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Norwegian Getaway Bonus Days offers onboard credits and stateroom upgrades

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On September - 2 - 2014

With so much to do on Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, Norwegian Getaway, more on-board credit means more fun for guests who book during Norwegian Getaway Bonus Days from September 3-4, 2014. Guests who book any seven-day Eastern Caribbean sailing on Norwegian Getaway will receive a $100 on-board credit plus free balcony upgrades. Guests who take advantage of this limited time offer can use the credit towards an array of shore excursions in the Caribbean; treatments in the ship’s award-winning Mandara spa; dinner in any of Norwegian Getaway’s delicious specialty restaurants, including Ocean Blue by Geoffrey Zakarian; and much more.

Setting sail from Miami year-round, this spectacular new vessel calls on some of the Caribbean’s most popular ports of call including: Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas. Embodying the essence of the Magic City, the ship’s hull artwork was designed by Miami’s own David “LEBO” LeBatard and offers 28 dining options, two Broadway Shows, the largest Aqua Park at sea with five thrilling slides, Nickelodeon and Splash Academy for families and much more.

Whether guests are embarking on a family vacation, romantic escape or a solo getaway, Norwegian Getaway offers a variety of flexible accommodations ranging from Studio staterooms specially designed for solo travelers, to balcony staterooms and opulent suites in The Haven, the ultimate in luxury accommodations. With fares starting at $429 per person (double occupancy) and $100 in on-board credit plus free balcony upgrades on all new bookings, there’s never been a better time to sail on Miami’s Ultimate Ship, Norwegian Getaway.

To book a cruise during Norwegian Getaway Bonus Days sales event, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 866-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit www.ncl.com.

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Freestyle merging – Norwegian acquires Oceania and Regent Seven Seas

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On September - 2 - 2014

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. announced this morning that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Prestige Cruises International, Inc., the market leader in the upscale cruise segment and parent company of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, in cash and stock for a total transaction consideration of $3.025 billion, including the assumption of debt.

“The acquisition of Prestige represents an extraordinary opportunity for Norwegian Cruise Line to expand our market presence by adding two established, award-winning brands in the upscale cruise segment with loyal followings,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “Not only does this acquisition immediately enhance our financial performance, but it also deepens the bench of talent that we have been developing over the years.  Our complementary strengths and skillsets will pave the way for new cross-selling opportunities, cross-brand collaboration, cross-business support, as well as joint partnerships which, coupled with meaningful synergies that can be quickly implemented, will provide solid accretion to earnings per share and drive long-term shareholder value,” added Sheehan.

“We are excited to become part of the Norwegian family and start a new chapter for our company,” said Frank Del Rio, chairman and CEO of Prestige. “With Oceania and Regent, we have built iconic brands with distinctive product offerings and strong customer loyalty. The combination is very compelling and will allow us to further enhance our renowned guest experience.  We are looking forward to joining the Norwegian team and building upon the success that our three brands have already achieved.”

Prestige operates eight ships and approximately 6,500 berths under two segment-leading brands.  Oceania Cruises is the market leader in the upper-premium cruise segment with five ships offering destination-oriented cruise vacations to more than 330 ports around the globe, gourmet culinary experiences, elegant accommodations and personalized service.  Regent Seven Seas Cruises is the market leader in the luxury cruise segment and operates three award-winning, all-suite ships, with an additional ship on order for delivery in summer 2016. Regent offers the industry’s most inclusive luxury vacation experience visiting over 250 destinations worldwide.  Frank Del Rio will remain chief executive officer of Prestige.

“The combination of three distinct brands, each serving a different market segment, under one umbrella immediately creates an industry-leading cruise operator with an unmatched growth trajectory and a portfolio of products that allows us to appeal to guests at every stage of their life cycle,” added Sheehan.  “We are fully committed to retaining the brand propositions, guest experiences and cultures of the Norwegian, Oceania and Regent brands that have allowed each to realize such success.”

