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June 20, 2010

Norwegian Epic Features Many Hi-Tech Advancements


Interactive television features in-room gaming, entertainment and shore excursion booking and on demand movies New facial recognition system allows guests to identify all photos taken on board

Miami - Jun 18, 2010 - High tech advancements abound on Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Cruise Line's largest and most innovative Freestyle Cruising ship to date. The features include in-room interactive television capabilities, which will allow guests to book entertainment shows and shore excursions; select on demand movies; and even play slots and video poker through a DigiCasino" capability; to a cutting edge facial recognition system that links all guests' onboard photographs.


Digi HD" Interactive Television
Norwegian Epic's Digi HD" Interactive Television, or ITV, was created by Allin Interactive. Using the in-room television, guests scroll through a wheel of options to make reservations for entertainment performances, book shore excursions, check their shipboard account, and select from a large library of first-run on-demand movies. A highlight of Norwegian Epic's ITV is the DigiCasino", which extends the casino into guest staterooms, allowing them to play popular games such as slots and video poker. An interactive cashier enables guests to purchase and redeem gaming credits that can be used for interactive play. All purchases made through ITV are applied to the guest's shipboard account.

Youfinder Facial Recognition System
Another hi-tech innovation on board Norwegian Epic is the Youfinder facial recognition software, created by Image. When guests board Norwegian Epic, their picture is taken and linked to their cruise card. This provides Image's proprietary indexing system, YouFinder, with the ability to match guests' faces and identification details anytime a photo is taken afterwards. Using both facial recognition and patented indexing techniques, Youfinder provides the most accurate linking of guests to their photos. When guests want to view and purchase their photos, they go to an on-board kiosk, swipe their cruise card and they can immediately view their cruise memories. From this, they can order select images and have them printed out by the ship's photo team or they can order a CD with all images and take it home.

For more information about Norwegian Epic, call a Freestyle Specialist at Cruising2Europe.com #1-800-738-8837.

About Allin Corporation
Allin Corporation is a leading provider of solutions-oriented application development technology consulting and systems integration services. Allin specializes in interactive media and Microsoft-based technologies. Allin interactive television has been installed on over 70 cruise ships, in over 80,000 cabins. Allin delivers services through the trade names Allin Interactive, Allin Consulting and the CodeLab Technology Group. The Company maintains offices in Pittsburgh, PA; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; and Wakefield, MA.

About Image
Image is the largest and most successful photo concessionaire in the cruise industry, serving over 40 ships carrying more than 80,000 guests per week on worldwide itineraries. In addition to taking over 20 million photos of guests per year, the company also provides dvd production, guest film processing, custom digital photo kiosks and onboard retail sales of cameras and other photography-related products. Image sets the industry's highest standards of customer service, product quality and revenue generation for its cruise line partners. For more information about Image, visit www.image.com.


About Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 44-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising, most notably with the introduction of Freestyle Cruising which has revolutionized the industry by allowing guests more freedom and flexibility.

Today, Norwegian has 10 purpose-built Freestyle Cruising ships, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed cruise vacation on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea.

Norwegian's largest and most innovative Freestyle Cruising ship, Norwegian Epic, debuts in June 2010. Norwegian Cruise Line is the official cruise line of Blue Man Group, debuting for the first time at sea on Norwegian Epic, as well as the official cruise line of Legends in Concert and Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids.

Posted by Denise at June 20, 2010 06:10 PM

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