ROYAL CARIBBEAN RAISES THE BAR ON AWARD-WINNING OASIS-CLASS SHIPS WITH ROYAL ADVANTAGE ENHANCEMENTS
Dynamic New Culinary Concepts, Broadway Show and Exciting Retail Offerings, to Debut on Oasis-Class

MIAMI, Oct. 14, 2014 – Sailing aboard the world’s largest and most exciting cruise ships will now come with even more bragging rights. Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas emerges from a 14-day drydock today with a new look including reimagined dining, game-changing high-speed internet, exciting new retail offerings, a new popular and favorite Broadway show, new suites with exclusive suite dining and lounge. Sistership Allure of the Seas will follow suit in May 2015 with nearly identical enhancements. During their respective drydock, each ship’s seven neighborhoods will be enhanced as part of the cruises line’s Royal Advantage commitment to deliver the best vacation offerings and to introduce guests to even more new features and personalized experiences that can only be found when sailing with Royal Caribbean.

“Royal Caribbean’s legacy of innovation brought the revolutionary Oasis-class ships to life and in that spirit, during the Oasis of the Seas’ and Allure of the Seas’ drydocks we are adding features and experiences to wow our guests even more,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, executive vice president, Operations, Royal Caribbean International. “One of the many exciting new features is Dynamic Dining, which has received an overwhelmingly positive response from our guests. We are expanding this new dining program, in line with our Royal Advantage commitment, to offer our guests and prospective consumers the amenities that appeal most to them according to the feedback we receive.”

Even More New Culinary Concepts

A key element of any vacation, dining provides vacation-goers with the opportunity to experience new flavors and indulge in old favorites. Royal Caribbean’s Dynamic Dining, allows guests to tempt their taste buds with more choice and flexibility than ever before by offering guests a landscape of 20 restaurants, as vast and varied as dining in the world’s most cosmopolitan cities.

Royal Caribbean has recreated the original Oasis-class three-story main dining room into three distinct complimentary venues introducing bold new concepts each with their own cuisine and ambiance:

  • American Icon Grill offers guests a take on the classic American road trip pulling together best-loved regional favorites into one comfort-style menu;
  • Silk is a vibrant and exotic destination where the spices of the Far East bring new flavor to adventurous palates through a Pan-Asian menu;
  • The Grande, where every night is formal night, offers an elegant ambiance and refined cuisine.

Guests will enjoy menus of the new concepts beginning March 14, 2015, onboard Oasis of the Seas. Guests sailing Oasis of the Seas prior to March 14, will enjoy the traditional dining room experience in the newly designed spaces.
As part of Dynamic Dining guests will have full control of their own epicurean journey with a tantalizing selection of specialty restaurants including four new unique concepts:

  • Izumi Hibachi & Sushi, a reimagined Izumi Japanese Cuisine offering a full teppanyaki menu as well as fresh and flavorful sushi rolls and sashimi;
  • Sabor Taqueria & Tequila Bar, first introduced aboard Navigator of the Seas to rave reviews, will feature a mouthwatering menu of authentic, modern and unexpected Mexican dishes including hand-made tableside guacamole. These dishes can be complemented by a curated beverage menu of tequilas, mezcal, and Mexican beers, as well as delicious sangrias and tableside-mixed margaritas;
  • Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine, a unique culinary adventure for the senses where Royal Caribbean chefs twist their culinary kaleidoscopes in a whimsical setting that challenges the imagination with never-before-seen fare;
  • Coastal Kitchen is an exclusive restaurant for suite guests and Pinnacle members, that fuses Mediterranean influences with the unmatched riches of California’s bountiful farmlands and features. The experience is complemented by a robust wine list, curated specifically for the venue.

Finally guests will continue to enjoy Giovanni’s Table, 150 Central Park and Vintage Wine Bar, the hugely successful specialty dining concepts introduced on the Oasis-class in 2009.

Technology

Royal Caribbean’s commitment to provide the best vacation experience is at the heart of its Royal Advantage program which takes its latest innovations and most popular features and expands them to even its newest ships, such as:

  • Boatloads of Bandwidth, the game-changing partnership with technology partner O3b that will offer guests onboard Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas connectivity that matches fast broadband connections onshore and is greater than all other cruise ships combined. These new capabilities, allow the cruise line to offer affordable, easy-to-use Internet packages so that guests may watch streaming video, check email, share images on social media and enjoy face-to-face video conversations – even in the middle of the ocean.
  • Royal iQ is a new app that puts guests in charge of their vacation choices.  Thanks to the dramatically improved connectivity, Royal iQ is able to continue dining reservations, shore excursions and spa appointments onboard, through both a downloadable app and at freestanding iQ stations around the ship.  Guests also can use Royal iQ as a convenient calendar that provides at-a-glance views of their program and to keep in touch with one another and home via phone and text capabilities.

