The annual awards, held on August 2, 2014 in Athens, Greece, recognize travel companies for delivering an outstanding customer experience and are voted by travel agents and consumers worldwide. Norwegian, which has been honored with the accolade since 2008, has for the third consecutive year deployed four Freestyle Cruising vessels in Europe in summer, offering an array of sailings ranging from four to fourteen nights. The company will deploy its largest ship, Norwegian Epic, year-round in Europe beginning next summer.
“Receiving this award for an unprecedented seventh year in a row is a testament to Norwegian’s unique cruise experience, and our wide variety of exciting itinerary options,” said Kevin Sheehan, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line. “This award shows that both industry professionals and guests appreciate our world-class cruise vacation and we’re so proud to be named Europe’s Leading Cruise Line once again.”
Norwegian’s European sailings provide guests with the opportunity to visit the most beautiful places in Europe with the convenience of only unpacking once. Currently, Norwegian Jade sails seven-day Greek Isles and seven-day Adriatic, Greece and Turkey cruises from Venice, Italy. In the upcoming fall/winter season 2014-2015, the ship will sail a 10-day Eastern Mediterranean and an 11-day Western Mediterranean itinerary from Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy. Norwegian Spirit currently offers 12-day Grand Mediterranean voyages between Barcelona, Spain and Venice, Italy and in the winter season will sail a 10-day Canary Islands and Morocco itinerary from Barcelona, Spain.
On September 22, 2014, Norwegian Star will embark the popular, 14-day Norway, Iceland and Faroe Islands itinerary from Copenhagen, Denmark visiting Bergen and Alesund, Norway; Lerwick, Shetland Islands; Thorshavn, Faroe Islands; Reykjavik, Iceland; Glasgow, Scotland; and Dublin, Ireland.
Norwegian Epic, currently sailing the Western Mediterranean through October 19, will return to the Mediterranean year-round next spring, offering seven-day Western Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona, Spain and from Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy beginning May 3, 2015. The itinerary features five exciting ports of call in three different countries: Italy, Spain and France and includes a stop in the very chic port of Cannes, France.
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.
Norwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 47-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 13 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” for the sixth consecutive year, as well as “Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Line” and “World’s Leading Large Ship Cruise Line” by the World Travel Awards.
The Company recently took delivery of its most innovative ship to date, the 4,000-passenger Norwegian Getaway on January 10, 2014. The largest ship to homeport year-round in Miami, Norwegian Getaway boasts 28 dining options, including seafood restaurant Ocean Blue by famed New York Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian and a branch of Carlo’s Bake Shop by Buddy Valastro, star of the TLC series “Cake Boss.” The entertainment lineup includes Broadway shows Legally Blonde and Burn the Floor and a unique magical theatrical experience, the Illusionarium. Norwegian Getaway’s sister ship, Norwegian Breakaway, was named “Best New Ship of 2013” by the editors of Cruise Critic and “Best Rookie Cruise Ship” by the readers of Travel Weekly. Known as New York’s ship, Norwegian Breakaway is the largest vessel to homeport year-round in the city. The Company has two 4,200-passenger vessels on order at Meyer Werft: Norwegian Escape with delivery scheduled in October 2015; and Norwegian Bliss with delivery in February 2017.
Norwegian Cruise Line is the official cruise line of the Miami Dolphins/Sun Life Stadium, The New York Knicks, 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.
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