Norwegian Recognizes Top Travel Partners, Names World Travel Holdings Elite Agency of the Year

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Virtuoso, Avoya Travel/American Express, and Expedia Inc. also take top honors

Our relationship with travel partners is at the core of all that we do and, through Partners First, we remain focused on continuously strengthening our commitment to the travel partner community.

Norwegian Cruise Line has named Wilmington, Massachusetts-based World Travel Holdings (WTH), which includes CruiseOne and Cruises Inc., Elite Agency of the Year for the second year in a row. World Travel Holdings was chosen for their continued commitment to the success of Norwegian, their overall revenue, year-over-year growth and loyalty to Norwegian’s brand. The agency is also a member of the line’s President’s Club Elite comprised of the top performing travel partners.

Norwegian also recognized the following travel partners in five categories:

  •     Home-Based Partner of the Year: Avoya Travel/American Express of Miami, FL;
  •     Franchise Partner of the Year: Cruise Planners/American Express of Coral Springs, FL;
  •     Online Travel Partner of the Year: Expedia Inc. of Bellevue, WA;
  •     Retail Travel Agency of the Year: Expedia CruiseShipCenters of Vancouver, BC;
  •     Consortia Partner of the Year: Virtuoso of Ft. Worth, TX.

“Congratulations to our top travel partners and to all our partners for their support and dedication to our brand,“ said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “Our relationship with travel partners is at the core of all that we do and, through Partners First, we remain focused on continuously strengthening our commitment to the travel partner community."

As part of the award, World Travel Holdings receives the opportunity to sail in one of Norwegian’s luxurious 5,000 square-foot Garden Villas, the largest and most luxurious accommodations at sea, located in the exclusive Haven by Norwegian at the top of the ship on Norwegian Gem, Pearl, Jade and Jewel. All of the other winners will receive a cruise for two in a balcony stateroom on board Norwegian Epic, the company’s most innovative ship to date.

To learn more about Norwegian’s Partners First initiatives, please visit

About Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 46-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising, most notably with the introduction of Freestyle Cruising which revolutionized the industry by giving guests more freedom and flexibility. Today, Norwegian invites guests to “Cruise Like a Norwegian” on one of 11 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. Recently, the line was named “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line” by the World Travel Awards for the fifth consecutive year.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s largest and most innovative Freestyle Cruising ship, Norwegian Epic, debuted in June 2010 and has been named “Best Overall Cruise Ship” by the readers of Travel Weekly two years in a row and “Best Ship for Sea Days” by Cruise Critic. Norwegian Cruise Line is the official cruise line of Blue Man Group, appearing for the first time at sea on Norwegian Epic, as well as the official cruise line of Legends in Concert, The Second City®, Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos, and Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids. Cirque Dreams™ & Dinner is also featured on board Norwegian Epic as the first show of its kind at sea under a big top.

The Company has two 4,000-passenger vessels, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, under construction for delivery in April 2013 and January 2014, along with one larger “Breakaway Plus” vessel for delivery in Fall 2015. Known as New York’s ship, Norwegian Breakaway will be the largest vessel to homeport year-round in the city, sailing to Bermuda for the summer beginning May 12, 2013. Norwegian Breakaway’s features include hull art by legendary artist Peter Max, seafood restaurant Ocean Blue by famed New York Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, and fitness classes and a retrospective display from the ship’s iconic godmothers, the Rockettes®. The entertainment lineup includes three Broadway shows: Rock of Ages, Burn the Floor and Cirque Dreams™ & Dinner: Jungle Fantasy. Norwegian Getaway, the largest ship to homeport year-round in Miami, will sail Eastern Caribbean voyages beginning in February 2014. Sailings for both vessels are now on sale.

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