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Norwegian Sun and Norwegian Star to Receive First Simultaneous Cruise Ship Christening.

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MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 19, 2001

E! Entertainment Star Brooke Burke and Miss America Angela Perez

Baraquio to Perform Historic Dual Christening

Two of America's brightest new personalities will team to christen Norwegian Cruise Line's (NCL) brightest new ships in a historic christening ceremony taking place in Miami on November 17, 2001. Brooke Burke, popular host of E! Entertainment Television's "Wild On" and reigning Miss America Angela Perez Baraquio will act as the godmothers of NCL's first ships purpose-built for the groundbreaking Freestyle Cruising concept -- the 78,309-ton Norwegian Sun and the 91,000-ton Norwegian Star, respectively -- in what will be the first simultaneous christening on record of two commercial passenger vessels. The inaugural festivities will take place at the Port of Miami's Piers 1, 2 and 3 with the ships positioned bow to bow.

Brooke Burke is a well-traveled celebrity host of "Wild On" taking her to such exotic, adventuresome, and far-flung places as Spain, the Mayan Riviera, Belize and Aruba. Known for her stunning beauty and bubbly personality, Burke is a major reason why "Wild On" is one of cable television's hottest shows. She has also appeared on national television commercials and recently hosted NCL's Freestyle Cruising video as well as other upcoming NCL promotional activities.

Miss America 2001 Angela Perez Baraquio is a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, which will be the year-round homeport for Norwegian Star. A graduate of the University of Hawaii - Manoa, Miss America adopted a platform stressing character in the classroom and has traveled approximately 20,000 miles a month urging students, educators, parents and communities at large to make character education a part of their daily lives.

According to Colin Veitch, president and chief executive officer of NCL, both women embody the distinctive spirit of Freestyle Cruising. "Both Brooke and Miss America represent the independence and enthusiasm that is evident in Freestyle Cruising," Veitch said. "They are two of America's shining young stars and will make wonderful godmothers for two brand new ships packed full of energy and fun."

Delivered to NCL in August, the 78,309-ton, 1,936-passenger Norwegian Sun offers a choice of nine different restaurants, including 10 distinctive menus every evening; larger staterooms; and a new category - mini suites with balconies. Seventy percent of all staterooms are outside cabins.

The 2,240-passenger Norwegian Star will be NCL's largest ship at 91,000 tons and is built at the maximum size to fit through the Panama Canal. Norwegian Star will feature more dining options than any other ship in the North American market offering passengers the flexibility of 10 different restaurants and 11 different menus every night.

Unlike anything on any other vessel today, a steel and glass structure on top of Norwegian Star, aft from the main sundeck, will boast a fantasy-world complex of multi-room villas offering panoramic views of the ocean, each with a roof terrace and private Japanese garden featuring open-air dining, Jacuzzis, and totally private sunning and relaxation areas. With each villa reaching almost 5,350 square feet, they will be the largest afloat.

"We are very excited about our new ships, which will help even more people discover the freedom and style of Freestyle Cruising," Veitch said. "But we are additionally excited to work with such energetic and engaging women like Brooke and Angela. They symbolize a new generation of modern, free-spirited achievers who also happen to brighten the lives of everyone around them."

Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line is an international cruise company and industry innovator that currently operates a fleet of nine ships sailing to more than 200 ports around the world. NCL is currently building Norwegian Dawn, a 2,200-passenger sister ship to Norwegian Star for delivery in December 2002.

For further information on NCL, contact a travel agent or NCL in the U.S. and Canada at (800) 327-7030; in Miami-Dade County, Florida, (305) 436-0866; visit NCL's web site at http://www.ncl.com; or on AOL at keyword: NCL; or to download high resolution photography visit http://www.ncl.com/hires. Photos of Brooke Burke and Miss America are available on the NCL Web site at http://www.ncl.com/hires.
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