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Norwegian Jewel to Become Newest Gem in NCL Fleet

MIAMI, FL, June 30, 2004 – Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) today announced the name of its new ship, Norwegian Jewel, and details of her deployment. The ship will sail in two of the industry’s biggest cruise markets – the Caribbean out of Miami and Alaska out of Seattle.

The 92,000-ton Norwegian Jewel will be the company’s fourth purpose-built ship for Freestyle Cruising and will feature 10 restaurants, dynamic public rooms, two Garden Villas and a brand new style of accommodations – the addition of 10 courtyard villas with a private courtyard and sundeck on deck 14. Both courtyard and garden villa guests will have a concierge lounge available to them. Dedicated butlers will offer continental breakfast, refreshments all day and canapés and drinks before dinner.

“As the next generation of Norwegian Star and Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Jewel represents the new NCL and the next stage in NCL’s rejuvenation,” said Colin Veitch, president and CEO of NCL. “NCL will be sailing a fleet of seven new ships in 2005, out of a total fleet of 11 ships, with 70 percent of NCL’s passengers sailing on new state-of-the-art mega ships.”

Launching in August 2005, Norwegian Jewel will feature all the great attributes of her sisters including their speed, number of restaurants and family-friendly accommodations.

She will commence cruising from Miami in the late summer of 2005, offering a season of seven-day Eastern and Exotic Western Caribbean itineraries before heading west to Alaska in the spring of 2006. This Caribbean season will commence following a series of inaugural events and a 14-night Mediterranean cruise primarily for the European market and a transatlantic crossing out of London. Details of Norwegian Jewel’s Caribbean and Alaska itineraries will be announced shortly as well as beginning sale dates and pricing.

A Dazzling Lineup of Dining Options
Like her sisters, Norwegian Jewel will feature 10 restaurants including passenger favorites such as Cagney’s Steak House, Blue Lagoon and NCL’s signature restaurant, Le Bistro. In addition, Norwegian Jewel will also feature:

  • Tango’s – Tango’s will be a contemporary, brightly colored restaurant to compliment the hot and spicy Latin/Tapas fare. The interior will be decorated with colorful ceramics and mosaics and the carpet will be inspired by the steps of the Tango;
  • Chin Chin – The décor of this Asian restaurant is inspired by the traditional female costumes and dances of the Far East. Tibetan flags will flutter along the railing next to the traditionally carved entrance;
  • Tsar’s Palace – This main restaurant is inspired by the grandeur of the palaces of St. Petersburg and the era of Russian Tsars. White and gold ceilings, green marbled pillars and 24-carat gold-coated chandeliers will adorn this very detailed room. The balustrades around the restaurant are inspired by Faberge eggs;
  • Azura – This main restaurant is inspired by today’s modern boutique hotel designs. The clean-lined, rich timber room will combine blues and purples with orange accents. The signature of this room will be the interpretations of pop art rendered in backlit glass that glow and set the mood for intimate dining;
  • Mama’s Italian Kitchen - This dedicated Italian restaurant will resemble a village Trattoria with a long wooden table running through the center of the room to create the feel of a traditional farmhouse kitchen.

The ship will also include a new concept for NCL – a “Bar Central” -- featuring a martini bar, a champagne and wine bar, and a beer and whisky pub all connected but with three distinct personalities.

Shakers Martini and Cocktail Bar will be a ‘60’s inspired lounge decorated with silhouettes and artwork reflecting the jet set dressed for the cocktail hour.

Magnum’s Champagne and Wine Bar, a French art deco inspired bar, will replicate the feel of 1920’s Paris and the grand old cruise liner, the Normandie, while the back bar will have a champagne-like bubbling, backlit water display.

The third venue in Bar Central will be Maltings Beer and Whiskey Pub, a contemporary bar with low seating and tables along with mood lighting that compliments the backlit artwork themed around whiskey and beer production.

In addition to Bar Central, Norwegian Jewel will feature the Sky High Bar, a beer garden designed to resemble a hot air balloon with sandbags, ropes and a rattan front, and “Fyzz” Cabaret Lounge, inspired by all things spherical and out of space, featuring three private Karaoke rooms.

Gold-Standard Accommodations
Norwegian Jewel will offer an extensive choice of cabins. In fact, while Norwegian Jewel is modeled after Norwegian Star and Norwegian Dawn, NCL has increased the number of cabins from 1112 on Norwegian Dawn to 1188 on Norwegian Jewel, including the addition of 10 penthouse suites sharing a private courtyard, complete with swimming pool, Jacuzzi and a small gym. These suites also share a private sundeck with large two-person sun beds and hammocks. Positioned high atop the vessel, these suites tout sweeping views of the ocean and an impressive assortment of amenities usually found only at five-star land-based resorts.

Like Norwegian Star and Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Jewel will be one of NCL’s largest ships, accommodating 2,400 guests (double capacity) and more than 1,000 crew. The ship will be fitted with pod drives, which substantially improve maneuverability, and will cruise at a maximum speed of 25 knots.

Norwegian Jewel will also feature NCL’s latest standards in cabins, with rich cherry wood finishing, refrigerators, tea and coffee makers in every room, and a much larger bathroom unit than other ships, containing separate WC, shower, and washstand compartments separated by sliding doors in the outside, balcony and suite cabins.

The ship also offers a large number of cabins (including suites and junior-suites) that can interconnect to create a two, three, four or five bedroom area suitable for small or large families.

Amenities That Sparkle
Norwegian Jewel will feature the latest in relaxation and fitness at the contemporary South Pacific-themed Bora Bora Health Spa and Beauty Salon. Mandara Spa, the world’s leading operator of landside resort spas, will operate the spa, pampering NCL guests with an exotic menu of spa and beauty treatments combining the best of East and West.

Norwegian Jewel will offer a new, advanced Internet Café and Photo Gallery with kiosks to print photos from digital cameras as well as the latest laptops, which guests can rent to use around the ship. The ship will also feature NCL’s signature WiFi.

The Sports Deck will contain a basketball, volleyball and tennis court, while the Body Waves Fitness Center will boast state-of-the-art cardiovascular workout equipment – each with its own TV -- aerobic and yoga area with a sprung wooden floor, steam and sauna rooms, a jet-current exercise pool, an indoor lap pool, whirlpool and hydrotherapy pool.

The ship will be particularly family-friendly and feature the Splashdown Kid’s Club and Sapphire Kid’s Pool, a brightly colored facility for children designed with a cute and friendly tropical sea creature theme as well as the Underground Teen’s Club.