Transaction Rationale

The compelling rationale to acquire Prestige includes:

  •  The diversification of cruise market segments by adding upper premium and luxury brands;
  • The further enhancement of industry-leading financial metrics;
  • Opportunities for synergies and the sharing of best practices among brands;
  • An increase in economies of scale providing greater operational leverage;
  • The expansion of growth trajectory and global footprint; and
  • The opportunity to complement Norwegian’s new build program with the existing Regent order that provides measured, orderly capacity growth through 2019.

Transaction Details

The total transaction consideration of $3.025 billion includes the assumption of debt.  Additionally, a contingent cash consideration of up to $50 million to Prestige shareholders would be payable upon achievement of certain 2015 performance metrics.

In early July, Norwegian’s Board of Directors formed a Transaction Committee and delegated it full authority to negotiate and approve a transaction.  The Committee consisted entirely of disinterested directors.  Genting Hong Kong Limited and certain funds affiliated with TPG Capital, each of whose consent was required pursuant to Norwegian’s existing shareholders’ agreement have consented to the transaction.  The Transaction Committee, who retained its own financial and legal advisors, has unanimously approved the transaction.  The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Norwegian will finance the acquisition with existing cash, new and existing debt facilities and the issuance of approximately 20.3 million shares of its common stock.  Pursuant to the requirements of NASDAQ Rule 5635, holders of a majority of Norwegian’s common stock have consented to the issuance of such shares.

Barclays is acting as lead financial advisor to Norwegian, Deloitte Consulting, LLP is acting as diligence advisor and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is providing legal counsel.  UBS Investment Bank is acting as financial advisor to Prestige and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is providing legal counsel.  Perella Weinberg Partners is acting as financial advisor to the Transaction Committee of the Norwegian Board of Directors and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP is providing legal counsel.  J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Deutsche Bank are also serving as financial advisors to Norwegian.  Barclays, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Deutsche Bank have provided committed financing to Norwegian to support the acquisition.

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Norwegian Cruise Line offers DASH sale with a choice of options

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On August - 25 - 2014

Norwegian Cruise Line is launching two great offers for cruisers, providing exceptional savings fleetwide. From now through Friday, August 29, 2014, guests can enjoy reduced deposits and up to $250 onboard credit* with Norwegian’s popular Freestyle Dash Sale. Guests booking a 2015 cruise can also take advantage of Norwegian’s seven-day All-Inclusive package**, valued at more than $2,400, for just $899 per person for a seven-day cruise.

The All-Inclusive package is available for 2015 sailings from three to 14 days in length, is priced by the number of days, and is available for all stateroom categories, including the Haven by Norwegian.  When adding the All-Inclusive package to a selected cruise, guests receive 10 percent off the cruise fare. The All-Inclusive package includes the Ultimate Dining package; the Ultimate Beverage package; shore excursion credit of up to $200 per person, pre-paid daily service charges; a 250-minute Internet package per person; 20 photos of any size; chocolate-covered strawberries; a bottle of wine; one bingo session and up to 12 bottles of water.

Guests can cruise into fall aboard Miami’s newest ship, Norwegian Getaway, as she sails seven-day cruises to the Eastern Caribbean from her year-round homeport of Miami, Florida. Voted Best New Ship by Bon Voyage magazine, Norwegian Getaway visits tropical ports of call including Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas. On-board guests will be dazzled by the ship’s Miami flair, exceptional dining and entertainment as well as the excitement of 678 Ocean Place and The Waterfront, a variety of interconnected indoor and outdoor venues on three dynamic decks that create a multiplex of dining, activities and more that enhance guests’ connection with the ocean. Fares this fall start at $419***.

Guests can set sail from Houston this fall and winter, as the newly-refurbished Norwegian Jewel cruises to sunny Western Caribbean destinations on seven-day sailings between October 11, 2014 and April 11, 2015. Cruisers will explore ports of call including Cozumel, Mexico; Belize City,  Belize; and Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras; with fares starting at $349***.

Cruisers can also set sail from New York to the Bahamas & Florida on seven-day cruises on board Norwegian Breakaway, awarded Best New Ship from Cruise Critic, from October 5, 2014 to April 19, 2015. Fares start at $549**.