New Exclusive Suite Experience

Royal Caribbean is introducing 10 new suites on Oasis-class ships, offering breathtaking views of the ocean or the ships’ signature AquaTheater and Boardwalk neighborhood and includes, two Royal Suites, six Grand Suites and two Royal Family Suites, which can accommodate up to six guests. These suites offer a new level of sophistication when paired with the variety of new exclusive suite amenities that include:

  • The Suite Lounge, an exclusive lounge area for suite guests to relax offering unmatched expansive views of the ship and sea;
  • The Sun Deck, a new sun deck area that gives suites guests the chance to soak-up and relax in the Caribbean sun with lounge furniture, shaded and seating areas and private service;
  • Coastal Kitchen is a suites only full-service restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner with a Mediterranean flare.

New Broadway Show

Oasis of the Seas’ introduced the first-ever, fully-licensed Broadway show at sea and now, the ship will bring one of the longest running productions on Broadway, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony award winning CATS to sea for the first time.  Beginning June 2015, sister ship Allure of the Seas will feature MAMMA MIA!, the smash hit musical based on the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs.

Superior Shopping at Sea

Known for its first at sea offerings, Royal Caribbean is introducing the playfully sophisticated designs of kate spade new york to Oasis-class on its popular Royal Promenade, a first at sea. Rounding out the diverse onboard shopping are two guest favorites Michael Kors and the Britto Art Gallery, as well as a whole new line-up of merchandise and fashion jewelry such as, Alexis Bittar, Uno de 50, Lauren G Adams, and Nina Nguyen.

These enhancements take many of the best features the cruise line has created in recent years and introduces them to its newest ships, by building on Royal Caribbean’s best-in-class global vacation offering and delivering to guests the Royal Advantage – the industry’s most innovative cruise ships, combined with exciting itineraries and destinations, and world-renowned friendly and engaging Gold Anchor Service.

More information on specific roll out dates for Oasis-class ships is available at: www.RoyalCaribbean.com.

Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas sail alternating seven-night Western and Eastern Caribbean itineraries every Saturday and Sunday, respectively from Fort Laurderdale, Fla., visiting exciting warm-weather getaways in the Caribbean. During the 2015 Europe season, Allure of the Seas will be homeported at Barcelona, Spain, for the first full Oasis-class Europe season.

Media can find more details, images and videos at www.RoyalCaribbeanPressCenter. com.

NORWEGIAN’S NEW SOUTH AMERICA SAILINGS OPEN FOR SALE

Norwegian SunStarting today, guests can book a new South America cruise on Norwegian Sun or a Caribbean sailing from Port Canaveral on Norwegian Spirit

Norwegian Cruise Line’s new South America itineraries for 2015/16 are open for booking beginning today, along with alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, Florida, and select Eastern and Panama Canal cruises from Miami.

Norwegian Sun will return to South America for the first time since 2010, sailing 14-day South American voyages between Santiago (Valparaiso), Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina from November 4, 2015 to March 26, 2016. Ports of call include Puerto Montt, Chile; Puerto Chacabuco, Chile; Punta Arenas, Chile; Ushuaia, Argentina; Stanley, Falkland Islands; Puerto Madryn, Argentina; and Montevideo, Uruguay. Guests on board will also enjoy a scenic cruise through the Chilean Fjords, Strait of Magellan and around Cape Horn. Fares start at $1199 per person.

Norwegian Sun will also offer several other itineraries from the West Coast in the fall of 2015, including: a four-day Pacific Coastal from Vancouver on September 28, 2015; three 11-day Mexican Riviera cruises from San Diego; a 17-day voyage to South America from San Diego on November 4, 2015, including an overnight in Lima, Peru, with an optional overnight excursion to Macchu Picchu; and a 20-Day South American Explorer cruise from Santiago (Valparaiso), Chile to San Francisco on April 9, 2016, also offering an optional overnight excursion to Macchu Picchu.

Returning to the Caribbean from Europe, Norwegian Spirit will offer alternating seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries departing Port Canaveral, Florida every Saturday from November 21, 2015 through April 16, 2016. Norwegian Spirit’s Eastern Caribbean itinerary visits Nassau, Bahamas; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Tortola, British Virgin Islands. The ship’s Western Caribbean itinerary will include stops in Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; and Norwegian’s private island, Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. Fares start at $499 per person. Guests can also book the ship’s Transatlantic voyage from Barcelona to Port Canaveral, a 16-day itinerary departing on November 5, 2015, with ports of call in Madeira, Spain; St. John’s, Antigua; Basseterre, St. Kitts; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and St. Thomas, USVI. Fares for the Transatlantic cruise begin at $699 per person.

Guests looking to sail the Eastern Caribbean from Miami have two additional itineraries available for booking today aboard Norwegian Pearl: an eight-day cruise departing on January 2, 2015 that also includes a stop at Norwegian’s private island in the Bahamas, Great Stirrup Cay, as well as a seven-day voyage departing on February 6, 2015. Fares for both cruises begin at $499 per person. Also on sale today is an 11-day roundtrip Panama Canal cruise from Miami in fall 2015 aboard Norwegian Pearl that will include a stop at Norwegian’s new island in Belize, Harvest Caye. Departing on October 18, 2015, the itinerary includes ports of call in Cartagena, Colombia; a daytime transit of the Panama Canal; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Banana Coast, Honduras; Harvest Caye, Belize; and Costa Maya, Mexico. Fares begin at $1049 per person.

