NCL to Offer "Power Hour" of Savings Before Fare Hike

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Just before Norwegian Cruise Line drowns customers with their largest rate increase in history, the company will offer a "power hour" of savings.

Earlier this month, the line announced fares will jump seven percent fleet-wide on Friday, April 2nd. Norwegian is giving travelers one last chance to book cruises at current prices by extending their call center hours to 1 a.m. the morning of the increase.

According to a press release from Norwegian, the fare hike affects every ship and sail date through 2012. More than 125,000 rates will be going up, such as a seven-day Hawaii sailing on Pride of America that will increase from $1,389 to $1,489, based on double occupancy in a balcony stateroom.

The line said the fare increase is due to "an unprecedented year-to-date increase in booking volume." One week ago today, Carnival Cruise Lines increased prices across the board for the same reasons. The swelling of these cruise fares is sure to have a ripple effect across the entire cruise industry.

Norwegian confirmed they had seen group business bookings increase nearly twofold, and have seen a very strong interest in their newest and largest ship, the Norwegian Epic. The 4,200-passenger Epic is the first ever "mega-ship" to be operated by the line, promising up to 60 percent more passenger space than their current largest ships. The Epic will begin sailing June 2010.

To book a Norwegian cruise, call 866-234-7450, click www.ncl.com, or phone a travel agent.
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