Wiesbaden, 2015-10-22 — /Travel PR News/ — Norwegian Cruise Line has been named “Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Line” by the World Travel Awards for the third consecutive year. The 22nd annual awards, held on October 17, are voted on by travel professionals and consumers from around the globe and honour the world’s top travel companies for outstanding products and services. Norwegian, which has been voted Europe’s Leading Cruise Line for eight consecutive years as well as the World’s Leading Large Ship Cruise Line, has eight spectacular Freestyle Cruising vessels sailing the Caribbean this winter from six convenient departure ports including Port Canaveral and Miami, where the all-new Norwegian Escape sails year-round to the Caribbean.
“We are thrilled that travel partners and consumers have voted us the Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Line once again and we are so proud to accept this honour,” said Andy Stuart, President and Chief Operating Officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “This award speaks to our spectacular Caribbean itineraries and the freedom and flexibility that guests can only find on board Norwegian Cruise Line.”
New to the Caribbean this season is Norwegian’s largest ship to date, Norwegian Escape. The first in the line’s Breakaway Plus-Class, Norwegian Escape will sail weekly 7-night cruises from her year-round homeport of Miami to the Eastern Caribbean beginning on November 14, 2015. The 164.600 gross ton ship will be the largest ever to home port year-round in Miami, carrying 4.200 guests to tropical Caribbean destinations including St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands and Nassau, Bahamas. Norwegian Escape’s signature hull artwork is designed by marine wildlife artist and champion of ocean conservation, Guy Harvey. Accommodation includes the company’s signature luxury ship-within-a-ship complex: The Haven by Norwegian®; along with Studios, designed and priced for solo travellers; and many options for families, multi-generational groups, spa enthusiasts and more. Norwegian Escape’s dining and entertainment will include outposts of several popular land-based outlets, including the first-ever floating Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant and Miami’s oldest and most legendary bar, Tobacco Road. Norwegian Escape will also feature the 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar, a music venue and outdoor bar on The Waterfront that will feature live nightly performances where guests can enjoy the sounds of the tropics.
Other ships sailing the Caribbean from Miami include Norwegian Getaway, sailing weekly to the Western Caribbean and Norwegian Pearl, whose Caribbean sailings include a partial transit of the Panama Canal.
Norwegian Cruise Line will return to homeport in Port Canaveral this season for the first time since 2012 with Norwegian Spirit. The 2.000 passenger ship will sail a number of both 7-night Eastern as well as 7-night Western Caribbean itineraries roundtrip from Port Canaveral. She will also sail more than a dozen unique 14-night Eastern & Western Caribbean itineraries with varying ports of call including St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Costa Maya, Mexico; Ocho Rios, Jamaica and more.
Norwegian Jade repositions from Europe to Houston, Texas and will sail 7-night Western Caribbean cruises. From November 14, 2015 through April 9, 2016, guests will have the opportunity to visit Cozumel, Mexico; Roatán, Honduras; and Belize City, Belize. Beginning February 2016, Norwegian Jade’s 7-night Western Caribbean itinerary will feature calls in Norwegian’s brand new destination, Harvest Caye, Belize.
Guests looking to cruise the Caribbean can also set sail from Tampa, New York City and New Orleans. From Tampa Norwegian Star sails to the Western Caribbean. Norwegian Gem offers spectacular 10-night Eastern Caribbean cruises from New York City while Norwegian Breakaway, the ship that brings the best of NYC to sea, offers guests the chance to cruise from the Big Apple to the Bahamas & Florida. From the Big Easy, guests can cruise to the Western Caribbean on Norwegian Dawn, departing weekly to Cozumel; Belize City; Roatán; and Costa Maya, starting November 15, 2015.
About Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line is an internationally operating cruise line headquartered in Miami, Florida with two offices in Wiesbaden and London overseeing operations in Europe.
Founded in 1966, Norwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 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 cruise holiday on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea. In September 2015, the line was named “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line” for the eighth consecutive year, as well as in October 2014, for the second consecutive year, “Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Line” by the World Travel Awards. In addition the company has received the World Travel Award as “World’s Leading Large Ship Cruise Line” from 2012 to 2014.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s largest Freestyle Cruising ship to date, Norwegian Epic, debuted in June 2010 and, in the United States, has been named “Best Overall Cruise Ship” by the readers of Travel Weekly two years in a row and “Best Ship for Sea Days” by Cruise Critic. The Company recently took delivery of its most innovative ship to date, the 4.000-passenger Norwegian Getaway in the first quarter of 2014. The Company has four 4.200-passenger vessels on order at Meyer Werft: Norwegian Escape with delivery scheduled on Oct 22, 2015 and three further ships with delivery in the spring of 2017, 2018 and autumn of 2019.
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