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MIAMI, FL, April 19, 2004.- Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) today announced its deployment for 2005-06 expanding its presence in the company's key Homeland Cruising markets. Next year, NCL will deploy three ships in Hawai`i sailing 7-, 10- and 11-day cruises out of Honolulu, put a fourth ship in Alaska with three ships out of Seattle and one out of Vancouver, continue its position as a leader in Bermuda with departures from three eastern seaboard cities and differentiate its Caribbean deployment with innovative itineraries from five Homeland Cruising ports.
"Homeland Cruising is a core business strategy for the company both today and as we plan for the future," said Colin Veitch, president and CEO of NCL. "Our aim is to be the leader in popular cruise destinations as Hawai`i, Alaska's Inside Passage and Bermuda, and to offer the widest possible variety of innovative itineraries in the Caribbean."
Alaska - NCL will feature its largest Alaska deployment ever with four Freestyle Cruising ships departing from two Homeland Cruising ports - Seattle and Vancouver - and featuring the industry's only roundtrip 10- and 11-day itinerary out of Seattle and the only Alaska itinerary with Anchorage (Whittier or Seward) as a port of call. The move represents an expansion of NCL's Alaska program placing two of its biggest ships in Alaska for a total of four ships sailing 7-, 10- and 11-day cruises beginning May 2005. The line will place Norwegian Star, Norwegian Spirit and Norwegian Dream out of Seattle and Norwegian Sun out of Vancouver. Seven-day itineraries are on sale now. The 10/11 day itineraries will go on sale on April 26, 2004;
Bermuda - NCL will feature a selection of 52 weekly sailings from Boston, Philadelphia and New York, the only three-port Bermuda itinerary and the only sailings to Bermuda from Boston. On sale date is May 10, 2004;
Hawai`i - NCL will deploy three ships in the Aloha state - Pride of Aloha, which will continue 7-day roundtrip inter-island cruises from Honolulu, Norwegian Wind, which will continue her 10- and 11-day cruises from Honolulu featuring a call in Fanning Island, and Pride of America. Pride of America's new schedule will be announced in the near future. Pride of Aloha and Norwegian Wind itineraries go on sale on May 10, 2004;
Caribbean - NCL will feature its diverse and innovative Caribbean deployment from five Homeland Cruising ports including Charleston, Houston, Miami, New Orleans and New York, where NCL will again place Norwegian Dawn for year round sailings. Caribbean itineraries go on sale on May 24, 2004;
Mexican Riviera - NCL will deploy Norwegian Star back to Los Angeles, where she will continue her 8-day exotic itinerary featuring the industry's only weekly cruise out of Los Angeles to include the Mexican Rivera's most famous playground, Acapulco, with a full day and overnight stay. The cruise also includes a call into Zihuatanejo and the traditional favorites of Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas. Itineraries go on sale on May 17, 2004.
South America - NCL will deploy Norwegian Crown in South America sailing a series of 14-day Chilean Fjords/Strait of Magellan cruises and two Panama Canal cruises. Itineraries go on sale on May 17,2004.
As the company's success with Homeland Cruising drives its rapid expansion in North American ports and key destinations, NCL will not deploy a ship in Northern Europe for 2005. In the future, that may change as the company expands its fleet.
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