Miami – December 17, 2006 – NCL Corporation (“NCL”) today announced that beginning in September 2007 it will move Pride of Aloha to 10- and 11-day cruises from Honolulu sailing both inter-island itineraries mixed with Hawai’i cruises calling into Fanning Island in Kiribati, NCLâ€™s Pacific Island hideaway just north of the Equator.
Norwegian Sun will be redeployed to Miami to sail seven-day Western Caribbean cruises beginning in October 2007 through mid-April 2008. Norwegian Sunâ€™s seven-day Western Caribbean itinerary features calls into Roatan, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; Costa Maya, Mexico; and a call into Great Stirrup Cay, NCL’s private island.
The ship will join Norwegian Pearl sailing nine- and five-day Southern and Western Caribbean cruises and Norwegian Jewel sailing seven-day Eastern Caribbean itineraries, offering a full complement of cruises to the most popular Caribbean destinations.
“We are now receiving very good feedback from our guests on the seven-day inter-island cruise, and we are increasingly hearing requests for a longer version of this destination-rich inter-island cruise including one or two days at sea,” said Colin Veitch, president and CEO of NCL Corporation. “With these new 10- and 11-day itineraries, we can deliver expanded Hawai`i itineraries to our guests that include longer stays on the four main islands of Hawai’i, relaxing days at sea and spectacular coastal cruising.”
Pride of Aloha begins her new deployment in September 2007. The 10-day Hawai`i only cruise features an overnight in Honolulu ensuring guests can enjoy all the wonderful sights in Oah’u; an overnight in Kaua’i; three days in Maui including a overnight in Kahului with a call into Lahaina; and calls into Hilo and Kona on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Highlights also include a night time sail by the Kīlauea Volcano and a day at sea cruising by the Nā Pali coast line and cruising the north coast of Moloka’i.The 11-day Hawai’i only cruises feature the same port of calls as the 10-day but include two days at sea with guests enjoying a sail by the Nā Pali coast line, a night time sail by the Kīlauea Volcano and sailing the north coast of Moloka’i and the north coast of Oah’u.
The 11-day Hawai’i/Fanning Island itineraries include an overnight in Kaua`i featuring a sail by the Nā Pali coast line at sunset; calls into Hilo and Kona on the Big Island of Hawai’i; a call into Kahului, Maui and a call into Fanning Island.
Located 1,000 miles south of Hawai’i, Fanning Island, or Tabuaeran as it is know by the locals (from the Kiribati word meaning ‘heavenly footprint’) is an exotic South Pacific paradise.
Guests enjoy a unique adventure, rarely available to modern travelers. Sea birds are plentiful, sea life is hugely diverse and snorkelers and divers marvel at the stunning coral reefs. Most notably though, the island is inhabited, and guests are welcomed by the 1,300 friendly Micronesian islanders, which is a highlight of the trip for many passengers. The Hawai`i/Fanning Island cruises are scheduled for every fourth Pride of Aloha cruise.
Pride of America and Pride of Hawai’i continue their popular seven-day inter-island cruises calling on all four main islands featuring 100 hours in port with overnights in Kaua’i and Maui.
Pride of America features Saturday departures from Honolulu with calls into Hilo, Hawai`i; an overnight in Kahului; Maui; Kona, Hawai`i; and an overnight in Nāwiliwili, Kaua’i.
The newest addition to the NCL America fleet, Pride of Hawai`i, began her seven-day inter-island cruises from Honolulu on June 5, 2006. She offers Monday departures calling on Hilo, Hawai`i; an overnight in Kahului; Maui; Kona; Hawai`i; and an overnight in Nāwiliwili, Kaua’i.
Pride of Aloha and Norwegian Sunâ€™s new cruises go on sale December 27. Detailed itineraries will also be available on ncl.com on December 27.
NCL Corporation is an innovative cruise company headquartered in Miami, Florida, with a fleet of 15 ships in service and under construction. The corporation oversees the operations of Norwegian Cruise Line, NCL America, and Orient Lines. The company is currently building Norwegian Gem for delivery in October of 2007.
In addition, NCL plans to build up to three new third generation Freestyle Cruising ships for delivery between 2009 and 2011. NCL is on target to have the youngest fleet in the industry by 2010, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy the flexibility of Freestyle Cruising on the newest, most contemporary ships at sea.
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