Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) sets up HK base

Luxury cruise liner operator Norwegian Cruise Line opened an office in Hong Kong and appointed a local team to drive regional growth for the company’s three brands – the contemporary freestyle cruising brand, Norwegian Cruise Line, the upper-premium cruise line, Oceania Cruises and the all-inclusive luxury line, Regent Seven Sea Cruises.

To coincide with the office opening, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Voyager docked in Hong Kong today as part of her North Asian sojourn, which commenced in Tokyo and will end in Beijing later this month.

In November last year, the company opened its new Asia Pacific headquarters in Sydney, Australia.

The Hong Kong office will be headed by Steve Odell, senior vice president and managing director, Asia Pacific.

The team includes Felix Chan, vice president of sales – Asia; Winnie Chan, senior director of sales – Asia, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and Dorothy Mak, vice president – marketing, Asia for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.

Odell said Asia remained an increasingly important market for Norwegian Cruise Line, with cruise tourism in the region growing at double-digit rates, demand increasing from both cruise passengers from Hong Kong and the rest of Asia, and international travelers seeking to experience Asian destinations.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings operates 22 ships.

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