THE MOST EXCITING LAS VEGAS ATTRACTION TO HIT THE STRIP

Shining bright on the Las Vegas Strip, the 550-foot-tall High Roller is the world’s largest observation wheel.

This stunning Las Vegas attraction provides tourists and locals alike the ride of a lifetime. The epic wheel is the crown jewel of The LINQ, the Strip’s all-new outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment district. The High Roller has 28 spherical, Italian-handcrafted glass-enclosed cabins, each weighing 44,000 pounds. Passengers can enjoy breathtaking Las Vegas views in a 30-minute ride, the time it takes for the entire wheel to rotate. Additionally, there are two booths per cabin.

Each stylish, modern-styled cabin holds up to 40 people, totaling 1,120 at full capacity. Whether renting out a cabin for wedding, private party or flying solo, each 44,000-pound pod features dynamic music and video shows as riders take in the 360-degree sights. There’s also an adjacent wheelhouse where guests can reserve private parties and banquets.

A SPECTACULAR YEAR-ROUND LAS VEGAS LIGHT SHOW

Parallel to Las Vegas Boulevard, the massive wheel dazzles with more than 2,000 LED lights and serves as The LINQ’s sparkling focal point. The ever-changing colors are such a beauty and display a nightly glorious light show. The lights turn on starting at dusk and stay on until early morning. Lights range from bright pink, turquoise, purple, green and white, as well as color combinations. If you’re not busy admiring the scenery, each cabin comes equipped with eight monitor screens playing video and music shows.

The High Roller and accompanying LINQ district maintain Las Vegas as a forward-thinking destination. Together, they offer the most exciting range of entertainment, dining, retail and nightlife offerings in the world.

Tickets can be bought individually or in groups. Groups of 10 or more receive discounted rates.

EXPERT TIPS:

If you’re all about sightseeing, book your ride right at sunset or nighttime – the Vegas lights are out of this world. Also, don’t be afraid to ride during summer days – the cabins offer air-conditioning.

The High Roller’s wheelhouse sells drinks from its bar. Feel free to bring it with you on the wheel.

Save time – The LINQ’s valet is right by the High Roller. If you’re driving east on Flamingo (away from the Strip), turn left LINQ Lane and drive straight. It will be right before The Quad’s back entrance.

Stick around before or after your High Roller experience – The LINQ offers plenty to see and do, from musical acts at Brooklyn Bowl to amazing drink concoctions at Yard House and BLVD. Cocktail.

Memorialize your experience – The High Roller features a gift shop at the base of the wheel, including everything from T-shirts, key chains and other fun souvenirs.

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NORWEGIAN LAUNCHES ULTIMATE DINING PACKAGE

Norwegian Cruise Lines

Offers guests the opportunity to experience Norwegian’s specialty restaurants throughout their cruise

MIAMI – January 13, 2014 — Norwegian Cruise Line today introduced an all-new way for guests to have access to one of Norwegian’s specialty restaurants every night of their cruise. Called “Norwegian’s Ultimate Dining Package,” this new program provides the opportunity for guests to experience each of the line’s most popular specialty restaurants including Cagney’s, the line’s signature steakhouse; French bistro, Italian restaurant, Moderno Churrascaria, Asian-Fusion Restaurant and more*, at a special rate based on the length of the cruise. The package is currently available on all Norwegian ships fleet wide.

“We are excited to offer guests the Ultimate Dining Package, giving them the opportunity to experience each of our incredible specialty restaurants,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “The Ultimate Dining Package truly captures the essence of Freestyle Cruising by allowing guests to dine in the specialty restaurant of their choice, every night of their cruise, at one very reasonable package price.”

The Ultimate Dining Package gives guests the opportunity to have a taste of something deliciously new every night of their cruise when they experience the array of specialty restaurants found on board Norwegian ships. Diners will delight in Norwegian’s signature steakhouse, featuring succulent grilled steaks, perfectly cooked double cut lamb chops and other delectable steakhouse favorites. Another one of Norwegian’s signature specialty restaurants is the French bistro, where guests will enjoy French favorites such as escargot, coq au vin and a spectacular vanilla crème brulee for dessert. Guests will also love dining in Norwegian’s traditional Italian restaurant, where they can feast on a variety of pastas, made-to-order specialty pizzas, and other Italian favorites such as chicken parmesan and osso bucco in a casual atmosphere. At Norwegian’s Asian Fusion restaurant, guests can experience the flavors of the far east including Japanese Teppanyaki, Chinese or Pan-Asian Cuisine. Meat lovers will delight in the opportunity to dine in Moderno Churrascaria, where unlimited servings of succulent Brazilian barbeque are served tableside by Norwegian’s own passadores.

