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October 06, 2005

NCL Moves Norwegian Sun To Houston Because Of Indefinite Closure Of The Port Of New Orleans



Ship to reposition to Miami in January for two new eastern and western caribbean itineraries until april 2006

MIAMI, FL (September 6, 2005) - Norwegian Cruise Line (“NCL”) announced today that Norwegian Sun will move to Houston beginning October 16 to operate its exotic Western Caribbean cruises through the January 8, 2006 cruise. The ship will then reposition to Miami to sail one four-day cruise to the Bahamas on January 17, 2006, and sail a series of alternating seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries beginning January 21, 2006 through April 16, 2006.

NCL has made this decision as a result of the indefinite closure of the Port of New Orleans because of Hurricane Katrina. “It is with deep regret that we have to make this change,” said Colin Veitch, NCL’s president and CEO. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this catastrophic hurricane.”

NCL is working closely with the American Red Cross to assist in the recovery and restoration process. The company is making a corporate donation as well as conducting a fundraising drive for its employees and crew, and a passenger fundraising drive onboard its ships. All money raised will go directly to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. In addition, NCL has established a link from its website to www.redcross.org to assist in the giving process.

Norwegian Sun’s Panama Canal cruise departing Los Angeles September 30, 2005 will now conclude in Houston, instead of New Orleans, on Sunday, October 16, 2005.

Below is Norwegian Sun’s itinerary from Houston, October 16, 2005 through the January 8, 2006 cruise. Ports of call have been slightly amended from Norwegian Sun’s original New Orleans itinerary.

Houston (5:30pm) - At Sea -Playa del Carmen/Cozumel (8:00am-10:00am) - Cozumel (12:00pm-10:00pm) - Belize City (9:00am-7:00pm) - Roatan (7:00am-6:00pm) - At Sea - At Sea - Houston (7:00am)

For those guests booked on Norwegian Sun sailings beginning January 21, 2006, NCL will offer a series of alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries out of Miami, the details of which will be announced shortly.

Guests booked on Norwegian Sun beginning in January can choose an itinerary out of Miami or transfer to Norwegian Dream out of Houston. Norwegian Dream’s itinerary out of Houston features calls into Cozumel, Roatan, Belize City and Cancun.

Norwegian Sun guests booked as of September 1, 2005, who elect one the ship’s revised sailings from Houston or Miami, will receive a $50 per person onboard credit ($100 max per cabin). Moreover, guests booked on Norwegian Sun’s January 15, 2006 sailing, which has been cancelled, can choose a Norwegian Dream sailing out of Houston or a Norwegian Sun sailing out of Houston or Miami and receive $50 per person onboard credit.

Guests booked with NCL’s Air/Sea program to or from New Orleans will be rebooked on flights to or from Houston and Miami/Fort Lauderdale. Passengers who made independent arrangements to join their NCL cruise should contact the travel agent or airline who made the travel arrangements for the departing cruise for updated information on flight service and schedules.

Guests who elect not to sail and who advise us by September 30, 2005 can cancel without assessments of cancellation fees.

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Posted by Denise at October 6, 2005 08:38 AM

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