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NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE NAMED "CARIBBEAN'S LEADING CRUISE LINE"

Company receives honor at 20th annual World Travel Awards Gala

Miami   -    Sep 12, 2013   ---   

Norwegian Cruise Line has been named "Caribbean's Leading Cruise Line" by the World Travel Awards.

 

The 20th annual awards, held on September 14 in Antigua, bestow the world's top travel companies with honors for outstanding products and services and are voted on by travel professionals and consumers from around the globe. Norwegian, which has been voted Europe's Leading Cruise Line for six consecutive years as well as the World's Leading Large Ship Cruise Line, has eight spectacular Freestyle Cruising vessels sailing the Caribbean this winter from four convenient departure ports, and will soon have a ship sailing to the Caribbean year-round from Miami when Norwegian Getaway joins the fleet in February 2014.

 

"It is such an honor to receive this award from travel partners and consumers worldwide," said Kevin Sheehan, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line. "As we prepare to introduce Norwegian Getaway to the Caribbean in February, this prestigious designation makes us very proud and I know that our Caribbean experience will be enhanced even more by this incredible new ship."

 

Setting sail from Miami year-round to the Eastern Caribbean, Norwegian Getaway will embody the essence of the Magic City, and feature ground breaking entertainment experiences like the GRAMMY® Experience at sea, with live performances by past GRAMMY winners and nominees; The Illusionarium is an all-new dining and entertainment experience that will envelop guests in the fascinating world of magic; 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.

 

Foodies setting sail from Miami on Norwegian Getaway can feast in their choice of 27 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.

 

Norwegian's largest ship to date, Norwegian Epic, sails to the sunny Eastern Caribbean destinations on seven-day cruises from Miami starting November 2, 2013. Voted "Best Ship for Sea Days" by Cruise Critic and "Best Overall Cruise Ship" by the readers of Travel Weekly two years in a row, Norwegian Epic will visit tropical destinations including; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands and Nassau, Bahamas.

 

Other ships sailing the Caribbean from Miami include Norwegian Pearl, offering seven-day cruises to the Western Caribbean and Norwegian Sun, sailing 10 or 11-day cruises to the Southern Caribbean.

 

Guests in Tampa, New York City and New Orleans can also cruise to the Caribbean on Norwegian. Vacationers looking to cruise from Tampa can set sail on board Norwegian Dawn to the Western Caribbean, starting November 17, 2013. Norwegian Gem offers spectacular nine-day Eastern Caribbean cruises from New York City, starting October 19, 2013, while Norwegian Breakaway, the ship that brings the best of NYC to Sea, offers guests the chance to cruise from the Big Apple to the Bahamas & Florida starting October 13, 2013. Making her debut in New Orleans this season, Norwegian Jewel will offer seven-day Western Caribbean cruises beginning October 13, 2013.

 

For more information on Norwegian Cruise Line, or to book a cruise, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 866-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit www.ncl.com. Additional information on Norwegian Getaway can be found at www.getaway.ncl.com.

 

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.

 

High resolution, downloadable images are available at www.ncl.com/pressroom. For further information on Norwegian Cruise Line, visit www.ncl.com, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @Norwegiancruiseline, Pin us on Pinterest, watch us on YouTube, or contact us in the U.S. and Canada at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784).

 

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AnneMarie Mathews
Vice President of Public Relations
Public Relations Department
7665 Corporate Center Drive
Miami, FL 33126
305-436-4713
publicrelations@ncl.com