SOURCE: Expedia


December 14, 2011 09:00 ET

Expedia Cruises to Victory: Norwegian Cruise Line Names "Online Travel Agency of the Year"

BELLEVUE, WA--(Marketwire - Dec 14, 2011) -®, the world's leading online travel agency, today announced that it has been named "Online Travel Agency of the Year" by Norwegian Cruise Line. joins six other companies in being named as "Top Travel Partners" of the cruise industry giant and is the only company named for the online travel agency category.

"Norwegian Cruise Line is a true partner to us in every way, and together we have been able to focus on bringing amazing cruises to our customers. To be recognized with an award for doing work we are passionate about means so much to us," said Joe Megibow, Vice President and General Manager, "Norwegian is an innovator. They have helped to change the industry from one that was relatively straightforward to one that is varied, diverse and endlessly entertaining. At Expedia, we believe that cruises are one of the smartest ways to spend your travel dollar and our investment in expanding the cruise portfolio reflects that belief."

"We are pleased to honor Expedia with our Online Travel Agency of the Year award," said Andy Stuart, Norwegian Cruise Line's Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Passenger Services. "They have clearly demonstrated that they are an amazing partner, embracing our new brand platform with 'Cruise Like a Norwegian' messaging throughout their site and supporting the Norwegian Cruise Line brand across the many promotional platforms they have available."

Modern cruise options are noteworthy for the range of amenities they offer to customers, including world-class entertainment, new and innovative dining options, a thriving nightlife, children's programs and extensive exercise options. Expedia® offers the industry's most robust fleet of cruise options, with cruises available to service every conceivable budget and taste.

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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. 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.

High resolution, downloadable images are available at For further information on Norwegian Cruise Line, visit, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, watch us on YouTube, or contact us in the U.S. and Canada at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784).

About Expedia is the world's leading online travel site, helping millions of travelers per month easily plan and book travel. (, 1-800-EXPEDIA) aims to provide the latest technology and the widest selection of vacation packages, flights, hotels, rental cars, cruises and in-destination activities, attractions, and services. With the Expedia Best Price Guarantee, customers can get the best rates available online for all types of travel.

Expedia and are trademarks or registered trademarks of Expedia, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other logos or product and company names mentioned herein may be the property of their respective owners. © 2011 Expedia, Inc. All rights reserved. CST: 2029030-50

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