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November 12, 2004

NEW Norwegian Jewel Cruising Europe in 2005


Norwegian Jewel Sails to the Mediterranean, Baltic Capitals before Homeporting in Miami

Miami ‚?? Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) announced Norwegian Jewel will be delivered on August 5, 2005 from the Meyer Werft Shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany and will offer two European sailings before heading to the U.S. to begin her Homeland Cruising program. After inaugural festivities in New York and a series of 11-day Canada and New England cruises, Norwegian Jewel will homeport in Miami and feature an Eastern and Western Caribbean itinerary throughout the winter season.

On August 10, 2005 Norwegian Jewel will feature a Mediterranean Treasures itinerary from London (Dover), calling on Lisbon, Portugal; Gibraltar, UK; Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy; Cannes, Frances and Barcelona and Almeria, Spain. Then on August 23, the ship will sail to the Baltic Capitals from London (Dover) sailing to Oslo, Norway; Helsinki, Finland; spending the night in St. Petersburg, Russia before sailing to Stockholm, Sweden; Berlin (Warnemunde) Germany and Copenhagen, Denmark before repositioning from London to New York. The transatlantic cruise, called Path of the Vikings, departs Dover on September 4, 2005 and stops in Cobh, Ireland; Reykjavik, Iceland; St. John's, Newfoundland and Newport, Rhode Island before arriving in New York on September 14, 2005.

Prices start from $2599 for an inside cabin and $2899 for an outside cabin on the August 10th sail date and $2499 (inside) and $2799 (outside) for the August 23rd sail date. Transatlantic crossing prices start from $899 (inside) and $1099 (outside).

Beginning September 18, 2005, the ship will sail a series of 11-day Canada/New England Cruises roundtrip from New York. The itinerary features calls in Boston, Massachusetts; Bar Harbor, Maine; Halifax, Nova Scotia; cruise Cabot Strait and the Gulf of St. Lawrence; Quebec City, Quebec; cruise the Saguenay River, Sydney, Nova Scotia; cruise Bay of Fundy and St. John, New Brunswick. Prices start from $1349 for an inside and $1549 for an outside cabin.

After transitioning from New York to Miami, where the ship will be spending her winter season, 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, Bay Islands. Norwegian Jewel will feature these itineraries each Sunday from November 4, 2005 through April 23, 2006. Prices for the Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries start from $599 (inside) and $799 (outside). Vacationers can call their travel agent or NCL at 800-327-7030 to make reservations.

The 92,000-ton Norwegian Jewel will be the company's fourth purpose-built ship for Freestyle Cruising and will feature 10 restaurants, dynamic public rooms, the most innovative and luxurious range of suites at sea, including two Garden Villas and a brand new style of accommodations - the addition of 10 courtyard villas with a private courtyard and sundeck on deck 14. Owner's suite guests and both courtyard and garden villa guests will have a concierge lounge available to them. Dedicated butlers will offer continental breakfast, refreshments all day and canapés and drinks before dinner.

A Sparkling Lineup of Dining Options:
Like her sisters, Norwegian Jewel will feature 10 restaurants including guest favorite alternatives such as Cagney's Steak House, Blue Lagoon and NCL's signature restaurant, Le Bistro. In addition, Norwegian Jewel will also feature two main restaurants (Tsar's Palace and Azura), a casual Italian eatery called Mamma's Italian Kitchen; Tango's a Latin restaurant featuring tapas and Chin Chin, an Asian complex featuring Thai, Japanese and Chinese food as well as a sushi bar and a Teppanyaki room offering guests an interactive Japanese dining experience where food is prepared in front of guests. Like Norwegian Star and Norwegian Dawn seven of the 10 restaurants aboard Norwegian Jewel are included in the fare with the three alternative restaurants charging a small cover charge.

The ship will also include a new concept for NCL - a "Bar Central" -- featuring Shakers Martini and Cocktail Bar; Magnum's Champagne and Wine Bar and Maltings Beer and Whiskey Pub.

In addition to Bar Central, Norwegian Jewel will feature the Sky High Bar, an outdoor beer garden and "Fyzz" Cabaret Lounge, featuring three private Karaoke rooms.

Gold-Standard Accommodations:
Norwegian Jewel will offer an extensive choice of cabins. In fact, while Norwegian Jewel is modeled after Norwegian Star and Norwegian Dawn, NCL has increased the number of cabins from 1112 on Norwegian Dawn to 1188 on Norwegian Jewel, including the addition of 10 courtyard villas sharing a private courtyard, complete with swimming pool, Jacuzzi and a small gym. These suites also share a private sundeck with large two-person sun beds and hammocks. Positioned high atop the vessel, these suites tout sweeping views of the ocean and an impressive assortment of amenities usually found only at five-star land-based resorts.

Continuing the focus on outstanding accommodations for families, the ship also offers a large number of cabins (including balcony staterooms, suites and junior-suites) that can interconnect to create a two, three, four or five bedroom area suitable for families of all sizes.

Amenities That Sparkle:
Norwegian Jewel will feature the latest in relaxation and fitness at the contemporary South Pacific-themed Bora Bora Health Spa and Beauty Salon operated by Mandara Spa.

Norwegian Jewel will offer a new, advanced Internet Café and Photo Gallery with kiosks to print photos from digital cameras as well as the latest laptops, which guests can rent to use around the ship. The ship will also feature NCL's signature WiFi and cell phone service.

The Sports Deck will contain a basketball, volleyball and tennis court, while the Body Waves Fitness Center will boast state-of-the-art cardiovascular workout equipment - each with its own TV -- aerobic and yoga area with a sprung wooden floor, steam and sauna rooms, a jet-current exercise pool, an indoor lap pool, whirlpool and hydrotherapy pool. Body waves will be open 24 hours a day.

The ship will be particularly family-friendly and feature the Splashdown Kid's Club and Sapphire Kid's Pool, a brightly colored facility for children designed with a cute and friendly tropical sea creature theme as well as the Underground Teen's Club.

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Posted by Denise at November 12, 2004 10:35 AM
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