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NCL America Debuts New Lu'au on Kaua'i

Miami   -    May 3, 2007   ---   

NCL America (NCLA), in partnership with Kilohana Plantation and NH Productions, hosted a grand opening of its brand new lu'au and dinner show for the community on Friday, April 27. Lu'au Kalamaku promises to be one of Hawai'i's most exciting and entertaining experiences offered nowhere else in the islands. The experience will offer traditional Hawaiian games, arts and craft lessons, a hula show and a theatrical production. Guests will also have the opportunity to sample popular island favorite's lomi lomi salmon, poi, taro bread and kālua pig catered by Gaylord’s Restaurant. A train ride on Kaua'i Plantation Railway or a vintage Clydesdale carriage ride through the plantation’s 35-acre estate will also be available as additional featured activities.

"Hawai'i is a very special place and passengers cruising NCL America ships are here to experience Hawaiian culture and learn about Hawai'i's heritage," said Robert Kritzman NCL America Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Hawai'i Operations. "Lu'au Kalamaku tells a tale about Hawaiian culture and values through a one-of-a-kind theatrical performance which weaves in ancient and modern dances from the Tahitian, Hawaiian and American traditions."

Lu'au Kalamaku is a heartwarming story created by well-known director, producer and performer Haunani Asing Marston and Nanea Tuttle of NH Productions. Marston, a former Miss Hawai'i, recently returned to Kaua'i after working for four years in Washington D.C. with the Congress on Homeland Security issues. Marston produced, directed and starred in the Princeville Hotel Lu'au, "Nani Hanalei o ke kai," for five years and prior to that produced, directed and starred in Tahiti Nui Family Style Lu'au, "Aloha Kaua'i," for 14 years. Her credits also include stage productions of "South Pacific" at Kilohana Plantation, “Monarchy Nights,” “Some Enchanted Evenings,” and “After Eight” from Big Band Productions/Lionman Records.

The original storyline, which will feature an all Kaua'i cast, tells the tale of one family’s journey from Tahiti to Kaua'i.Original music for the production was created by Marston, Halani Boshard and Michael Ruff and choreographed in a collaborative effort by some of Kaua'i's top talent, including Kathleen and Alani Woodward, former Merrie Monarch Miss Aloha Hula and Kumu Hula Healani Youn, Kumu Hula Doric Yarvis, Pualani Avaeoru, and Stephania Zenato.

"This production celebrates the inner fire and determination of ancient people who endured the separation of time and the great unknown during early migration,” said Marston. “The flamed torch passed from generation to generation, illuminating the path for others to follow, true warriors of light. Our people have also been expert cultivators, seeking and cherishing the seeds of wisdom and spiritual guidance from Ke Akua, voices of ancestors and 'aumākua call. In response, we answer ...Mahalo e 'Io, which means thank you to our god whose name is 'Io. "

NCLA renovated and upgraded the existing carriage house at Kilohana Plantation which now includes a new pavilion structure that spans the back lawn and will have the capacity to accommodate 1,000 guests. The structure ensures the show will go on even during inclement weather.
The shows for passengers will run Monday, Thursday and Saturday evenings when NCLA ships overnight in Kaua'i. Incentive groups, other visitors and residents of Kaua'i will have the opportunity to book the show on alternative nights at a later date. NCLA began running the show for its cruise guests on April 5, 2007.

NCL Corporation Ltd. is an innovative cruise company headquartered in Miami, Florida, with a fleet of 15 ships in service and under construction. The corporation oversees the operations of Norwegian Cruise Line, NCL America, and Orient Lines. The company recently took delivery of its newest ship, Norwegian Pearl, and is currently building Norwegian Gem for delivery in October of 2007. In addition, NCL plans to build up to three new third generation Freestyle Cruising ships for delivery between 2009 and 2011.

NCL is on target to have the youngest fleet in the industry by the end of 2007 with the introduction of Norwegian Gem, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy the flexibility of Freestyle Cruising on the newest, most contemporary ships at sea.

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AnneMarie Mathews
Vice President of Public Relations
Public Relations Department
7665 Corporate Center Drive
Miami, FL 33126
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