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July 18, 2006

NCL Corporation Completes Fleetwide Cell Phone Installation On It's NCL and Orient Lines Ships


NCL is the first cruise line to fully implement cell phone service fleetwide

MIAMI – July 7, 2006 - NCL Corporation today announced that it is the first cruise line to offer cell phone service fleetwide. The service is available for all passengers on all of its ships worldwide even when communications towers are oceans away. The company is providing the service through Wireless Maritime Services, a joint venture of AT&T Wireless and Maritime Telecommunications Network (MTN).

Leading the way in shipboard technology, NCL was the first cruise line to offer cell phone service when it introduced the new technology on Norwegian Sun more than two years ago. NCL pioneered the industry’s first Internet access on the high seas with its Internet café in 1999. In 2002, NCL became the first cruise line to provide remote wireless Internet (also known as Wi-Fi) to its guests. All services are now standard throughout NCL’s entire fleet.

“Cutting-edge onboard technology is important to our guests,” said Colin Veitch, NCL Corporation’s president and CEO. “While we recognize that some guests traveling with us choose to disconnect, others need to stay connected to loved ones or business associates in order to get away. Cell phone, Internet capabilities and WiFi services ensure that our passengers can stay connected if they so choose.”

The offering combines satellite and wireless services, enabling passengers to make and receive calls on their own cell phones with their own phone numbers while in international waters.

The service is available to most passengers with GSM and CDMA phones that operate at 1900 MHz, which is standard in the U.S. Passengers can make and receive both voice calls and text messages. In addition, passengers with data-capable GSM/GPRS devices can access data services, such as email, internet and picture messaging. Passengers are billed by the carrier to whom they subscribe at roaming rates set by that carrier, just as if they were roaming on land instead of at sea.

NCL America ships are deployed close to shore in U.S. waters so passengers can access local cell phone towers.

Press Release by Norwegian Cruise Line

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Posted by Denise at July 18, 2006 02:31 PM

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