Grammy Nominated Percussionist Sammy Figueroa to Headline the Grammy Experience at Sea on Norwegian Getaway
Miami - Feb 10, 2014
Legendary jazz percussionist Sammy Figueroa will be the next headline act on Norwegian Getaway's GRAMMY® Experience at Sea beginning February 15, 2014. He will succeed Latin jazz flautist Nestor Torres after the ship's inaugural Eastern Caribbean cruise, beginning an eight-week residency on Norwegian's most spectacular ship from through April 12, 2014.
Sammy Figueroa has long been considered to be one of the great musicians of the world, known for his ability to play in all genres from bebop to pop, from Latin to R & B, from New Age to symphonic. In addition to his own three albums, two of which received GRAMMY® Nominations for Best Latin Jazz Album, he has played on countless GRAMMY®-winning hit records including Mariah Carey's MTV Unplugged, David Bowie's 'Let's Dance,' Miles Davis' 'Man With A Horn,' Sonny Rollins' 'Road Shows II,' Average White Band's 'Cut The Cake,' Nile Rogers' 'Chic' and 'Sister Sledge' and countless other albums. He has also appeared regularly with the David Letterman and Saturday Night Live bands. In addition to his two GRAMMY® Nominations, he was twice named NARAS Percussionist of the Year.
Although Sammy spent many years as New York's number one percussionist, it was in South Florida that he discovered a new vision as a solo artist. Moving to Miami in 2001, he became a part of a community of spectacular players, composers and arrangers from Venezuela, Cuba, Brazil, Argentina and other Latin countries. Forming his own band with the best musicians in town, he never looked back. Now he is a resident of Miami Beach, with a weekly radio show on WDNA and a large following of enthusiastic fans.
"Every day I can see the ships coming in and out of the Port of Miami from my balcony in South Beach," he says. "Now I get to be on one of those ships!" Sammy will play every evening at The GRAMMY® Experience on Deck 8 of Norwegian Getaway. He is designing a special show for this venue, forming a new band with musicians from Norwegian Cruise Line's roster. Not only will he be playing selections from his own two GRAMMY® nominated albums, he will also be covering music from other GRAMMY® winning and nominated albums on which he has played. An evening at The GRAMMY® Experience will culminate with Sammy's GRAMMY® Jam at 11 pm every night, with special guests and an opportunity for other musicians from the ship to sit in with Sammy.
Anyone who has seen Sammy perform live can testify that he is not only a spectacular virtuoso, he also has a hilarious sense of humor - his buoyancy and ebullience connect him with audiences in a very special way. As host of The GRAMMY® Experience audiences will have an opportunity to hear and see him in an intimate venue. In addition to the live show, guests will also enjoy viewing a variety of music memorabilia chosen and curated by the GRAMMY® Museum at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles.
Sammy Figueroa endorses Pearl Percussion and be playing Pearl Elite congas and other Pearl percussion instruments onstage in The Grammy® Experience.
"It's a great honor to be part of this new partnership. The Recording Academy is an outstanding organization that does so much for the music world and Norwegian Cruise Line is simply the best." Sammy extends an invitation to his fans and friends "to come and join me for a Caribbean cruise on Norwegian Getaway – meet me over at The GRAMMY® Experience on Deck 8 – I'll be waiting there for you!"
Christened in Miami on February 7 by the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders and with a performance by international superstar Armando Christian Perez aka Pitbull, Norwegian Getaway is Miami's ultimate ship. She embodies the essence of her tropical hometown with hull artwork by Miami's own David "LEBO" Le Batard, which features a whimsical mermaid holding the sun above the waves.
Featuring groundbreaking entertainment, the ship is the first to feature the GRAMMY® Experience at Sea, which will include artifacts chosen and curated by the GRAMMY Museum® along with live performances by past GRAMMY winners and nominees, among others. Another first of its kind at sea, The Illusionarium is an all-new dining and entertainment experience that will envelop guests in the fascinating world of magic, inviting them to experience the astonishing illusions of world-class magicians and supernatural special effects. In addition, Norwegian Getaway boasts sizzling Latin-inspired dance productions by Broadway sensation, Burn the Floor; performances of the seven-time Tony Award nominated musical LEGALLY BLONDE; hilarious comedy headliners produced by Levity Entertainment Group; and the sing along fun of the dueling pianos of Howl at the Moon. To cap off a spectacular cruise experience, every sailing will feature a dazzling fireworks show at sea, set to music, as part of a dance party in the ship's outdoor club, Spice H20.