Norwegian’s Ultimate Dining Package is available in tiers based on cruise length. On three to six day voyages, guests can dine anywhere throughout their cruise at a set price of $59 per person; for seven-day voyages, the package is $119 per person; $149 per person on eight to 10 day cruises; $199 per person for cruises of 10 to 15 days; $259 per person during cruises of 16 days to 25 days; $299 per person during cruises of 26 days to 35 days and $349 per person during cruises of 36 days to 45 days.

To take advantage of the Ultimate Dining Package, guests with a current cruise reservation can either pre-purchase the package by logging into their “myncl” account on www.ncl.com, by contacting Norwegian reservations at 888-NCL-CRUISE or by purchasing the package on board during the first or second day of their cruise.

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 the Miami Dolphins/Sun Life Stadium, Blue Man Group and Legends in Concert; and the official cruise line partner of The GRAMMY Awards and is an official partner of the Rockettes and Radio City Music Hall.

FOR THE ULTIMATE IN LUXURY, NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE
INTRODUCES A BUTLER-DRAWN BATH MENU

Norewgian Cruise Line

MIAMI – December 12, 2013 – Norwegian Cruise Line has added another element of luxury to the line’s array of exclusive suite amenities by introducing a new, first of its kind in the cruise industry “Bath Butler” menu, offering guests the opportunity to pamper themselves with one of the line’s signature baths, which are drawn by the suite guest’s dedicated certified butler. The butler baths are listed on an in-suite menu and available in all suites fleet wide, including those in the Haven by Norwegian, the line’s exclusive ship-within-in-a-ship suite complex.

“Norwegian’s suites offer a level of service and array of exclusive amenities that can only be found in five and six star land-based resorts,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “With the introduction of our Bath Butler Menu, we are taking luxury to the next level and know that our guests will love pampering themselves with one of these specially designed baths drawn by our certified butlers.”

Norwegian’s Bath Butler Menu features seven different luxury bath packages, each inspired by one of Norwegian’s spectacular destinations. Every package also includes a tasty treat and refreshing beverage selection. Many of Norwegian’s suite bath tubs also have views of the ocean for an even more luxurious experience.

For those guests wanting the ultimate in pampering, Norwegian’s signature drawn bath is the unparalleled Mediterranean Soak. For $499, guests will bask in the French verbena bubbles that surround them, as they block out the world with their eye mask while sipping on a glass of chilled Dom Perignon champagne, poured from the bottle that sits beside them. In addition, guests who indulge in the Mediterranean Soak will enjoy feasting on sturgeon caviar.

Additional Bath Menu options include:

Mexican Riviera Retreat, $99: Guests can ease into a siesta with a lime exfoliating body scrub with loofah. Then enjoy the perfect nightcap of a freshly made, all natural margarita with 100% agave tequila, premium triple orange liqueur and fresh squeezed limes.

Caribbean Calm, $99: Guests will feel like they are in the tropics while enjoying a passion fruit bath gel with exfoliator gloves, topped off with a hand-muddled Mojito prepared with Bacardi Superior, fresh mint and hand pressed limes.

Hawaiian Bloom, $99: Aloha! Guests will find their own tropical paradise by slipping into a plumeria milk bath with floating flowers and be treated to a coconut kiwi pineapple splash prepared with Bacardi Rock Coconut, pineapple juice, lemon lime soda with chunks of fresh pineapple and kiwi.

Alaskan Plunge, $99: Guests will experience refreshing relaxation with pine bath salts and a back scratcher. After soaking, guests can enjoy a cold pitcher of strawberry lemonade with Stolichnaya vodka, fresh strawberries and hand pressed lemons.

Great Island Oasis, $99: Guests will find they are in their own private oasis as they slip into a seaweed eucalyptus bath, complete with bath pillow and passion punch made with passion fruit liqueur, vodka, fresh fruit juices and sparkling wine.

Wonder waterfall, $49: Bath time should be fun time for the kids. The perfect time for kids to splash around with kiwi fruit berry bath bombs. Then treat them to a yummy kid-friendly strawberry and banana smoothie.

Line unveils details about the ship’s Nickelodeon® pirate-themed Aqua Park and expansive two-story Splash Academy complex

Norwegian Cruise LinesNorwegian Getaway will offer families the ultimate vacation experience as the line announced that Nickelodeon®, the number-one entertainment brand for kids, will have a presence on its newest ship, Norwegian Getaway, when it sets sail from Miami beginning February 1, 2014. Guests sailing on Norwegian Getaway will have the opportunity to cruise with SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, Dora the Explorer and Diego, among other favorite Nickelodeon characters; as well as participate in a variety of exciting interactive Nickelodeon experiences. Norwegian Getaway will include some of the popular family events, shows and activities that guests enjoy on Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Epic and soon Norwegian Breakaway, including “Name that Game” an exciting brand-new experience that will debut on Norwegian Breakaway.

