MIAMI – December 19, 2012 — Norwegian Cruise Line has received two 2012 Reader’s Choice Awards from Travel Weekly, an influential news resource in the travel industry, for the second year in a row.
At the 10th annual awards, held December 13, 2012, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, Norwegian was recognized with the award for “Best Overall Cruise Ship” for Norwegian Epic and “Best Travel Agent Program” for NCL University, the line’s comprehensive travel agent education and resource program. This is the second consecutive year that Norwegian has been honored with these awards.
“We are absolutely thrilled to receive two prestigious Travel Weekly Reader’s Choice awards once again,” said Kevin Sheehan, chief executive officer for Norwegian Cruise Line. “As these awards are voted on by travel agents across the country, it is an honor to have the support and confidence in our brand from our valued travel partners. This is a great accomplishment for the Norwegian team and we will continue to offer our partners and guests the best products and service.”
The Travel Weekly Reader’s Choice Awards are designed to honor the best in the travel industry, recognizing a broad range of segments including hotels and resorts, travel destinations, cruise lines, online travel, airlines and airports, travel agents and agencies and car rental companies.
“These awards identify the industry's finest,” said Arnie Weissmann, Travel Weekly's editor in chief. “The professionals who read and rely on Travel Weekly have the expertise to select those businesses, destinations and hotels that provide a higher level of service to their clients. Our readers can be confident that these winners represent the best this industry has to offer.”
For more information on Norwegian Cruise Line, visit www.ncl.com. Travel Agents can visit www.ncluniversity.com to learn more about NCL University.
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 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.
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 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.
The Company has two 4,000-passenger vessels, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, under construction for delivery in April 2013 and January 2014, along with one larger “Breakaway Plus” vessel for delivery in fall 2015. Known as New York’s ship, Norwegian Breakaway will be the largest vessel to homeport year-round in the city, sailing to Bermuda for the summer beginning May 12, 2013. Norwegian Breakaway’s features include hull art by legendary artist Peter Max, seafood restaurant Ocean Blue by famed New York chef Geoffrey Zakarian, 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. Norwegian Getaway, the largest ship to homeport year-round in Miami, will sail Eastern Caribbean voyages beginning in February 2014. Sailings for both vessels are now on sale.
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).