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Norwegian Recognizes Top Travel Partners; Names Vacations To Go 2010 Elite Travel

Expedia CruiseShipCenters, Cruise Planners, WMPH and American Express also take top honors

Miami   -    Jan 26, 2011   ---   

Norwegian Cruise Line has named Vacations To Go, based in Houston, Texas, its 2010 Elite Travel Partner of the Year, as well as its 2010 Online Partner of the Year. Vacations To Go was chosen for their continued commitment to the success of Norwegian Cruise Line, along with their ability to grow sales. The agency is also a member of the line's President's Club Elite comprised of the top performing travel partners.


Norwegian Cruise Line also recognized the following agencies in four other categories:


- Franchise Agency of the Year ? Expedia CruiseShipCenters of Vancouver;


- Home-Based Agency of the Year ? Cruise Planners / American Express of Coral Springs, FL;


- Retail Agency of the Year ? WMPH (We Make People Happy) based in Delray Beach, FL;


- National Account of the Year ? American Express based in New York, NY.


"Our travel partners are critical to our success so it's important for us to show how much we appreciate their hard work and dedication. Congratulations to these five partners," said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line's president and chief executive officer. "In 2010, we took Freestyle Cruising to the next level with the introduction of Norwegian Epic. All of our travel partners embraced not only our new ship, but our entire fleet and all the freedom and flexibility we offer. We look forward to working with them closely in 2011."


"For some time now, Norwegian has had a laser-like focus on improving every aspect of their company. Last year the results of their efforts really became apparent to our agents and managers," said Emerson Hankamer, president and chief operating officer of Vacations To Go. "In 2010, we succeeded with Norwegian Cruise Line because the company is easier to do business with than ever before, so it comes as no surprise that our agents rallied around the brand."


As a show of appreciation, Vacations To Go 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. All of the other winners will receive a cruise for two in a balcony on board Norwegian Epic.


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 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. The Company has reached an agreement for two 143,000-gross ton vessels for delivery in 2013 and 2014.


Norwegian's largest and most innovative Freestyle Cruising ship, Norwegian Epic, debuted 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, Second City® Comedy Troupe, Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos, Gibson Guitar, 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.


High resolution, downloadable images are available at For further information on Norwegian Cruise Line, visit, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, watch us on YouTube, or contact us in the U.S. and Canada at 888- NCL-CRUISE (625-2784).


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Vanessa Picariello
Senior Director of Public Relations
Public Relations Department
7665 Corporate Center Drive
Miami, FL 33126