To book a cruise during Norwegian’s Freestyle Dash sale now through August 29, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit www.ncl.com.

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Princess launches Endless Summer Sale – sailings from $499

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On August - 21 - 2014

Princess Cruises is keeping summer alive with savings on more than 150 cruise vacations to sunny destinations such as the Caribbean, Tahiti, Hawaii, Panama Canal and Mexico. The “Endless Summer Sale,” which begins today and runs through September 10, offers guests the chance to save up to $1,400 on select cruises departing between November 2014 and February 2015.

In addition to special cruise fares, guests booking balcony staterooms or above will receive an onboard credit of $200 (for cruises 11 days or longer) or $150 (seven- to 10-day cruises); and those booking interior or oceanview staterooms can get credits of $150 (cruises 11 days or longer) or $100 (seven- to 10-day cruises).

More information about the Endless Summer Sale can be found at princess.com/sale. Additional cruise deals can be found at princess.com/topcruisedeals.

Examples of cruise deals include:

  • Caribbean cruise vacation – 7 days from $499
  • Panama Canal cruise vacation – 11 days from $999
  • Tahiti cruise vacation – 10 days from $999
  • Hawaii cruise vacation – 15 days from $1,499
  • Mexico cruise vacation – 7 days from $499

All cruise prices are per person, based on double occupancy. The Endless Summer Sale begins at 12:01 a.m. PDT on August 21 and runs through 11:59 p.m. PDT on September 10 and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company’s website at princess.com.

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Norwegian launching Alaska Bonus Days for September sailings – fares from $629

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On August - 21 - 2014

Norwegian Cruise Line is launching its Alaska Bonus Days with two great offers providing exceptional savings on board the youngest fleet sailing to Alaska. From now through Friday, August 22, 2014, guests who book a Norwegian cruise vacation to Alaska can receive up to $200 to spend on board. Guests booking a 2015 cruise now through Friday, August 29, 2014, can also take advantage of Norwegian’s seven-day All-Inclusive Package*, valued at more than $2,400, for just $899 per person.

Thrill-seekers can pack up their sense of adventure and explore the captivating coastline; head deep into the frozen wilderness on an Alaska Cruisetour; feel the excitement of a 30-ton whale gliding under their catamaran and so much more while cruising through the majestic state of Alaska on board one of Norwegian’s three modern ships: Norwegian Sun, Norwegian Jewel or Norwegian Pearl.

Norwegian Sun offers a series of seven-day cruises from either Vancouver, British Columbia or Whittier, Alaska, and explores breathtaking destinations including the Inside

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Passage, Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Sawyer Glacier and Hubbard Glacier, now through September 22, 2014. Fares from Vancouver, British Colombia start at $649* and fares from Whittier, Alaska start at $549**.

Norwegian Jewel offers seven-day cruises from Seattle every Saturday and visits Alaska favorites including Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan and Victoria, British Columbia, now through September 21, 2014, with fares starting at $579**.

Norwegian Pearl also provides guests with an unparalleled Alaska cruise experience, sailing a series of seven-day cruises from Seattle that visit popular ports including Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan and Victoria, British Columbia, every Sunday now through September 21, 2014, with fares starting at $629**.

To book a cruise during Norwegian’s Alaska Bonus Days Sales Event, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit www.ncl.com.

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For the first time, Carnival Pride will operate a series of 10- to 14-day Caribbean cruises round-trip from Baltimore and one-way between Baltimore and San Juan featuring some of the region’s most breathtaking destinations, as well as new five-day Bermuda cruises and unique six- and eight-day Caribbean/Bahamas voyages, beginning in October 2015.

“Our guests and travel agent partners have been seeking more varied options from the Northeast – particularly longer length voyages – and we’re delighted to expand our schedules from Baltimore and San Juan to provide these attractive ‘Fun Ship’ cruise offerings from these ports,” said Gerry Cahill, Carnival’s president and CEO. “These new voyages not only provide vacationers with an abundance of five- to 14-day cruise choices but also feature a wide range of spectacular island destinations throughout the Caribbean, Bahamas and Bermuda,” he added. 

