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NCL named “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line” for fourth year

NCL named “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line” for fourth year

Norwegian Cruise Line has been named “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line” by the World Travel Awards for the fourth consecutive year and also received Europe’s Sustainable Tourism Award for its newest and most innovative ship, Norwegian Epic. The 18th annual awards 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 in 2008, 2009 and 2010, has four Freestyle Cruising vessels which offer an array of magnificent cruise vacations through Europe ranging from seven to twelve-days in the upcoming 2012/13 season.

“We are honored that travel partners and consumers from around the world have chosen us for this prestigious award four years in a row,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “Norwegian is dedicated to providing guests with a unique cruise vacation that allows them the convenience and value to experience the rich culture and history of Europe on their own terms.”

From ancient cathedrals to romantic gondola rides along grand canals, guests can see more of Europe in less time while visiting a new and exciting port of call each day. Norwegian’s newest and most innovative ship, Norwegian Epic, sets sail on seven-day Western Mediterranean itineraries from April 29, 2012 through October 17, 2012. Guests have the flexibility to begin their cruise in either Barcelona, Spain or in Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy, allowing them to customize their vacation to suit their travel needs.

Norwegian Sun offers nine-day Baltic Capitals voyages from Copenhagen, Denmark, which is the only cruise itinerary of this length to include an overnight stay in St. Petersburg, Russia. In addition, Norwegian Jade, cruising year-round in Europe, offers seven-day Greek Isles and Adriatic itineraries from Venice, Italy through early October and 10-and 11-day Eastern Mediterranean and Holy Land itineraries from mid-October throughApril 2012 from Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy. In an exciting first for the line, Norwegian Spirit will join Norwegian Jade sailing year-round in Europe beginning in April 2012, where she will sail 12-day Grand Mediterranean cruises alternating from Barcelona and Venice through October 13, 2012. Norwegian Spirit will then sail nine-day Canary Islands cruises from Barcelona from November 6, 2012 to April 8, 2013.