Project Breakaway Cruising for Names Contest Finalists
Norwegian Cruise Line Selects Finalist Names for its Two New Ships. Five Finalists Vie to Make Maritime History by Naming Norwegian’s Project Breakaway Ships.
MIAMI – September 7, 2011 – Norwegian Cruise Line (“Norwegian”) has selected five finalist names in its “Norwegian’s Cruising for Names” contest held in conjunction with national newspaper USA Today. The contest that sought names for the cruise line’s two new next generation Freestyle Cruising® ships scheduled for delivery in April 2013 and April 2014 received a record-breaking 230,000 entries over the four-week entry period. The finalist names are (in alphabetical order):
• Norwegian Bliss, first submitted by David Menker of Dallas, Texas;
• Norwegian Breakaway, first submitted by Kimberly Powell of Lafayette, Louisiana;
• Norwegian Escape, first submitted by Joseph Funigiello of Naples, Florida;
• Norwegian Getaway, first submitted by Dennis Hultman of Vienna, Virginia;
• Norwegian Journey, first submitted by Florence Pflaster of Carolina Shores, North Carolina.
“We received an overwhelmingly positive response to our naming contest, showing the passion and enthusiasm cruisers have for our new ships,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian’s chief executive officer. “We thank everyone who took the time to reflect on a name for our ships. It was very challenging to select just five finalists.”
The finalist names were selected by Norwegian because they reflect the innovation of the brand along with the freedom and flexibility of the line’s signature Freestyle Cruising and invoke the feeling that these ships provide a “break” at sea from the stress of everyday life.
The line will announce the two winning names from the five finalists on September 13, 2011. The winners will receive a trip for two to the first ship’s inaugural festivities, including the Christening Ceremony (date/location yet to be determined). The trip includes round-trip coach airfare for two, ground transportation, balcony stateroom accommodations (double occupancy), on-board meals, as well as government taxes and fees.
The contest entry period ran from July 18 to August 14, 2011. According to the official rules, the contestant who was the first in time (according to the date and time stamp on the online submission) to submit a specific name in accordance with the criteria was eligible to be considered as a finalist.
The Project Breakaway ships will each be 144,017 gross tons and will have approximately 4,000 passenger berths. These ships represent an opportunity for the Norwegian guest to “break away” from the routine of work, school, and daily stress, and find a true respite at sea. These new ships will take the best of the best from all of Norwegian’s existing ships drawing on the line’s experience of having launched 10 ships in the past 10 years – starting with Norwegian Star and Sun in 2001 and culminating with the launch of Norwegian Epic in 2010.
Further information on Project Breakaway can be found at www.ncl.com/breakaway.
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 two 4,000-passenger vessels on order for delivery in spring 2013 and spring 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, appearing for the first time at sea on Norwegian Epic, as well as the official cruise line of Legends in Concert, 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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