Melania Trump Christens World’s Largest, Most Luxurious Gem – NCL’s Norwegian Jewel

MIAMI, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ — Tonight, at an official ceremony at the Port of Miami, Melania Trump christened the world’s largest gem, NCL’s Norwegian Jewel. The newest vessel in NCL’s Freestyle Cruising fleet, Norwegian Jewel boasts a luxurious suite complex plus 10 distinct restaurants, 13 bars and lounges, three swimming pools and a state-of-the-art spa.

The evening ceremony included presentations by Star Cruises Chairman Tan Sri KT Lim, President and CEO of NCL Corporation Colin Veitch and the ship’s Godmother Melania Trump. Additionally, NCL’s talented cast of singers and dancers performed various vignettes to celebrate Norwegian Jewel’s diverse ports of call in the Caribbean, Europe, the Mediterranean, Egypt and Greek Isles.

“We are so proud to present our newest ship to the world, and we are privileged to have such an iconic beauty as Melania Trump serve as her Godmother,” said Star Cruises Chairman Tan Sri KT Lim. “As NCL’s fourth purpose-built ship for Freestyle Cruising, Norwegian Jewel is our newest, most innovative masterpiece and we’re extremely excited to see her shine.”

“Norwegian Jewel is truly setting a new standard for cruise accommodations across the industry,” said Colin Veitch, president and CEO of NCL Corporation. “Her Garden Villas and Courtyard Villas are a new brand luxury offering and she is the first ship in the industry to offer this exclusive class of accommodations.”

“I am honored NCL selected me to christen Norwegian Jewel and to serve as her Godmother,” said Melania Trump. “At 93,502 gross tons, she is by far the largest, most luxurious Jewel I have ever seen and is absolutely stunning.”

Norwegian Jewel features 10 Courtyard Villas – which along with the ship’s two Garden Villas – make up the largest, grandest, most luxurious, most innovative suite complex at sea. The suite complex boasts a private courtyard and sundeck and both Courtyard and Garden Villa guests have a concierge lounge available to them. Dedicated butlers offer continental breakfast, refreshments all day, canapes and drinks before dinner and a concierge available around the clock to take care of all arrangements both on and off the ship.

The vessel also features the most versatile, family-friendly accommodations afloat as well as an array of amenities including 10 restaurants, three swimming pools, a contemporary spa and more. Additionally, Norwegian Jewel features a new concept for NCL – a “Bar Central” – featuring a martini bar, a champagne and wine bar, and a beer and whisky pub all connected but with three distinct personalities, plus 10 other bars and lounges for passengers to enjoy.

Norwegian Jewel will sail Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries out of Miami through April 2006. Eastern Caribbean sailings call in San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. John’s, Antigua; St. Thomas, USVI and NCL’s Private Island, Great Stirrup Cay. Western Caribbean itineraries will call at Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Georgetown, Grand Cayman and Roatan, Honduras. Norwegian Jewel will spend summer of 2006 in Europe sailing Mediterranean, Egypt and Greek Isles itineraries.

NCL Corporation (“NCL”) is an innovative cruise company headquartered in Miami, Florida, with a fleet of 15 ships in service and under construction. The corporation oversees the operations of Norwegian Cruise Line, NCL America, and Orient Lines. The company is currently building three ships, including one more for the NCL America brand in Hawai’i – Pride of Hawai’i (delivery in April 2006), and two further Norwegian Jewel class ships are scheduled for delivery in 2007.

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