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Innovator of Freestyle Cruising, Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line operates a fleet of nine ships – with more on order -- sailing to more than 140 ports around the world. Its Homeland Cruising program offers more regularly scheduled, round-trip cruises from more U.S. and Canadian ports than any other line, utilizing Miami, Seattle, Vancouver, San Juan, Boston, New York, Honolulu, and Lahaina. Freestyle cruising provides a more relaxed, resort-style cruise product with flexibility in dining and other onboard pleasures. NCL has pioneered several on-board innovations including the first Internet café at sea (now fleetwide), and was first to offer a nationwide air/sea program combining cruise, hotel and transfers from more than 150 U.S. and Canadian cities. NCL also was first to position a modern ship full time in the seven-day Hawaiian market.
Purpose-built for Freestyle Cruising, colorful Norwegian Dawn represents a hull of an artistic showing on the outside, with plenty of interior pizzazz as well. Her exterior paint job includes splashy signature reproductions of 20th century masters, and the port side features the Statue of Liberty to salute NCL’s groundbreaking Bahamas/Florida itinerary from the port of New York. Inside, public spaces are embellished with works from original Impressionism to Andy Warhol Pop Art. Le Bistro diners may find themselves sitting near an original Monet, Matisse, Renoir or Van Gogh. Romero Britto’s whimsical “Flowers for You” awaits outside Stardust Theater. NCL kicked off its second partnership year with the New York Giants in fall 2003, again becoming the team’s Preferred Cruise Line. In 2004-05, Norwegian Dawn fills demand for balmy winter itineraries, with both Southern Caribbean sailings, and innovative 7-day Bahamas/Florida cruises, roundtrip from the port of New York. Departing on Sundays, Norwegian Dawn takes guests to Port Canaveral near Orlando and Miami, then on to The Bahamas. At Port Canaveral, passengers have a 15-hour day to pursue area theme parks and attractions. The ship then calls in Miami, Nassau, and NCL’s private Bahamian island Great Stirrup Cay, allowing passengers a full day in each port.
Year entering service: 2003
Norwegian Dawn boasts of the largest suites at sea with its Garden Villas, positioned atop the vessel, with each encompassing an unprecedented 5,350 square feet of living space. Garden Villas -- with 360-degree ocean views -- are reminiscent of Italian palazzos, each with a private dining room, personal outdoor Jacuzzi, steam room and secluded sunbathing area. Artistically, at almost every turn, Norwegian Dawn’s public spaces offer discovery of great works of Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Pop-Art. Near the Stardust Theater, guests encounter Romero Britto’s whimsical Flowers for You by the door. Elsewhere, Andy Warhol’s complete Flowers or Mao is on display. Other works include Van Gogh’s A Park In Spring and Nude with Turban by Matisse.
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