Norwegian Getaway will be the fifth Norwegian ship to offer Nickelodeon experiences, and will offer the latest in Nickelodeon activities and events that kids of all ages will enjoy. Following its premier on Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Getaway will offer families the opportunity to experience the all-new “Name that Game,” an exciting combination of trivia, speed, skill and slime, where participants will hit the buzzer, race the clock and get extreme as they experience the best of Nickelodeon’s famous game shows live on one stage.

Norwegian Getaway will also feature the popular Nickelodeon Pajama Jam, where kids have the opportunity to enjoy an action-packed breakfast experience with their favorite Nickelodeon Characters; Dora’s Dance Party, where kids will have the chance to sing and dance to their favorite songs with Dora the Explorer and Team Nick; Nickelodeon Character Meet and Greets; Story Time with Dora; and Nickelodeon Arts and Crafts.

The line also announced that the ship will feature 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, including SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, Squidward and more. The area will include a kid-sized pool and slide, along with multiple water features that squirt and shower guests with delight.

Nickelodeon characters and themed activities will also be featured in Splash Academy, the ship’s youth area offering merriment for kids ages three to 12. Like her sister-ship, Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Getaway features a centrally-located Splash Academy complex that spans two decks, 12 and 13. It is also adjacent and easily accessible to the ship’s family-friendly staterooms. The reception area, located on Deck 12, is in close proximity to the forward elevators. As parents enter, they will utilize Norwegian’s e-Youth tablet-based electronic registration which allows them to swipe their keycard and input a password to sign in their children. Just past the brightly-colored and welcoming reception area, the three to five year olds will have their own space decorated with vibrant, engaging colors along with child-sized furniture. Wall mounted activities will keep little hands busy in between organized programming. In a separate area decorated with fun graphics to captivate children’s imaginations, the six to nine year olds will enjoy building block activity centers. An interactive dance mat with corresponding large video screen will encourage lots of activity. In addition, a dedicated space houses popular video game stations, along with a relaxing video viewing lounge.

On Norwegian Getaway, children ages 10 to 12 years old will have their own space on deck 13. It will include a multipurpose visual dance space with a touch screen jukebox, plenty of moveable tables for activities and comfortable bean bags for lounging. An activity zone will include everything needed for arts and crafts and more. There is also a “hang out” area with dedicated gaming stations that will feature the latest video games. Rounding out the space will be a cool and comfortable lounge area with sofas and chairs in vibrant colors creating the perfect atmosphere to chill out.

Entourage, located on Deck 16, is Norwegian Getaway’s high energy, exclusive teen zone for ages 13 through 17. This hip, sophisticated area was designed to give teens their own funky space that includes air hockey; foosball; and an arcade center with five separate areas featuring large screens to play the latest video games while lounging on comfy sofas. In the evening, Entourage transitions into a teens-only nightclub with a dance floor, large screen television and music, including a video jukebox. Entourage has the advantage of being located next to the video arcade and a step away from an outdoor eatery and refreshment area to round out the teens’ experience.

Currently being built at Meyer Werft in Germany, Norwegian Getaway will be 146,600 gross tons and offer a wide range of accommodations. The ship represents an opportunity for the Norwegian guest to “get away” from the routine of work, school, and daily stress, and find a true respite at sea that reflects the energy and culture that Miami is known for worldwide.

To date, the company has revealed the ship’s groundbreaking design, including The Waterfront and 678 Ocean Place; a wide range of indoor and outdoor venues on three dynamic decks that will create a whole new complex at sea that enhances guests’ connection with the ocean. Celebrity Chef and Food Network star Geoffrey Zakarian will also debut three dining concepts on Norwegian Getaway: Ocean Blue by Geoffrey Zakarian; Ocean Blue on the Waterfront and The Raw Bar. Norwegian Getaway will also be the first to have the GRAMMY® Experience at sea which will feature artifacts chosen and curated by the GRAMMY Museum® along with live performances by past

GRAMMY winners and nominees, among others. The ship will also feature an all-new dining and entertainment experience, The Illusionarium. A first of its kind at sea, The Illusionarium 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, every Norwegian Getaway sailing will feature a dazzling fireworks show.

The 4,000 passenger ship will also feature a rich mix of stateroom options, including The Haven by Norwegian, comprised of 42 Suites at the top of the ship in an exclusive, private key-card enclave and 22 additional Suites located throughout the ship; the innovative Studios, designed and priced for solo travelers; a wide range of Oceanview staterooms, Balcony and Mini-Suites; along with Spa Balcony, Mini-Suites and Suites in close proximity to the spa. Norwegian Getaway’s sister ship, Norwegian Breakaway, will begin sailing from her year-round home port of New York City in May 2013.

