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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Norwegian Jewels debuts in Alaska for its inaugural season

MIAMINorwegian Jewel has made her inaugural debut in Alaska this season.

This is the first time that Norwegian Cruise Line will have two Jewel-class ships sailing in Alaska.
Norwegian Pearl, sister ship to Norwegian Jewel, will also be cruising in Alaska, giving guests the options to sail on one of two Jewel-class Freestyle Cruising ships enjoying all the amenities of these large, modern vessels while enjoying the beauty and wilderness of Alaska.
Norwegian Jewel’s weekly Sawyer Glacier cruises depart on Saturdays until September 8, 2012 with ports of call including: Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway, Alaska; and Victoria, British Columbia.  Norwegian Jewel will also sailed a seven-day Sawyer Glacier cruise from Vancouver to Seattle on May 19, 2012 and a seven-day Sawyer Glacier from Seattle to Vancouver is set for September 15, 2012.

On Norwegian Jewel, families will delight in the exclusive Nickelodeon programming. Activities include breakfast with the characters, where kids – and adults – can eat, sing and play with SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Patrick, Diego and more; Dora’s Dance Party, where kids can join Dora and the Nickelodeon cast to dance and sing along; meet and greets with popular Nickelodeon characters, including SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer and many more. 

There are also other family activities offered, including Nick Jr. story time, family trivia and special arts and crafts sessions.

Norwegian also recently announced the introduction of a new youth program that includes enhanced curriculum and creative themes, such as circus day, theater/technology/sports and port of call day.  The new youth program are offered on Norwegian Jewel for the Alaska season and on Norwegian Pearl since June 18.

The 2,394-passenger Norwegian Pearl returned to Seattle sailing weekly seven-day Glacier Bay cruises departing on Sundays to September 9, 2012 with ports of call including: Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan, Alaska; and Victoria, British Columbia.  Norwegian Pearl will also sail a seven-day Glacier Bay cruise Seattle to Vancouver on September 16, 2012.

Both Norwegian Pearl and Norwegian Jewel offer guests the opportunity to sail Alaska in style in The Haven, Norwegian’s exclusive and luxurious accommodations which include the largest suites at sea – the 5,000 square foot, three-bedroom Garden Villas. Guests can dine around the world with 14 dining options including French, Asian, American, and the line’s newest restaurant, Moderno Churasscaria, a Brazilian steakhouse. Families will also enjoy kid-friendly activities such as bowling and rock climbing on Norwegian Pearl.

For a day of family fun in Alaska, guests can board a catamaran specially designed for wildlife viewing on the Whale Watching and Wildlife Quest shore excursion. The captain guides the boat through Auke Bay, giving guests the chance to see whales, sea lions, porpoises and seals. Another family-friendly excursion is a trip to Denver Glacier to meet professional mushers and their dogs. 

Children and adults alike will enjoy the thrilling helicopter ride over the glaciers to the dog camp. Once at the dog camp, guests will have the opportunity to drive the sled or just sit back and relax while enjoying the breathtaking scenery. For those who want to experience Alaska on rail, as well as at sea, the White Pass Scenic Railway is the perfect excursion. Guests will board the old-fashioned parlor car for a 40-mile round trip and travel through a panorama of wilderness. 

Contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784) or visit www.ncl.com.

About Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 45-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising, most notably with the introduction of Freestyle Cruising which has revolutionized the industry by allowing guests more freedom and flexibility.
Today, Norwegian invites consumers to “Cruise Like a Norwegian” on one of its 11 purpose-built Freestyle Cruising ships, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed
cruise vacation on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea. The Company has two 4,000-passenger vessels, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, on order for delivery in April 2013 and April 2014.
Norwegian’s largest and most innovative Freestyle Cruising ship, Norwegian Epic, debuted in June 2010 and has been named “Best Overall Cruise Ship” by the readers of Travel Weekly. 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, Second City® Comedy Troupe, Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos, Gibson Guitar, 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 and Twitter, watch us on YouTube, or contact us in the U.S. and Canada at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784).


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