Norwegian Cruise Line berths in Hong Kong

first_imgNorwegian Cruise Lines berths in Hong KongNorwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (Nasdaq: NCLH) today celebrated the opening of the company’s first office in Hong Kong and appointment of a dedicated local team to drive forward the regional growth for the company’s three brands – the contemporary freestyle cruising brand, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), the upper-premium cruise line, Oceania Cruises (OCI) and the all-inclusive luxury line, Regent Seven Sea Cruises (RSSC).The new Hong Kong office represents a major base of operations in support of the three brands and features key sales and marketing functions and a dedicated contact center to serve travel agents across the region. The service recognizes that travel agent partners are uniquely placed to support and capitalize on NCLH’s growth in the region.The commitment in Hong Kong is further deepened by the return of its contemporary premium brand, Norwegian Cruise Lines, to Asia for the first time since 2002.Norwegian Star will make the city a seasonal homeport with its maiden call in December 2016 and offer 4 sailings till January 2017. With the city’s position as a top tourist destination, Hong Kong is a leading choice for cruise passengers and strategically located for short and long voyage itineraries.Coinciding with today’s celebration, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Voyager arrived in Hong Kong today as part of her North Asian sojourn, which commenced in Tokyo and will end in Beijing later this month.Supported by the company’s new Asia Pacific headquarters in Sydney, Australia (opened November 2015), the Hong Kong office will be led by cruise industry expert Steve Odell, Senior Vice President and Managing Director Asia Pacific for NCLH.His leadership team with decades of local industry experience and a thorough understanding of the needs and wants of the Hong Kong traveler include Felix Chan, Vice President of Sales – Asia, NCL; Winnie Chan, Senior Director of Sales – Asia, OCI and RSSC and Dorothy Mak, Vice President – Marketing, Asia for NCLH.“Asia is an increasingly important market for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, with cruise tourism in the region growing at double-digit rates, demand increasing from both cruise passengers from Hong Kong and the rest of Asia, and international travellers seeking to experience Asian destinations,” said Mr. Odell.“With this new office, we will be able to better support our travel partners, forge new mutually-beneficially partnerships, and provide our valued Hong Kong guests a range of enhanced services, for passengers seeking cruise holiday experiences across the spectrum – from contemporary to luxury and short sailings to world voyages.”Currently operating 22 ships comprising approximately 45,000 lower berths and visiting more than 510 destinations, NCLH will introduce five new ships across its three brands over the next three years and invest US$25 million on fleet enhancements to further elevate the on-board experience.New builds include the first in Norwegian Cruise Line’s new Breakaway Plus class, Norwegian Escape – launched late last year heralding the rise of a new premium-contemporary cruise segment, plus three new ships to be built by 2019 including the recently announced dedicated build for China – Norwegian Joy; Oceania Cruises new Sirena delivering The Finest Cuisine at SeaTM; and Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ highly anticipated Seven Seas Explorer, the most luxurious ship ever builtTM – featuring the largest and most luxurious, all-suite, all-balcony accommodations at sea.Across its three brands, from March 2016 to April 2017, NCLH’s fleet will sail 45 itineraries throughout Asia. Ports of call include exciting destinations across Asia Pacific including Hong Kong, Singapore, Xiamen, Shanghai, Tianjin (Beijing), Jeju, Incheon, Kyoto (Kobe), Nagasaki, Okinawa (Naha), Tokyo, Mumbai, Yangon and Colombo amongst others.The Asian expansion is further supported by opening of offices in the key cities of Tokyo, Singapore, Mumbai, and New Delhi with a new regional headquarters in Sydney. Norwegian Cruise LineSource = Norwegian Cruise Linelast_img read more

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