To celebrate the excitement of Nickelodeon’s presence on board Norwegian’s newest ships and to give families to get a taste of what it means to cruise like a Norwegian, Norwegian Cruise Line, in partnership with Nickelodeon, is hosting a party in New York City. Norwegian invites families and kids of all ages to join them in Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall on Saturday, April 27, 2013 for a day of family fun. Families who stop by the free event between 11:00am-5:00pm will have the opportunity to play a variety of interactive games and activities, enjoy surprise Nickelodeon character appearances, win prizes and much more.

Norwegian Getaway will sail seven-day cruises from Miami to the Eastern Caribbean beginning on February 1, 2014, with ports of call including Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas.

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Norwegian Announces 2014/2015 Caribbean, Bahamas & Florida Itineraries From Five Homeports

Line also unveils Canada & New England, Panama Canal, Mexican Riviera and Transatlantic/Repositioning cruises for 2014/2015

For the ultimate in sun and fun, Norwegian Cruise Line today announced its deployment for the fall and winter 2014/2015 season with eight contemporary ships sailing to the Caribbean and Bahamas & Florida from five homeports: Miami, New York, Tampa, Houston and New Orleans. Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Epic and Norwegian Pearl will set sail from Miami. Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Gem will continue to depart from New York. Norwegian Sun debuts in Tampa while Norwegian Dawn will be introduced to New Orleans. As previously announced, Norwegian Jewel will set sail from Houston. The line will also increase its seven-day Mexican Riviera sailings from Los Angeles and a series of Panama Canal voyages between Los Angeles and Miami. All of these cruises go on sale today, December 18, 2012 and can be booked in conjunction with the line’s “The Upgrade Wave” sales event.

Caribbean and Bahamas & Florida

Norwegian will have three ships sailing seven day or longer cruises from Miami in the fall and winter of 2014/2015, including Norwegian’s newest ship, Norwegian Getaway, sailing year-round to the Eastern Caribbean on seven-day cruises every Saturday. Miami’s newest ship will visit Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas.

Norwegian Epic returns for her fifth season in Miami, sailing a series of seven-day Western Caribbean cruises from November 9, 2014 to April 19, 2015. Departing on Sundays, the ship’s new, three-port itinerary features calls in Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico.

Offering longer cruise options, Norwegian Pearl is set to embark on alternating 10-day Eastern Caribbean and 11-day Southern Caribbean cruises between October 20, 2014 and April 6, 2015. Norwegian Pearl’s 10-day itinerary features stops in Tortola, British Virgin Islands; St. John’s, Antigua; Fort-de-France, Martinique; Basseterre, St. Kitts; and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The new 11-day itinerary calls on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Basseterre, St. Kitts; Castries, St. Lucia; Willemstad, Curacao; and Oranjestad, Aruba.

From New York, Norwegian Breakaway will sail a series of seven-day Bahamas & Florida itineraries from her year-round home port of New York City from October 5, 2014 to December 28, 2014 and from February 15, 2015 through April 9, 2015. New York’s ship will also sail three 12-day Southern Caribbean cruises on January 4, 2015; January 18, 2015; and February 1, 2015 with stops in San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Castries, St. Lucia; Bridgetown, Barbados; and Basseterre, St. Kitts.

Norwegian Gem will continue to sail from New York offering nine-day Eastern Caribbean cruises from October 18, 2014 through April 15, 2015 with stops in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; and Tortola, British Virgin Islands, along with four relaxing days at sea. The ship will also offer one-night cruises from New York throughout 2014 and 2015.

Norwegian Sun will arrive in Tampa for the first time and sail seven-day Western Caribbean itineraries departing every Sunday from October 19, 2014 to April 12, 2015. Ports of call include: Roatan, Bay Islands Honduras; Belize City, Belize; Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico.

In 2014, Norwegian will return to Houston, Texas with the arrival of Norwegian Jewel, sailing a series of Western Caribbean cruises from October 11, 2014 through April 11, 2015. Ports of call include: Cozumel, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; and Roatán, Bay Islands Honduras.

Norwegian Dawn will make her debut in New Orleans on November 23, 2014, offering a series of 21 seven-day Western Caribbean cruises through April 12, 2015 with stops in Roatan, Bay Islands Honduras; Belize City, Belize; Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico.

Canada & New England

For fall foliage viewing at its best, Norwegian Dawn will embark on four Canada & New England itineraries between Boston and Quebec from September 12 through October 3, 2014. These sailings can also be combined for an ultimate 14-day Canada & New England experience.

Norwegian Gem will offer a series of five seven-day Canada & New England cruises from New York beginning September 13 through October 11, 2014. Ports of call include: Halifax, Nova Scotia; Saint John, New Brunswick; Bar Harbor, Maine; Boston, Massachusetts; and Newport, Rhode Island.

Panama Canal and Mexican Riviera

Norwegian will increase the number of Mexican Riviera sailings in 2014, offering a series of seven-day cruises from Los Angeles, California on Norwegian Star from November 30, 2014 through December 28, 2014. Norwegian Star will then return to the Mexican Riviera in 2015 between March 1 and April 12, 2015. Ports of call include: Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, along with three relaxing days at sea. Norwegian Star will also sail seven Panama Canal cruises between Miami and Los Angeles or from Los Angeles to Miami in 2014 and three additional Panama Canal sailings in 2015.

