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Company also received Europe’s Sustainable Tourism Award for Norwegian Epic

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

Norwegian Cruise Line has been named “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line” by the World Travel Awards for the fourth consecutive year, and has also received Europe’s Sustainable Tourism Award for its newest ship Norwegian Epic. The 18th annual awards recognise travel companies that deliver an outstanding customer experience and are voted by travel agents and consumers worldwide.

Francis Riley, Norwegian Cruise Line’s vice president & general manager international, accepted the awards during the gala ceremony held in Antalya, Turkey, on September 2, 2011.

Norwegian, which has been honoured with the accolade as Europe’s Leading Cruise Line in 2008, 2009 and 2010, will have four Freestyle Cruising ships sailing in Europe in 2012/13.

“We are honoured 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 holiday that allows them the convenience and value to experience the rich culture and history in 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-night Western Mediterranean itineraries from April 29, 2012 until October 17, 2012. Guests have the flexibility to begin their cruise in either Barcelona, Spain; Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy and – on selected dates during the peak summer month – Marseille, France, allowing them to customise their embarkation port to suit their travel needs.

Norwegian Sun offers nine-night Baltic Capitals voyages from Copenhagen, Denmark, which includes an overnight stay in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Norwegian Jade, cruising year-round in Europe, offers seven-night Greek Isles and Adriatic itineraries from Venice, Italy until early October, and 10-and 11-night Eastern Mediterranean and Holy Land itineraries from mid-October until April 2012 from Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy.

In an exciting first for the line, Norwegian Spirit joins Norwegian Jade sailing year-round in Europe beginning in April 2012, where she will sail 12-night Grand Mediterranean cruises alternating from Barcelona and Venice until October 13, 2012. Norwegian Spirit will then sail nine-night Canary Islands cruises from Barcelona from November 6, 2012 to April 8, 2013.

With its current “Book Early – Cruise Happy” campaign, guests booking a cruise of six nights or more from the new European 2012/13 programme, including Atlantic crossings, before September 30, 2011, will receive on-board credit of up to $500 per stateroom.

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