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October 31, 2005

Melania Trump to Serve as Godmother of NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE'S Newest Gem


Melania Trump to Serve as Godmother of NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE'S Newest Gem


It's huge. It's luxurious. And it costs $400 million. NCL Corporation (NCL) today named Melania Trump as Godmother of the world's largest gem, the 93,502-ton Norwegian Jewel, the largest Panamax cruise ship ever built. Synonymous with fashion and glamour, the former model will christen NCL's newest Freestyle Cruising vessel in a ceremony at the Port of Miami on Thursday, November 3, 2005 at 6 p.m.

"Melania embodies the stunning beauty and refined style of Norwegian Jewel as well as the distinctive spirit of NCL's unique Freestyle Cruising," said Colin Veitch, president and CEO of NCL Corporation. "Melania is so much of an icon today and is the perfect Godmother for our newest, most innovative ship."

Born in Slovenia and after obtaining a degree in design and architecture at University of Slovenia, Melania jetsetted between photo shoots in Paris and Milan before settling in New York in 1996. She has graced the covers of Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, British GQ, Ocean Drive, Avenue, In Style, New York Magazine and many more.

She first met famous billionaire Donald Trump while attending a fashion gala.

Melania married Trump on January 22, 2005 in West Palm Beach, Florida and they are now expecting their own little treasure - their first child together.

Just like Melania, Norwegian Jewel also has ties to New York, South Florida and Europe. In 2005, Norwegian Jewel spent the fall in New York and is moving south to Miami for the winter. When the winter is over, she will head for a summer of fun and relaxation in Europe in from May through October 2006.

Shining from bow to stern, Norwegian Jewel boasts a brand new style of accommodations --10 Courtyard Villas - which along with the ship's two Garden Villas - make up the largest, grandest, most luxurious, most innovative suite complex at sea. The suite complex features a private courtyard and sundeck and both courtyard and garden villa guests have a concierge lounge available to them. Dedicated butlers offer continental breakfast, refreshments all day and canapés and drinks before dinner, and a concierge is available round the clock to take care of all arrangements both on and off the ship.

Norwegian Jewel also features the most versatile, family-friendly accommodations afloat as well as an array of amenities including 10 restaurants, three swimming pools, a contemporary spa and more. Additionally, Norwegian Jewel features a new concept for NCL - a "Bar Central" - featuring a martini bar, a champagne and wine bar, and a beer and whisky pub all connected but with three distinct personalities, plus 10 other bars and lounges for passengers to enjoy.

After transitioning from New York to Miami, Norwegian Jewel will begin her regularly scheduled, seven-day itineraries to the Eastern and Western Caribbean. Eastern Caribbean sailings call in San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. John's, Antigua; St. Thomas, USVI and NCL's Private Island, Great Stirrup Cay. Western Caribbean itineraries will call at Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Georgetown, Grand Cayman and Roatan, Honduras.

Norwegian Jewel will feature these itineraries each Sunday from November 4, 2005 through April 23, 2006. From there she will position to Europe, sailing Mediterranean and Egypt and Greek Isles itineraries.

NCL Corporation ("NCL") is an innovative cruise company headquartered in Miami, Florida, with a fleet of 15 ships in service and under construction. The corporation oversees the operations of Norwegian Cruise Line, NCL America, and Orient Lines. On June 17, 2005, NCL made U.S. maritime history when it christened Pride of America, the largest U.S. Flagged passenger ship ever built and the first new one in half a century. The 2,138 passenger ship is 100 percent U.S.-crewed, and sails year-round in Hawai`i under the NCL America brand alongside Pride of Aloha and Norwegian Wind from sister brand, Norwegian Cruise Line.

The company is currently building three ships, including one more for the NCL America brand in Hawaii - Pride of Hawaii (delivery in April 2006), and two further Norwegian Jewel class ships are scheduled for delivery in 2007.

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Posted by Denise at October 31, 2005 08:52 PM

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