One-of-a-Kind 10- to 14-Day Caribbean Cruises

Carnival Pride will operate a series of 10-, 11- and 14-day cruises either round-trip from Baltimore or one-way between Baltimore and San Juan in 2015 and 2016.   The voyages include an 11-day exotic southern Caribbean cruise from Baltimore to San Juan departing Jan. 17, 2016, with stops at Grand Turk, Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, and St. Croix; a 10-day exotic eastern Caribbean cruise from San Juan to Baltimore departing Jan. 28, 2016, calling at St. Thomas, Antigua, Dominica, St. Lucia; St. Kitts and St. Maarten; and a 14-day eastern Caribbean cruise round-trip from Baltimore March 13, 2016, featuring eight different island destinations: Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Thomas, Dominica, St. Lucia, Martinique, Antigua and St. Maarten.

During these voyages, guests can relax on some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, enjoy a host of shopping, dining and sightseeing opportunities, experience unique Caribbean cultures and visit centuries-old landmarks and attractions.

New Five-Day Bermuda Cruises, Six- and Eight-Day Sailings

Carnival Pride will also offer two five-day Bermuda cruises in 2015-16 – one departing Oct. 26, 2015, and another April 10, 2016.  These cruises spend two full days at Heritage Wharf, where guests can marvel at the island’s legendary pink sand beaches, enjoy a variety of watersports and visit historic sites such as the Royal Naval Dockyard and Gibb’s Hill Lighthouse, the oldest cast iron lighthouse in the Western Hemisphere.

Additionally, three six-day Bahamas cruises operating round-trip from Baltimore and featuring visits to Freeport and Nassau will be offered.  These value-packed cruises, which depart Nov. 30 and Dec. 20, 2015, and Feb. 14, 2016, provide consumers with a new short duration cruise option from Baltimore at an incredible value.

Carnival Pride will also offer a new series of eight-day exotic eastern Caribbean voyages departing from Baltimore and featuring Grand Turk, the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay and Nassau, each offering gorgeous beaches and excellent watersports.  Departure dates for these voyages include Oct. 18 and 31, and Dec. 26, 2015, and Feb. 20, and April 15 and 23, 2016.

A special six-day East Coast U.S. and Bahamas cruise from Baltimore featuring the line’s first-ever scheduled in-transit call to Charleston, S.C., as well as Port Canaveral, Fla., Nassau, and Freeport, will be offered Nov. 22, 2015.

Exciting Fun Ship 2.0 Innovations

This fall, Carnival Pride will undergo a multi-million-dollar makeover that will add a variety of dining, bar and entertainment innovations that are part of the line’s Fun Ship 2.0 product enhancement initiative.  New features will include Guy’s Burger Joint, developed in tandem with Food Network star Guy Fieri, the cocktail pharmacy-themed Alchemy Bar, BlueIguana Cantina serving authentic Mexican fare, EA SPORTS Bar with a 16-monitor video wall and 24/7 sports ticker, and two poolside watering holes – RedFrog Rum Bar and BlueIguana Tequila Bar.

Sure to be a hit with guests of all ages will be WaterWorks featuring Green Thunder, the fastest and steepest slide at sea, as well as the line’s signature Twister slide and a water spray park. Also added will be Bonsai Sushi serving authentic Asian specialties, RedFrog Pub serving Carnival’s own private label draft beer, ThirstyFrog Red, Library Bar with self-service wine dispensers, and Cherry On Top, offering bulk candy, apparel and other items. New entertainment options such as Hasbro, The Game Show with larger-than-life adaptations of the company’s iconic games, and Playlist Productions where talented performers interact with spectacular staging and special effects, will be added, as well.

Additional Information and Reservations

Reservations are currently being accepted on all of the Carnival Pride’s new departures from Baltimore and San Juan.

For additional information, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.

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