From a mega ship to small luxury cruises
Yesterday I had a real meeting day in town that went on the cruise signs!
First, I met two representatives from Norwegian Cruise Line; Nick Wilkinson, Director of Business Development for UK, Ireland and Scandinavia (second to the right in the image above) in association with his Swedish counterpart Andreas Söderqvist (left to the left in the image above).
We discussed everything from my last two NCL cruises this winter (Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Epic) to what's happening this summer in the Mediterranean and the news aboard the new ship Norwegian Escape which will be in October.
Norwegian Cruise Line's fleet consists of the entire 14 ship (15 from October 2015) but none is older than 16 years (the oldest is Norwegian Sky, built 1999).
Newest is the Norwegian Getaway that is part of the Breakaway class with a capacity of 3963 passengers. Escape is getting bigger and is the first ship in the new Breakaway Plus class that continues to grow under 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Nick Wilkinson pointed out that NCL was the first with several concepts in the industry that others later hung on and embraced; private island, chocoholic nights and last but not least freestyle cruising - what is today most distinguished for the Norwegian Cruise Line shipping company.
Freestyle cruising means that the guest has total flexibility and freedom of choice; You have no fixed dinner sets or a fixed table, but you can choose yourself when you want to eat, at which table / with which you want to sit and you do not have to follow a certain dress code.
The next item on the agenda was an event of luxury cruises at the Globetrotter travel agency specializing in cruises. Seafun was alone from the media to watch the event this afternoon! As the theme was luxury, it was obviously both bubbly and a delicious afternoon tea buffet.
Globetrotter had also arranged a mini fair with the exhibiting companies, and a very efficient and well-executed series of mini-presentations where a representative from each shipping company briefly briefed on what they stood for and could offer.
The shipping companies that were in place were Azamara Club Cruises, Cunard, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, SeaCloud Cruises, Seabourn, Silversea and SeaDream. Although everyone offers luxurious experiences, they are a bit different.
It may be worthwhile to click on Globetrotter's website every now and then, they always have great deals with the shipping companies they represent, which can involve everything from discounts to cab category upgrades, money to spend on board, drinks packs included in the purchase and more.
Finally, former CEO Anders Svensson thanked everyone present for their confidence over the years; After 24's impressive year as CEO of Globetrotter, he now leaves the rudder to Jan Josefsson. But even though Anders told him that he is looking forward to having more time for home and garden, he hardly learns to let go of the cruise world!
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