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Norwegian Escape sails from Hamburg for the first time in October 2015

The American shipping company Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) took the opportunity of a press conference at ITB Berlin 2015 in Berlin to present its preview brochure listing the highlights of its programme of cruises for the April 2016 to April 2017 season. The focus was on the company’s European routes, once again with four ships in European waters in the summer of 2016. In addition to the Norwegian Star, Norwegian Jade and Norwegian Spirit, the Norwegian Epic will also be in service. This ship, which is based in Europe throughout the year, is currently the largest of the 13 vessels that currently comprise the NCL fleet. “It will be replaced in this category next October by the Norwegian Escape, which can carry up to 4,200 passengers and will be beginning a cruise from Hamburg for the first time in the 48-year history of the company, before crossing the Atlantic in November to its home port of Miami”, reports Kevin Bubolz, Director Business Planning and Marketing Europe for NCL. The Norwegian Escape will then commence regular, year-round cruising in the Caribbean from its base in Florida. Starting in 2017 three new ships will be joining the NCL fleet at annual intervals from the Meyer shipyard in Papenburg, Lower Saxony.
Jürgen Stille, Director Business Development Continental Europe, emphasized that the close links between NCL and travel agencies is an important marketing channel: “Our Partners First programme represents a commitment to strengthening the business conducted through travel agencies, and an assurance that we intend to develop marketing partnerships and make long term investments to ensure mutual, commercial success.” As well as attractive sales commissions, the other incentives include the opportunity to be allocated the first berths on the brand new Norwegian Escape next October.      Robert Kluge
Hall 25/160
Press contact: Steffi von Landenberg
tel.: +49 (0) 176 811 865 81

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