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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Norwegian hosts first annual poker challenge with celebrity player Joe Cada

Guests have the opportunity to play alongside World Series of Poker® Champion Joe Cada and
win a share of the $200,000 prize pool
MIAMI –September 23, 2014 – Norwegian Cruise Line today announced that World Series of Poker® Champion Joe Cada will be joining the line’s first annual Norwegian Poker Challenge, taking place on Norwegian Epic from November 9 – 16, 2014 during her first Caribbean cruise of the season from Miami.

The Poker Challenge offers guests the opportunity to win a share of the $200,000 guaranteed prize pool, the largest offered by any cruise line, during a week-long tournament aboard Norwegian’s largest ship.

Players will have the chance to join cash games on a daily basis during the Poker Challenge, which will feature four tournament events.

Along with a chance to win cash, players will also have the opportunity to go head-to-head with World Series of Poker champion Joe Cada, the youngest champion in the history of the tournament.  Cada won the series’ Main Event in 2009 at the age of 21, beating out 6,494 players. His current lifetime live winnings exceed $10 million.
During the week-long tournament, Cada will be hosting an exclusive meet and greet event, available only to tournament entrants.The Norwegian Poker Challenge is open to all players, with a tournament entry fee of $1100*.  Players must register for the main event with their travel agent or Norwegian’s Casino team prior to sailing. Players can also win their way into the tournament, as Norwegian is hosting satellite tournaments on every cruise** through September 30.
Sailing from Miami, Norwegian Epic, named the “Best Ship for Sea Days” by Cruise Critic and “Best Overall Cruise Ship” by the readers of Travel Weekly two years in a row, cruises to sunny Western Caribbean destinations on seven-day sailings beginning November 9, 2014 through April 19, 2015. Cruisers will explore beautiful ports of call including Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Costa Maya, Mexico; and Cozumel, Mexico.  Fares for the Poker Challenge cruise on November 9 begin at $399 per person. 

Players will have another opportunity to show their skills during the Second Annual Norwegian Poker Challenge, which will be held next year onboard the line’s newest ship, Norwegian Getaway, sailing an eight-day cruise from Miami on November 7, 2015. Players can win their win into the Second Annual Norwegian Poker Challenge via satellite tournaments on select dates and ships beginning November 1, 2014.

 For more information or to enter the Norwegian Poker Challenge, visit http://www.ncl.com/pokerchallenge or call 1-877-752-9625.
*Cruise fare additional to tournament entry fee
**Excluding Pride of America cruises
About Norwegian Cruise Line
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 seventh consecutive year, as well as “Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Line” and “World’s Leading Large Ship Cruise Line” by the World Travel Awards.
Norwegian recently took delivery of its most innovative ship to date, the 4,000-passenger Norwegian Getaway in the first quarter 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.  Norwegian currently has four vessels on order at Meyer Werft for delivery in fall 2015, spring 2017, spring 2018 and fall 2019.
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.
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), or visit www.ncl.com.    

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