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Norwegian Cruise Line Recognizes Five Team Members With More Than 30 Years Of Service

Two veteran employees celebrate 40 years with NCL


Miami   -    Sep 19, 2008   ---   

In a quarterly service award ceremony at the company's Miami headquarters, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) today recognized five team members with more than 30 years of service. Together, they have a combined 175 years of experience with the cruise line. Of those five, two were celebrated for 40 years of service to the company: Bjorn Svensen of marine operations and Tommy Powell of food and beverage operations. Rounding out the five top service award recipients were Knut Bakken of marine operations with 35 years; Alvin Dennis and Jane Lester, both of hotel purchasing, with 30 years of service each.

In addition, the company recognized a total of 26 additional long-standing team members: five with 20 years of service, one with 15, six with 10 years and 14 with five years of service. The service awards, held on a quarterly basis, honor and recognize NCL employees for their commitment and service to the company. NCL, in business for 42 years, is a pioneer in the cruise industry and was the first cruise line to base itself in Miami - established in 1966 as Norwegian Caribbean Lines.

"One of the benefits of being the longest established cruise line in Miami is that we have highly qualified people on our team whose experience exceeds anyone else's in the industry," said Kevin Sheehan, NCL's president. "These team members have demonstrated their loyalty to the company and have constantly developed and shared the knowledge and skills that they bring to their jobs every day. They are the glue that holds the NCL family together."

Bjorn Svensen joined NCL in 1968, less than two years after the company's inception, as an electrician on the M/S Starward, NCL's second ship. He worked on a number of NCL ships until 1990 when he moved to the company's Miami headquarters as a senior port engineer, electrical. Today, he is a superintendent, electrical in the company's marine operations department, responsible for Norwegian Sun, Norwegian Sky, Norwegian Majesty and Norwegian Dream. In addition to his years of service, the company also recognized him for his professional skills, strong personal character and team player mentality.

Tommy Powell also joined the company in 1968 as a bar waiter on the M/S Sunward, NCL's first ship which at 11,000 gross tons held a maximum of 450 guests and 125 crew members. He worked on many NCL ships, including S/S Norway. In 1986, he was promoted to a position shoreside and has worked as the restaurant operations manager in the company's food and beverage department. His contributions to the company have touched every ship to have sailed under NCL colors, and every crew member on those ships.

As part of the recognition, each team member with 10 years or more of service received a certificate of appreciation, an NCL commemorative item and a service award gift of their choice, along with a special lapel badge designating their years of service.

NCL Corporation Ltd. is the holding company for various subsidiary companies involved in owning and operating the ships of Norwegian Cruise Line.

NCL is building a new third generation Freestyle Cruising project known as F3, for delivery in 2010. NCL today has the youngest fleet in the industry, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy the flexibility of Freestyle Cruising on the newest, most contemporary ships at sea, and has recently added its latest new ship, the 2,400 passenger Norwegian Gem.

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