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Norwegian Cruise Line Reconfirms Commitment To Philadelphia
Line Returns for Sixth Season and Adds New Ship and Itinerary
Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has announced that it will return to Philadelphia in 2008 and will add a series of Canada/New England sailings, in addition to its traditional Bermuda route. Also, for the first time, its Norwegian Majesty will sail from the Port of Philadelphia and Camden.
NCL will make ten sailings in 2008. Beginning August 30, 2008, the Majesty will make five seven-day trips to Bermuda, calling at St. George. On October 4 it begins five weekly trips to Canada/New England, sailing two different itineraries. The first departs Philadelphia and sails to Halifax, Bar Harbor, Bay of Fundy/St. John, Boston and back to Philadelphia. The second departs Philadelphia and sails to Bay of Fundy, Halifax, Bar Harbor, Boston and back to Philadelphia.
The Majesty was built in 1992 and refurbished in 1998. It accommodates 1,462 passengers and offers amenities such as Freestyle dining, a variety of onboard fitness, spa and entertainment offerings.
“We are pleased that NCL has decided to return to Philadelphia for its sixth straight season and has diversified its itineraries,” said John J. Matheussen, CEO of the DRPA, the parent agency of the Port of Philadelphia and Camden. “This will allow us to offer consumers in the Philadelphia region more options when booking a cruise.”
Adds Kate McNamara, Director of the Port of Philadelphia and Camden, “This is the first time that we have announced a cruise schedule so early in the current season. Our hope is that this will give potential passengers the chance to pre-book and plan their trips in advance.”
For information on cruising from Philadelphia or special pre- and post-cruise packages, visit www.cruisephilly.com
or call (856) 968-2052. For more information about travel to Philadelphia, call the new Independence Visitor Center, located in Independence National Historical Park, at
(800) 537-7676, or visit www.gophila.com
The Philadelphia Cruise Terminal at Pier 1 is operated by the Port of Philadelphia and Camden, a department of the Delaware River Port Authority. DRPA also owns and operates the Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross bridges, the PATCO High Speed Line, and the RiverLink Ferry.
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