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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1/24/2003

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE ADDS CHARLESTON

Norwegian Majesty set to sail a series of 24 seven-day cruises

January 24, 2003 - Today, Norwegian Cruise Line announced that it would add Charleston, South Carolina to its rapidly expanding Homeland Cruising program. Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) will redeploy the Norwegian Majesty to the popular Southern city beginning Saturday, November 8, 2003. She will sail a series of 24 seven-day cruises to the Western Caribbean calling on George Town, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Mexico and Key West, Florida.

This full season of seven-day Caribbean cruises is the most expansive ever offered from the Port of Charleston demonstrating the commitment of NCL to expanding Homeland Cruising into new and innovative ports throughout the US and Canada. By offering these new cruises out of Charleston, NCL can cater to drive markets in nearby cities such as Greenville and Columbia, South Carolina; Asheville, Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte, North Carolina; and Atlanta, Augusta and Savannah, Georgia.

With the addition of Charleston, NCL's popular Homeland Cruising program expands to 13 ports from which cruisers can go Freestyle Cruising.

"Our Homeland Cruising program keeps growing because it has really struck a chord with our travel partners and their clients," said Colin Veitch, chief executive officer and president of Norwegian Cruise Line. " Charleston is a vibrant, beautiful city and an ideal location on the East Coast for Norwegian Majesty, a favorite with NCL passengers."

"The Port of Charleston is excited about the opportunity to serve the Norwegian Majesty and the passengers that she will attract to our city," said Bernard S. Groseclose, Jr., president & CEO of South Carolina State Ports Authority. " Charleston is a world-class city and will be a perfect fit with NCL, which is clearly a world-class cruise line. NCL's commitment to Charleston is a welcome boost to the Charleston economy."

Following is Norwegian Majesty's new itinerary:

Day

Port

Arrive

Depart

Saturday

Charleston, South Carolina

 

4 pm

Sunday

At Sea

   

Monday

At Sea

   

Tuesday

George Town, Grand Cayman

7 am

3 pm

Wednesday

Cozumel, Mexico

10 am

6 pm

Thursday

Key West, Florida

3 pm

10 pm

Friday

 

At Sea

 

Saturday

Charleston, South Carolina

8 am

 

The 1,462-passenger Norwegian Majesty is one of NCL's 10 Freestyle Cruising ships and features six restaurants, The Palace Theatre, an Internet Café, Body Waves spa and fitness center, the Monte Carlo Casino and the Kids Korner children's center.

For further information on NCL, contact a travel agent or NCL in the U.S. and Canada at (800) 327-7030; in Miami-Dade County, Fla., (305) 436-0866; visit NCL's web site at www.ncl.com; or on AOL at keyword: NCL; or to download high resolution photography visit www.ncl.com/hires.