Miami – Mar 25, 2009 — Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) honored Cruise.com, Inc, one of the largest travel agencies specializing in cruises on the internet, as the line’s 2008 Elite President’s Club Travel Partner of the Year for their record numbers in revenue growth and their continued commitment to Norwegian. The honor was awarded at a reception at Cruise.com‘s Ft. Lauderdale headquarters on March 12, 2009 and was broadcast via a live webcast to their home-based agents.
“We are thrilled to award Cruise.com with the title of 2008 Elite President’s Club Travel Partner of the Year for their dedication and enthusiasm for Norwegian’s Freestyle Cruising,” said Andy Stuart, Norwegian’s executive vice president, global sales and passenger services. “As Norwegian continues to make travel partners number one, we thank Cruise.com for their business and value their support.”
Cruise.com has also taken an active role in Norwegian’s exciting online travel partner education tool NCL U with 169 of its agents enrolled and 23 Freestyle Certified. By earning NCL U’s Freestyle Certification, Cruise.com agents are considered among the most qualified expert representatives on Norwegian’s Freestyle Cruising.
“We are truly honored to be NCL’s travel partner of the year. We cannot express enough our gratitude and appreciation for all the efforts they have made to help us achieve this recognition,” said Anthony Hamawy, Cruise.com, Inc. president. “We consider Norwegian to be true business partners that we look forward to supporting long into the future.”
As a result of the award, Cruise.com will be given a chance to sail on any Norwegian cruise in the line’s luxurious 5,000 square-foot Garden Villas, the largest and most luxurious accommodations at sea. Located on a private deck with key card access at the top of the ship, these extravagant villas offer large living and dining rooms, three bedrooms, each with a private bathroom, along with a whirlpool and steam room located in the villa’s private garden. Each of two Garden Villas also includes butler and concierge service for the entire cruise. Norwegian’s Garden Villas are available on Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Jade and Norwegian Star.
Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is the innovator in cruise travel with a 42-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, NCL has the youngest fleet in the industry with 11 purpose-built Freestyle Cruising ships, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed cruise vacation on the newest, most contemporary ships at sea.
NCL is presently building Norwegian Epic, a new third generation Freestyle Cruising ship, for delivery in 2010.