Norwegian Epic Hosts Record-Breaking 2010 CruiseOne & Cruises Inc. National Conference

Norwegian Cruise Line’s largest and most innovative Freestyle Cruising ship, Norwegian Epic, recently played host to the 2010 CruiseOne & Cruises Inc. National Conference. The nation’s leading cruise travel retail network (part of World Travel Holdings) brought a record-breaking 823 attendees to the week-long seminar, making it the largest group of franchise owners, travel agents, independent contractors, associates and supplier-side senior executives in the event’s history. The conference also represented the largest group that Norwegian Epic has hosted since its launch in July 2010.

“This conference was a great way for us to showcase Norwegian Epic and for attending franchise owners and agents to gain full exposure to the Freestyle Cruising experience,” said Camille Olivere, Norwegian’s vice president of sales, who was on board for the cruise.

Norwegian Epic was the perfect setting for the “ENGAGE”-themed conference that consisted of informative seminars, workshops, keynote speakers and panel discussions. The group kicked off the week with a sail away party, complete with a mile-high welcome. A small plane flew over just as the ship set sail flying a banner with the words “Norwegian Welcomes CruiseOne & Cruises Inc.” The night’s surprises continued as Norwegian and CruiseOne & Cruises Inc. gathered for a quick photo following the welcome speech. The crowd laughed as the executives were caught in a surprise dousing of green slime by the Nickelodeon team.

“Norwegian Cruise Line is a wonderful partner to CruiseOne & Cruises Inc., and I could not have been happier to host this year’s National Conference aboard Norwegian Epic,” said Dwain Wall, the companies’ senior vice president and general manager. “With more than 800 attendees, this year’s National Conference was our largest ever and was, in itself, Epic.’ The ship was a perfect fit for our group and the Norwegian team was incredible to work with, fully customizing each and every aspect of the week’s festivities.”

Throughout the week’s events, conference guests enjoyed Norwegian Epic’s signature Freestyle Dining with a wide range of choices. Attendees were also wowed with the innovative entertainment, including a Legends in Concert show performed solely for the group during one of their general sessions.

Sharon Savage of CruiseOne in Attleboro, Massachusetts, commented, “This conference was the best one that I have attended. I enjoyed the general sessions and came home energized and excited about this business. I love Norwegian Epic. The entertainment is outstanding and the crew very good. The staterooms are well appointed and comfortable.”