Similar to sister ship Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Getaway dazzles guests with the excitement of 678 Ocean Place and The Waterfront, a variety of interconnected indoor and outdoor venues on three dynamic decks that creates a multiplex of dining, activities and more, and enhances guests' connection with the ocean. Norwegian Getaway also features Miami's coolest place to chill out - the ship's SVEDKA/Inniskillin Ice Bar, featuring Art Deco-style décor, reminiscent of Miami Beach's famous Ocean Drive.
Foodies setting sail from Miami on Norwegian Getaway can feast in their choice of 28 incredible dining options, including Celebrity Chef and Food Network star Geoffrey Zakarian's three dining concepts: Ocean Blue by Geoffrey Zakarian; Ocean Blue on the Waterfront and The Raw Bar. Buddy Valastro, star of the popular TLC series "Cake Boss" also has an outpost of his famous Carlo's Bakery onboard, serving up delicious treats like cannolis, lobster tails and specialty cakes.
For families, Nickelodeon®, the number-one entertainment brand for kids, is on board and includes a variety of exciting interactive experiences, along with the opportunity to meet SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, Dora the Explorer and Diego, among other favorites. Norwegian Getaway also includes an all new pirate-themed Nickelodeon Kids' Aqua Park where children can cool off with colorful, whimsical and larger than life Nickelodeon characters from Bikini Bottom.
The three-story Sports Complex features the Aqua Park with five thrilling water slides, two swimming pools and one of the largest multi-level elevated ropes course that challenge guests to more than 40 different elements, including a zip track. For a thrill like no other, guests can confront The Plank, a platform that extends eight feet over the side of the ship. A nine-hole miniature golf course is located beneath the ropes course, offering family fun with friendly competition. A rock climbing wall, bungee trampoline and spider web, a 24-foot enclosed climbing cage complete with a spiral slide, round out the activities.
Norwegian Getaway offers a variety of flexible accommodations ranging from Studio staterooms specially designed for solo travelers, to balcony and family staterooms and opulent suites in The Haven, the ultimate in luxury accommodations.
About Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 46-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising, most notably with the introduction of Freestyle Cruising which revolutionized the industry by giving guests more freedom and flexibility. Today, Norwegian invites guests to "Cruise Like a Norwegian" on one of 12 purpose-built Freestyle Cruising ships, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed, resort style cruise vacation on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea. Recently, the line was named "Europe's Leading Cruise Line" by the World Travel Awards for the sixth consecutive year.
The Company took delivery of its most innovative ship to date, the 4,000-passenger Norwegian Breakaway on April 25, 2013. Known as New York's ship, Norwegian Breakaway is the largest vessel to homeport year-round in the city and includes hull art by legendary artist Peter Max; seafood restaurant Ocean Blue by famed New York Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian; bakery by Buddy Valastro, star of the TLC series "Cake Boss;" and fitness classes and a retrospective display from the ship's iconic godmothers, the Rockettes®. The entertainment lineup includes three Broadway shows: Rock of Ages, Burn the Floor and Cirque Dreams™ & Dinner: Jungle Fantasy. Sister ship Norwegian Getaway, currently under construction at Meyer Werft, will be the largest ship to homeport year-round in Miami and will sail Eastern Caribbean voyages beginning in February. The Company also has two larger "Breakaway Plus" vessels on order for delivery in the fall of 2015 and spring of 2017.
The Company's largest ship, the 4,100 passenger Norwegian Epic has been named "Best Overall Cruise Ship" by the readers of Travel Weekly two years in a row and "Best Ship for Sea Days" by Cruise Critic. Norwegian Cruise Line is the official cruise line of Blue Man Group, appearing for the first time at sea on Norwegian Epic, as well as the official cruise line of Legends in Concert, The Second City®, Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos, and Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids. Cirque Dreams™ & Dinner is also featured on board Norwegian Epic as the first show of its kind at sea under a big top.
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