The first floating Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant and 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar will set sail this fall onboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s new Norwegian Escape. The ship’s Margaritaville restaurant and bar, which will be one of Norwegian Escape’s complimentary dining outlets, will offer the chain’s signature items like the Cheeseburger in Paradise and Who’s to Blame Margarita. The 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar, a full-service music venue and outdoor bar, will feature live nightly performances.
In addition to the venues on Norwegian Escape, the cruise line’s partnership with the restaurant chain includes Margaritaville branded food and beverage locations on Norwegian’s new island destination in Harvest Caye, Belize, and a 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar on Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas, both planned to debut in 2015. The partnership with Margaritaville Holdings, which Norwegian CEO John Cohlan described as “a perfect match between two brands that celebrate escapism, relaxing and having fun,” will extend to other ships in Norwegian’s fleet in the future.
Norwegian Escape will begin weekly seven-day cruises from her year-round homeport of Miami to the Eastern Caribbean beginning in November. The ship will be the largest to home port year-round in Miami, according to the company, carrying 4,200 guests to tropical Caribbean destinations including St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands and Nassau, Bahamas.