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Norwegian Cruise Line Partners With Expedia CruiseShipCenters To Host National Conference

Norwegian Epic plays host to more than 300 attendees at 2010 annual conference

Miami   -    Dec 9, 2010   ---   

Norwegian Cruise Line's largest and most innovative Freestyle Cruising ship, Norwegian Epic, recently hosted Expedia CruiseShipCenters' Partners in Service Excellence 2010 National Conference. A marketing leader in the cruise vacation industry and a part of the Expedia family, Expedia CruiseShipCenters brought more than 250 franchise owners on board to participate in the week's events.

Norwegian's signature Freestyle Cruising, which gives guests the freedom and flexibility to enjoy their cruise vacation on their terms with no fixed dining times and relaxed attire, was evident throughout the week. Franchise owners were able to experience the wide range of dining on board Norwegian Epic, including three nights of custom "Dine-Around" that allowed participants to try different specialty restaurants such as Moderno Churrascaria and Shanghai's. Attendees were also treated to Epic's innovative entertainment with an exclusive Second City performance that was tailored and performed specifically for them.

"Expedia CruiseShipCenters is a valued partner and we were excited to host this conference for the fourth time on our newest, most innovative ship," said Camille Olivere, Norwegian's vice president of sales, who was on board for the event. "It's a great opportunity for us to showcase how unique Epic truly is." According to Matthew Eichhorst, president of Expedia CruiseShipCenters, the Norwegian team was instrumental in delivering an outstanding conference. "Expedia CruiseShipCenters is all about exceeding expectations", he says. "In 2009, when we were deciding which cruise line would be selected to host our 2010 National Conference, we asked one simple question ? ?How are you going to make it special?' "

The answer was made clear onboard Norwegian Epic, as the group of 334 attendees, including franchise owners and suppliers, blended a comprehensive business agenda with all of the unique features of the ship. Other exclusive events included a Franchise Partners Aqua Challenge, champagne sail-away complete with an airplane banner flying over-head welcoming Expedia CruseShipCenters and an executive sliming by the Nickelodeon cast on board.

"From day one, everyone at Norwegian put their heart and soul into working with us to create a conference that met our business needs and built the fun, Freestyle Cruising experience right into the agenda," says Eichhorst. "Franchise partners have told us this was our best National Conference ever and a big part of the success is because everyone at Norwegian - from the onboard crew to senior executives, proved their commitment to the strong relationship with Expedia CruiseShipCenters."

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.

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About Expedia CruiseShipCenters


Established in 1987, Expedia CruiseShipCenters is North America's leading team of cruise vacation specialists with a network of 130 retail locations and over 3,000 Cruise Consultants. The company has earned numerous awards for franchising, marketing and technology and its sales leadership with every major cruise line. For more information, please visit

Expedia, is a registered trademark of Expedia, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other logos or product and company names mentioned herein may be the property of their respective owners. © 2010 Expedia, Inc. All rights reserved. CST # 2029030-540

For more information about Expedia CruiseShipCenters please contact: John Felice, Vice President Corporate Communications, Expedia CruiseShipCenters; Tel: 1-877-398-9090; E-mail:



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