Norwegian Hits the NY$E

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A big change is coming to Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

Pending a shift from the Nasdaq Global Select Market to the New York Stock Exchange, ordinary shares of the parent corporation to Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises are anticipated to make the switch on December 19, 2017, while remaining under the existing “NCLH” ticker symbol.

“We are pleased to partner with the New York Stock Exchange as the new home for our stock listing and look forward to joining the collection of preeminent companies listed on the exchange,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, in a press release.

“This move marks the latest initiative in our continuous drive to increase our Company’s profile in the marketplace and enhance shareholder value by drawing on the NYSE’s unique competencies and capabilities which make it the ideal listing platform for our Company. We are grateful for the support Nasdaq has provided us over the last five years since our successful IPO and our inclusion in the prestigious Nasdaq-100.”

Until the transfer is finalized, Norwegian will continue to be traded on Nasdaq.

“We are delighted to welcome Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings to the NYSE community,” said NYSE President, Tom Farley, in the release.

“As the operator of three award-winning cruise brands — Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises — Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has been creating treasured vacation memories for its guests for over 50 years. We are committed to a long-term partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and its shareholders and look forward to being a valued partner in the company’s future growth by providing the highest quality markets and services.”

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Radio star Elvis Duran named Norwegian Bliss godfather

Norwegian Bliss godfather Elvis Duran speaking at an event Wednesday. Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Andy Stuart looks on. Photo Credit: Rebecca TobinNEW YORK — Radio personality Elvis Duran, who hosts the popular “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show,” will be the godfather of the upcoming Norwegian Bliss.

Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Andy Stuart presented Duran to a group of trade partners and media at an event here.

Duran said it was an honour to be named the ship’s godfather. “We are so excited to partner with Norwegian Cruise Line,” he said.

Duran’s syndicated show is broadcast on nearly 80 stations, including top 40 station Z100 in New York, where the Elvis Duran team is based. The show also is available digitally on IHeartRadio, and it reaches more than 10 million listeners a month, Norwegian said.

“Over the next year-and-a-half at least, we’ve made a pledge to our listeners to include them in every aspect of our exploration of the Norwegian Bliss, inviting them to be a part of it,” Duran said.

The Norwegian Bliss, which will spend its summers sailing Alaska cruises from Seattle, enters service in April.

Andy Stuart on naming the Norwegian Bliss’ godfather

Norwegian Cruise Line unveils next-generation app

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Norwegian Cruise Line said the newest version of its mobile app is now available on the Norwegian Sky.

Called Cruise Norwegian, the app succeeds the current iConcierge app. The new app enables passengers to make reservations for shows, shore excursions and alternative restaurants, and purchase beverage or speciality dining packages. The app is also useful for finding one’s way around Norwegian Cruise Line ships.

On embarkation day, the app will save time by allowing for paperless boarding, Norwegian said.

Onboard, passengers connect to the ship’s WiFi and can call or send text messages to others in their party for a one-time fee of $9.95. Calls can be made off the ship through the app for 79 cents a minute.

Groups can organize meetups and share their favourite photos with everyone in their party with group messaging through the app. Passengers can also review their onboard account.

The new app will be available on the Norwegian Bliss when it launches next summer and will be available fleetwide by the end of next year.