NCL Narrows Search for Norwegian Gem Godmother to Five Contestants

Company invites consumers to help select the "It" Girl


Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) today announced five finalists in its Search for the Latitudes "It" Girl contest, the winner of which will be named Godmother of its new ship, Norwegian Gem. Finalists were selected from more than 500 online video entries submitted by Latitudes members (past NCL guests) showcasing why they should be named the ship's Godmother and how they embody the qualities of an "It" Girl.

Finalist videos are now posted on and the public is invited to help NCL pick the winner by voting for their favorite "It" Girl finalist now through December 7, 2007. The five finalists will be whisked away to Norwegian Gem's christening ceremony on December 18, 2007 in New York City where the winner will be announced and will christen the ship. Additionally, she will receive the ultimate "It" Girl treatment on a fabulous seven-day cruise in Norwegian Gem's posh Garden Villa for her and five members of her entourage.

"We want to thank all of our Latitudes members who participated. We were impressed with the number of creative, funny and heartwarming videos we received from "It" Girls of all ages," said Colin Veitch, NCL's president and CEO. "These five finalists--in their own unique way--embody the free-spirited, sophisticated and confident qualities of our new 'It' Girl, Norwegian Gem. And in keeping with the spirit of NCL's Freestyle Cruising, we're asking the public to vote for their favorite finalist, so they can help us determine who should be Norwegian Gem's Godmother."

    The contest finalists(1) are:

    --  Lauren Kampf, 22, from Oakland, N. J.; her video takes a
        comedic look at all of the activities and adventures offered
        on an NCL cruise. Lauren is a recent Music and Theater
        graduate of Washington and Lee University and has sailed on
        four NCL cruises;

    --  Shannon Maxey, 29, from Virginia Beach, Va.; her video shows
        her versatility and exotic talents. Shannon is an artist and
        has a Master of Fine Arts from Old Dominion University. She
        recently sailed on Pride of Hawai`i;

    --  Cindy Cardella, 31, from Fairfield, N. J.; her video
        chronicles her NCL cruise experiences from childhood onwards,
        and highlights all of the places she has visited. Cindy has
        sailed with NCL on more than 30 cruises and is a stay at home
        mom with three boys ages five, three and five months;

    --  Louise Strong, 44, from South Hero, Vt.; her video discusses
        and demonstrates her ebullient love for NCL. Louise is a high
        school administrator at Essex High School in Essex Junction,
        Vt. and has been married to her husband Ed for 22 years.
        Louise has sailed on 16 NCL cruises;

    --  Mary O'Dea, 75, from Milford, Pa.; her video illustrates how
        NCL, and NCL crew members, are a part of her life. Mary has
        four children and has sailed on eight NCL cruises.

In a video entry, entrants were encouraged to include how they embody the attributes of NCL's hottest, hippest new ship, Norwegian Gem, as well as the free spirit of NCL's Freestyle Cruising. These characteristics include sophistication, independence and confidence, eagerness to explore new destinations and learn new things, glamour, style and culture, along with a youthful and adventurous spirit regardless of age. The five finalists were selected on creativity and originality of their submission. Contest details, terms and conditions can be found online at

In addition to the five finalists, NCL is recognizing the following five entrants as honorable mentions; and their videos will also be available for viewing at

    --  Leah Goodman, 23, of Radford, Va.;

    --  Meghan Hasselberg, 28, of Arlington Heights, Ill.;

    --  Kristin Mueller, 30, of Minneapolis, Minn.;

    --  Alane Aihara, 44, of Makawao, Hawai`i;

    --  Marlene Ebeo, 69, of Pearl City, Hawai`i.

    (1) All finalists are subject to the verification of eligibility.

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NCL plans to build two new third generation Freestyle Cruising ships for delivery in 2010. NCL today has the youngest fleet in the industry, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy the flexibility of Freestyle Cruising on the newest, most contemporary ships at sea, and has recently added its latest new ship, the 2,400 passenger Norwegian Gem.

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Source: Norwegian Cruise Line