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February 17, 2006

Norwegian Sun Returns To New Orleans In October 2006



NCL’s Freestyle Cruising vessel to be first cruise ship to homeport in the Big Easy since Hurricane Katrina

NEW ORLEANS - February 2, 2006 – Today in Jackson Square, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) and the Port of New Orleans announced that NCL will be the first cruise line to homeport in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina. NCL’s Norwegian Sun returns to the Port of New Orleans on October 15, 2006 to sail seven-day exotic Western Caribbean cruises.

“We are pleased to return Norwegian Sun back to her winter home in the Big Easy and in some small way assist in the recovery process of New Orleans,” said Andy Stuart, executive vice president of sales, marketing and passenger services for NCL. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Port of New Orleans and welcoming passengers back on board to explore the Western Caribbean from this historic city.”

"New Orleans blossomed into one of the most popular points of embarkation for cruise ship customers and was on pace to break the 1 million-passenger mark," said Gary LaGrange, President and CEO of the Port of New Orleans. "The cruise industry evolved into a major economic engine for the entire city, generating $226 million in direct and indirect sales annually. NCL is a vital part of that success and I commend them for their support and commitment to the rebuilding of a greater New Orleans."

Norwegian Sun’s seven-day itinerary out of New Orleans begins October 15 through April 8 and calls on Costa Maya, Mexico; Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala; Belize City, Belize and Cozumel, Mexico.

Norwegian Sun, launched in 2001, is NCL’s first purpose-built Freestyle Cruising vessel. The ship features nine distinctive restaurants accommodating 1,936 passengers with more than 400 balconies, 30 mini-suites with balconies and four Owner’s Suites.

Amenities on Norwegian Sun include dynamic public rooms, expansive kid’s center with a children’s pool, a large casino, an Internet Café with 24 computer stations and a full service health spa and salon.

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.

NCL took delivery of its newest Freestyle Cruising vessel, the 93,502-ton Norwegian Jewel on August 4, 2005.

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

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Posted by Denise at February 17, 2006 08:41 AM

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