On April 20, 2014, Norwegian Jewel will sail a 15-day Panama Canal cruise from New Orleans to Los Angeles, followed by a five-day Pacific Coastal voyage from Los Angeles to Vancouver, British Columbia on May 5, 2014.

On September 20, 2014, Norwegian Jewel will sail a five-day Pacific Coastal voyage from Vancouver, British Columbia to Los Angeles, followed by a 16-day Panama Canal cruise from Los Angeles to Houston departing on September 25, 2014.

Norwegian Pearl will sail a 15-day Panama Canal cruise from Miami to Los Angeles on April 18, 2014, followed by a seven-day British Colombia and US West Coast cruise from Los Angeles to Vancouver on May 3, 2014. The ship will depart Vancouver on September 28, 2014 on a five-day Pacific Coastal cruise to Los Angeles, followed by a 14-day Panama Canal sailing to Miami on October 3, 2014.

Norwegian Sun will depart Miami on April 28, 2014 on a 15-day Panama Canal voyage to Los Angeles, followed by a six-day Pacific Coastal cruise from Los Angeles to Vancouver on May 13, 2014. The ship will depart Vancouver on September 29 as it embarks on a five-day Pacific Coastal cruise to Los Angeles. On October 4, 2014, Norwegian Sun departs Los Angeles on a 15-day Panama Canal cruise ending in Tampa.

Transatlantics and Repositionings

Norwegian Epic will make two transatlantic voyages: an 11-day sailing on April 27, 2014 from Miami to Barcelona and a 14-day cruise October 26, 2014 from Barcelona to Miami. Norwegian Star will also make two transatlantic crossings: a 14-day from Miami to Copenhagen on May 5, 2014 and a 14-day voyage from Copenhagen to Miami on October 6, 2014.

Norwegian Dawn will reposition from Tampa to Boston on April 27, 2014 and sail a 12-day Caribbean Escape with stops in George Town, Grand Cayman; Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curacao; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. On November 7, 2014, Norwegian Dawn will reposition from Boston to New Orleans and sail a 14-day Caribbean Escape with ports of call to include San Juan, Puerto Rico; Willemstad, Curacao; Oranjestad, Aruba; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico.

Norwegian Cruise Line Opens New Marina and Dining Facility at Great Stirrup Cay

MIAMI – February 8, 2011 – Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that it has completed the first phase of enhancements at Great Stirrup Cay, the line’s 250-acre private island in the Bahamas. On Thursday, February 3, the company opened the new marina and dining facility on the island, representing a significant milestone in the more than $20 million enhancement project currently underway. Norwegian Sky’s 2,000 guests were the first to experience the opening of the marina basin with four docks for the island’s tenders and the new 8,500 square foot dining facility, complete with two bars and four picnic pavilions.

“Both the new marina and the dining facility greatly enhance the guest experience on Great Stirrup Cay which is our second busiest port of call this year,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s president and CEO. “By moving the tenders’ arrival to the marina and away from the beach, we have now opened up a great expanse of beachfront for our guests to enjoy and relax. We’ve also built a new large dining facility that is similar to the action station restaurants we have on board our Freestyle Cruising ships.”

The marina is approximately 12 feet deep at low water and is home to the island’s four tenders. It took more than eight months to excavate the basin and the entrance channel. The dining facility includes a central pizza making station, two grills, hot and cold food stations, as well as fresh fruits and breads. There are two full bars on either side of the facility for added convenience. The four pavilions, each more than 1800 square feet, offer picnic tables with a total seating capacity for more than 500 guests.

Enhancements to Great Stirrup Cay have been underway since January of 2010 and will continue through the end of this year. Several new island activities have been added since the project began including more than 16 wave runners, kayak rentals and an eco-adventure boat tour around the island. These are in addition to the existing snorkeling; floats; inflatable hippo slide; and parasailing.

The second phase of enhancements includes an arrival/departure pavilion, additional bar facilities; several comfort stations; a band stand; cruise program activity area; private beachfront cabanas; a kid’s play area; straw market; and beach volleyball courts. The beachfront will continue to be expanded on the island’s west end.

Norwegian has owned the island since 1977 when it became the first cruise line to offer an uninhabited tropical island experience exclusively for its guests. Great Stirrup Cay offers magnificent white sand beaches, majestic palms and calm, pristine waters where an abundance of colorful marine life inhabits the surrounding coral reefs.

Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Sky and Norwegian Pearl regularly call on Great Stirrup Cay throughout the year.

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As of December 1, 2010, Allure of the Seas is the first to welcome the DreamWorks Experience onboard our already stunning collection of experiences for the whole family. Allure of the Seas will be the exclusive ship in our fleet with the How to Train Your Dragon™ Ice Show and Madagascar™ Aqua Show.

