The Tony-award-winning musical, Kinky Boots, will make its seafaring debut on Norwegian Encore with a special 90-minute show.

The announcement came during the keel-laying ceremony for Encore, Norwegian Cruise Line’s new ship, held 28 November, in Papenburg, northern Germany, at the Meyer Werft shipyard.

Encore will feature a two-level race track, standing nearly 1,150 feet high – the largest race track at sea. 

Meanwhile, the Galaxy Pavilion will offer a 10,000 square foot indoor virtual reality complex as well as an open-air laser tag arena.

Additional entertainment that made a debut on Norwegian Bliss and will be available on Norwegian Encore includes Happy Hour Prohibition: The Musical, the interactive cocktails and theatre show, and the The Cavern Club, which features performances from a Beatles cover band.

Commenting on the new amenities, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line’s Andy Stuart said the news showcased “the evolution of the meaningful and unforgettable experiences that [NCL] is dedicated to providing [its] guests”.

He added: “Norwegian Encore’s keel laying ceremony was not only special because we crossed a key construction milestone, but because we celebrated the incredible partnership we have had with the Meyer Werft team – a team of talented individuals who have built some of our most innovative ships.”

“We are honoured to celebrate the construction milestone and keel laying of Norwegian Encore, another ship of the brand’s fleet built by Meyer Werft during the long-term relationship with Norwegian Cruise Line,” said Stephan Schmees, project manager and member of the board for Meyer Werft. “We look forward to delivering this incredible ship in the fall of 2019 and showcasing the technology and innovation made in Germany.”

Accommodating up to 4,000 guests, Encore will cruise out of Miami every Sunday and sail seven-day voyages to the Eastern Caribbean, beginning with her first voyage on 17 November next year.