Saturday, March 24, 2012

Norwegian Cruise Line Welcomes Nickelodeon Aboard Norwegian Gem

Norwegian Cruise Line welcomed Nickelodeon aboard Norwegian Gem yesterday, giving guests the opportunity to cruise with SpongeBob, Patrick, Dora the Explorer and Diego, among other favorite Nickelodeon characters. The new Nickelodeon experiences on Norwegian Gem include some of the popular family events, shows and activities that were first introduced in April 2010 on Norwegian Jewel and in July 2010 on Norwegian Epic, plus an exciting line up of new experiences.

Each cruise features Nickelodeon’s all-new Pajama Jam Character Breakfast. Upon arriving in the Spinnaker Lounge, guests, who are encouraged to wear their pajamas, are greeted with a goody bag filled with surprises and props for use during the event. Donning their pajamas, Team Nick and the rest of the gang sing and dance while families enjoy their morning meal. Each child attending the breakfast receives a complimentary, keepsake photograph.

Splash Mobs add a whole new element of surprise, bringing a new energy and excitement to the ship. These spontaneous, impromptu games are fun for the whole family with pies, slime and other surprises.

Additional elements include Dora’s Dance Party, where children ages six and younger have the chance to sing and dance to their favorite songs with Dora the Explorer and Team Nick; Nickelodeon Character Meet and Greets; Nick Jr. Story Time and Nickelodeon arts and crafts.

Families can enjoy all of these exciting events as Norwegian Gem sails a series of seven-day Bahamas & Florida voyages from New York City through September 1, 2012. Ports of call include Orlando and the Beaches (Port Canaveral), Florida ; Great Stirrup Cay (Norwegian’s private island) and Nassau , Bahamas , as well as three relaxing days at sea. From September 8 through October 10, 2012, Norwegian Gem will sail 10-day Eastern Canada & Quebec cruises, followed by a series of nine-day Eastern Caribbean voyages.

Families can also experience Nickelodeon on board Norwegian Jewel and Norwegian Epic. Norwegian Jewel currently sails seven-day Bahamas & Florida voyages from New York City through April 21, 2012. From May 19, 2012 through September, 22, 2012, the ship will sail seven-day Alaska cruises from Seattle . This exciting itinerary includes calls in Ketchikan , Juneau , Skagway and Victoria , British Columbia . Norwegian Epic sails from Miami on seven-day cruises to Eastern Caribbean through April 7, 2012, calling on Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas , U.S. Virgin Islands; and Nassau , Bahamas . On April 14, 2012, Norwegian Epic will embark on an 11-day transatlantic sailing to Europe; and from April 29, 2012 through October 14, 2012, the ship will sail a series of seven-day Western Mediterranean Cruises from Barcelona , Spain . Ports of call include Naples , Italy ; Rome , Italy ; Florence/Pisa, Italy , Nice , France ; and Provence , France, some of Europe ’s most spectacular destinations.

Norwegian recently announced the revitalization of its youth program to better meet the needs of the growing family vacation market. The new program is launching on Norwegian Gem concurrently with the introduction of Nickelodeon. Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Star, Norwegian Dawn and Norwegian Epic will be outfitted with the new youth program by the end of May and Norwegian Pearl, Jade, Sky, Sun, Spirit and Pride of America by the beginning of September.

Further information on Norwegian’s family offerings can be found on the line’s website. Families wanting to book a cruise on Norwegian to a variety of family-friendly destinations such as the Caribbean, Bermuda , Alaska , Europe and more, should contact a travel professional, call 866-234-7350 or visit

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 32nd year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 17 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).

About Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 45-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 invites consumers to “Cruise Like a Norwegian” on one of its 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, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, on order for delivery in April 2013 and April 2014.

Norwegian’s largest and most innovative Freestyle Cruising ship, Norwegian Epic, debuted in June 2010 and has been named “Best Overall Cruise Ship” by the readers of Travel Weekly. 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, Second City® Comedy Troupe, 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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