The revolutionary design of Allure of the Seas will fill your days at sea with wonder: wake to two-story ocean views in our contemporary Loft Suites, hop onto a classic, full-sized carousel in our Boardwalk neighborhood, spend some quiet time in our adults-only Solarium, and let the kids’ imaginations run wild in our Youth Zone – the largest dedicated youth area at sea. Jump right into our Pool Zone, where you’ll find our H2O Zone, cantilevered whirlpools, FlowRiders® and a thrilling zip-line view of the ship and sea below. When it’s time to unwind, go for a stroll in Central Park – a meandering garden and lush public space lined with foliage and fine restaurants – or take in the majestic view from any of the multiple balconies overlooking the AquaTheater, the first amphitheater at sea.

With 28 ultra-modern loft suites and 2,700 spacious staterooms, this 16-deck marvel proves that the impossible is possible

Ship Highlights

7 distinctly designed neighborhoods including:

  • Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness
  • solo and couple massage suites
  • youth spa
  • complete hair and makeup services
  • 158 state-of-the-art cardio and resistance machines
  • pilates, kickboxing, yoga and spinning classes
  • Vitality Café

Pool and Sports Zone

  • H2O Zone aqua park for kids
  • 4 pools and 10 whirlpools
  • tranquil poolside Solarium area
  • 2 Flowriders®, sports courts, mini-golf and Zip line
  • Solarium Bistro, Wipe Out Café and Bar

Entertainment Place

  • Casino Royale
  • Studio B, featuring ice shows
  • Opal Theater – 1,380-seat venue
  • Blaze Nightclub, Jazz on 4, Comedy Live
  • Dazzles, featuring musical spectacles ranging from big band to disco

Youth Zone

  • Play – open gym and activity area
  • Adventure Ocean Theater and Science Lab
  • The Workshop – includes activities such as jewelry making & scrapbooking
  • Royal Babies & Royal Tots – nursery service
  • Teen Areas including Fuel disco, The Living Room lounge, the Back Deck and more

Ship Facts

  • Guest Capacity: 5,400 double occupancy
  • Gross Tonnage: 220,000
  • Staterooms: 2,700
  • Decks: 16 high
  • Length: 1,187′
  • Max Beam: 184.40′
  • Draft: 30′
  • Cruising Speed: 22 knots

 

NORWEGIAN EPIC DEBUTS ADVANCE, ONLINE TICKETING FOR WORLD-CLASS ENTERTAINMENT

MIAMI – May 17, 2010 – Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that its largest, most innovative Freestyle Cruising ship to date, Norwegian Epic, will feature a pre-cruise online reservation system for select on-board entertainment. Norwegian Epic is changing the face of cruise line entertainment with unprecedented and world-class on-board entertainment including Blue Man Group, Cirque Dreams™ & Dinner, The Second City® Comedy Troupe, Legends in Concert, Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos Show and Nickelodeon™ at Sea.

To book tickets for many of these stellar performances, Norwegian Epic guests can pre-book reservations prior to their cruise. Booked guests can go to the Norwegian website, www.ncl.com, log in to the “My NCL” section and visit a special entertainment page where they can select and reserve their desired performance. Pre-booking will be available for performances of Blue Man Group, Cirque Dreams & Dinner, Legends in Concert, The Second City Comedy Troupe, Nickelodeon™ Slime Time Live!, Breakfast with Nickelodeon™ and the Murder Mystery “Presumed Murdered.” Guests may make a reservation for each show once per sailing.

Online bookings open 45 days prior to sailing date. Reservations for entertainment events with no cover charge are valid until 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. At that time, all unclaimed reservations with be released to guests on a first come first serve basis. Cancellations of reservations for entertainment events which have a cover charge must be made no later than 24 hours prior to the scheduled start time to receive a full refund. If cancellation occurs with less than 24 hours notice, the full price of the ticket will be charged. Once on board, guests may still make reservations for available shows through the ship’s iTV system or by contacting the Box Office.

“Norwegian Epic will redefine cruise ship entertainment with its wide variety of world-class entertainment,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “We believe there will be a huge demand for the on-board entertainment and to ensure that guests can see the performances of their choice, we created a special pre-booking mechanism. We feel that this will further the Freestyle Cruising experience, offering guests unsurpassed flexibility and convenience.”

Guests will have many entertainment options and venues to choose from on board Norwegian Epic. Blue Man Group will perform eight shows per sailing; Legends in Concert, six performances; Legends Unplugged, three shows; Nickelodeon SlimeTime Live, three shows; Cirque Dreams & Dinner will be performed 12 shows per cruise; Second City, 14; Howl at the Moon, four shows; and there will be Breakfast with Nickelodeon on three mornings per sailing. Amongst the 13 entertainment venues is the first big top at sea, the Spiegel Tent, which will be home to Cirque Dreams & Dinner, created and directed by Neil Goldberg. A special Murder Mystery, called “Presumed Murdered,” presented by The Second City will also be featured in the Spiegel Tent one time per cruise.