Nor­we­gian Cruise Line re­turns to Malta af­ter eight-year ab­sence

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The world’s lead­ing cruise com­pany, Nor­we­gian Cruise Line will next year be de­ploy­ing one of its ves­sels back in Malta, fol­low­ing an ab­sence of eight years. Em­bel­lish­ing the his­toric Val­letta har­bour, NCL’s newly re­fur­bished Nor­we­gian Spirit shall be start­ing and end­ing cruises from the Is­land. This was an­nounced to­day dur­ing a press con­fer­ence on its sis­ter ship the NCL Nor­we­gian Star berthed at the Val­letta Water­front.

The Nor­we­gian Spirit would be of­fer­ing four dif­fer­ent itin­er­ar­ies rang­ing from 9 to 12-night cruises as from 15 June with the last de­par­ture from Malta be­ing on the 9th of Oc­to­ber.

Clients would be spoiled for choice since the var­i­ous fas­ci­nat­ing ports to be vis­ited range from the Western Mediter­ranean, East Mediter­ranean and Greece, and the Adri­atic in­clud­ing Croa­tia and Slove­nia. A new con­cept be­ing in­tro­duced next year by NCL is the all-In­clu­sive bev­er­age pack­age which dur­ing these last years has be­come highly suc­cess­ful and pop­u­lar with the Mal­tese hol­i­day­maker.

The Nor­we­gian Spirit with a dis­place­ment of 76,000 tons can carry over 2000 pas­sen­gers in the lux­u­ri­ous cab­ins. The din­ing op­tions are unique for the cruise in­dus­try - be­sides the two main din­ing rooms, The Gar­den Room and the Win­dows, one can be pam­pered at some other spe­cial­ity restau­rants such as: NCL’s Amer­i­can style steak­house - the fa­mous Cag­ney’s, the fine French cui­sine at Le Bistro, the Asian Shogun & Sushi Bar, La Trat­to­ria Pizze­ria and the fas­ci­nat­ing Ja­panese style Tep­pa­nyaki, plus the 24-hour Blue La­goon Food Court which of­fers a wide va­ri­ety of snacks.

The Min­is­ter for Tourism Dr Ed­ward Zam­mit Lewis wel­comed the re­turn of Nor­we­gian Cruise Line to Malta as from 2017 with an itin­er­ary of reg­u­lar calls through­out the sea­son. He thanked all the stake­hold­ers in­volved in mak­ing this re­turn a re­al­ity, par­tic­u­larly NCL Vice Pres­i­dent Mr Fran­cis Ri­ley for his de­ter­mi­na­tion to make this hap­pen.

Dr Zam­mit Lewis reaf­firmed Gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to­wards boost­ing all ef­forts to con­tinue mak­ing Malta’s cruise in­dus­try a suc­cess. He said that he looked for­ward to 2017 when an ab­so­lute record of 700,000 cruise line pas­sen­gers are ex­pected.

Orange Travel Group Ltd is Malta’s largest travel busi­ness and has of­fices in Turkey, Tu­nisia, Jor­dan and Cyprus. More in­for­ma­tion about NCL’s Malta-to-Malta cruises can be ob­tained from Orange’s pre­ferred part­ner - SMS Mon­dial, lo­cated in Val­letta, B’Kara, Ham­run, Paola, Sliema and Gozo, or from lead­ing travel agen­cies.

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