Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Kevin Sheehan Named EY Entrepreneur of the Year
Miami - Jun 13, 2014
Norwegian Cruise Line today announced that President and CEO Kevin Sheehan has received the 2014 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in Florida for the Hospitality and Leisure category. Sheehan accepted the award during a gala ceremony held last evening at the Hilton Orlando. Sheehan was selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous award recipients, leading CEOs and other regional business leaders.
"It is truly an honor to be recognized by EY with this prestigious award," said Sheehan. "But it is the hard work, passion and dedication of Norwegian's 25,000 shipboard and shore side team members that made this award possible. I am extremely fortunate to lead such an incredible team dedicated to delivering the vacation of a lifetime to our guests."
Greg Rosica, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Florida program partner, emphasized that this award program recognizes high-growth entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
Sheehan joined Norwegian as CEO in 2008 with a vision to take the company from good to great with a bold vision of becoming the cruise line of choice for guests, travel partners, investors and employees. Norwegian now leads the industry in various metrics, including net yield, a metric of revenue per berth, and return on invested capital. In 2013, Norwegian completed a successful initial public offering. The company also recently introduced two game-changing vessels, Norwegian Breakaway in April 2013 and Norwegian Getaway in January 2014.
Sheehan is now entered into the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National awards which will take place in Palm Springs, Calif., on November 15, 2014, as part of the EY Strategic Growth Forum ®, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.
About Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 47-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising, most notably with the introduction of Freestyle Cruising which revolutionized the industry by giving guests more freedom and flexibility. Today, Norwegian invites guests to "Cruise Like a Norwegian" on one of 13 purpose-built Freestyle Cruising ships, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed, resort style cruise vacation on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea. Recently, the line was named "Europe's Leading Cruise Line" for the sixth consecutive year, as well as "Caribbean's Leading Cruise Line" and "World's Leading Large Ship Cruise Line" by the World Travel Awards.
The Company recently took delivery of its most innovative ship to date, the 4,000-passenger Norwegian Getaway on January 10, 2014. The largest ship to homeport year-round in Miami, Norwegian Getaway boasts 28 dining options, including seafood restaurant Ocean Blue by famed New York Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian and a branch of Carlo's Bake Shop by Buddy Valastro, star of the TLC series "Cake Boss." The entertainment lineup includes Broadway shows Legally Blonde and Burn the Floor and a unique magical theatrical experience, the Illusionarium. Norwegian Getaway's sister ship, Norwegian Breakaway, was named "Best New Ship of 2013" by the editors of Cruise Critic and "Best Rookie Cruise Ship" by the readers of Travel Weekly. Known as New York's ship, Norwegian Breakaway is the largest vessel to homeport year-round in the city. The Company has two 4,200-passenger vessels on order at Meyer Werft: Norwegian Escape with delivery scheduled in October 2015; and Norwegian Bliss with delivery in February 2017.
Norwegian Cruise Line is the official cruise line of the Miami Dolphins/Sun Life Stadium, The New York Knicks, Blue Man Group and Legends in Concert; and the official cruise line partner of The GRAMMY Awards and is an official partner of the Rockettes and Radio City Music Hall.
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