Norwegian Recognizes Top Travel Partners: Names World Travel Holdings 2013 Elite Agency of the Year
Avoya Travel/American Express, CruiseOne & Cruises Inc., Cruise Planners/American Express, Tourico and Virtuoso also take top honors
Miami - Jan 07, 2014
Norwegian Cruise Line has named Wilmington, Massachusetts-based World Travel Holdings (WTH), its 2013 Elite Agency of the Year. World Travel Holdings was selected for this top honor based on their ongoing commitment to the success of Norwegian Cruise Line, their overall revenue, continued growth, and loyalty to Norwegian's brand.
Norwegian Cruise Line also recognized the following travel partners in six other categories:
-Home-Based Agency of the Year: CruiseOne/Cruises Inc. of Wilmington, Massachusetts;
-Franchise Agency of the Year: Cruise Planners/American Express of Coral Springs, FL;
-Retail Agency of the Year: Tourico of Altamonte Springs, FL;
-Consortia Partner of the Year: Virtuoso of Seattle, WA; and
-Online Agency of the Year: Avoya Travel/American Express of Vista, CA;
"Congratulations to this year's top agencies. Our highly-valued travel partners are the key to the ongoing success of Norwegian Cruise Line. We appreciate the committment, dedication and passion they have for our brand and applaud them for all of their hard work in 2013," said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line's president and chief executive officer. "In 2013, we expanded on our Partners First philosophy and will remain committed to putting our travel partners first in 2014 by constantly looking for ways to stregnthen our relationships by constantly striving to make it as easy to do business with us as possible.V
"It is an incredible honor to be recognized as the Elite Travel Agency of the Year for one of the largest cruise lines in the industry for the third year in a row," said David Crooks, SVP of Product and Operations. "We are also proud to receive the Homebased Partner of the Year award. Winning both awards not only is a great testament to the strong partnership we have with Norwegian Cruise Line but it also confirms the innovative ways in which we work together. We would also like to recognize Norwegian Cruise Line for their tremendous product improvements, in addition to their new and exciting ships, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway. These ships have uplifted not only the brand and overall perception of Norwegian Cruise Line, but the entire cruise industry as a whole. We also remain grateful to Norwegian Cruise Line for their support and advocacy of the travel agent community, as demonstrated through their Partners First program. We look forward to continuing this great partnership in 2014 and beyond."
As a show of appreciation, World Travel Holdings receives the opportunity to sail in one of the largest and most luxurious accommodations at sea, Norwegian's luxurious Garden Villas, located within The Haven by Norwegian, Norwegian's exclusive ship-within-a-ship suite complex. All of the other winners will receive a seven-day cruise for two in a balcony stateroom.
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 12 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 took delivery of its most innovative ship to date, the 4,000-passenger Norwegian Breakaway on April 25, 2013 and was named "Best New Ship" by the editors of Cruise Critic and received six gold Travel Weekly Magellan Awards including the Contemporary, Large Cruise Ship and Pool Design categories. Known as New York's ship, Norwegian Breakaway is the largest vessel to homeport year-round in the city and includes hull art by legendary artist Peter Max; seafood restaurant Ocean Blue by famed New York Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian; bakery by Buddy Valastro, star of the TLC series "Cake Boss;" and fitness classes and a retrospective display from the ship's iconic godmothers, the Rockettes®. The entertainment lineup includes three Broadway shows: Rock of Ages, Burn the Floor and Cirque Dreams™ & Dinner: Jungle Fantasy.
Sister ship Norwegian Getaway, currently under construction at Meyer Werft, will be the largest ship to homeport year-round in Miami and will sail Eastern Caribbean voyages beginning in February. The Company also has two larger vessels on order: Norwegian Escape with delivery scheduled in the fall of 2015; and Norwegian Bliss with delivery in the spring of 2017.
The Company's largest ship, the 4,100 passenger Norwegian Epic has been named "Best Overall Cruise Ship" by the readers of Travel Weekly two years in a row and "Best Ship for Sea Days" by Cruise Critic.
Norwegian Cruise Line is the official cruise line of the Miami Dolphins/Sun Life Stadium, 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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