Norwegian Cruise Line and Nickelodeon today announced the expansion of theirÂ Â exclusive partnership, extending the popular family entertainment andÂ Â programming from two to three ships with the addition of Norwegian Gem,Â Â beginning in February 2012. Nickelodeon-themed family events, shows andÂ Â activities were first introduced in April 2010 on Norwegian Jewel and in JulyÂ Â 2010 on Norwegian Epic.
â€œWeâ€™veÂ Â had tremendous success with the Nickelodeon-themed entertainment and programmingÂ Â to date on Norwegian Epic and Norwegian Jewel,â€ said Kevin Sheehan, NorwegianÂ Â Cruise Lineâ€™s chief executive offer. â€œFamilies are flocking to these ships forÂ Â the unique experience available to them through Nickelodeon.Â Based on thisÂ Â success, we wanted to give more families the opportunity to experience sailingÂ Â with their favorite Nickelodeon characters, so we are pleased to roll out thisÂ Â programming on Norwegian Gem.â€
â€œNickelodeonâ€™sÂ Â entertainment programs on Norwegian have resonated with families around theÂ Â world,â€ said Pam Kaufman, chief marketing officer, Nickelodeon Networks Group.Â Â Â â€œWe look forward to expanding the program and offering even more kids andÂ Â families the opportunity to experience Nickelodeon alongside all the wonderfulÂ Â amenities on Norwegianâ€™s amazing cruise ships.â€
Each NorwegianÂ Â Gem cruise will feature a live Nickelodeon-themed interactive show in the mainÂ Â theater; Nick Live Poolside!, where families can take part in interactive games and activities by the pool;Â Â Breakfast with the Characters, where kids â€“ and adults â€“ can eat, sing and playÂ Â with SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Patrick, Diego and more; Doraâ€™s Dance Party, where kids can joinÂ Â Dora and the Nickelodeon cast to dance and sing along; meet and greets withÂ Â popular Nickelodeon characters, including SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora theÂ Â Explorer and many more. In addition, there are also other family activitiesÂ Â offered, including Nick Jr. Story Time, family trivia and special arts andÂ Â crafts sessions.
NorwegianÂ Â Gem will begin offering Nickelodeon programming year-round beginning on theÂ Â February 19, 2012 cruise, sailing from New York City to the Bahamas & Florida. TheÂ Â ship is sailing a series of seven-day Bahamas & Florida voyages fromÂ Â New York CityÂ Â through September 1, 2012.Â Ports of call include Orlando and the Beaches (Port Canaveral), Florida; Great Stirrup Cay (Norwegianâ€™s private island)Â Â and Nassau,Â Â Bahamas, as wellÂ Â as three relaxing days at sea.
IfÂ Â the kids canâ€™t wait until next February to experience Nickelodeon, NorwegianÂ Â Epic and Norwegian Jewel both already offer the family-friendly programming.Â Â Norwegian EpicÂ Â returns to Miami in time for Thanksgiving Break, sailing the Eastern CaribbeanÂ Â with stops in Phillipsburg, St. Maarten; St.Â Â Thomas, Virgin Islands and Nassau, Bahamas. Norwegian Jewel is currentlyÂ Â sailing from New York City on seven-dayÂ Â Bahamas and Florida cruises, calling on Orlando and the Beaches (Port Canaveral), Florida; and Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau, Bahamas.
To book a cruiseÂ Â on Norwegian, contact a travel professional, visit www.ncl.com; or call 888-NCL-CRUISEÂ Â (625-2784).