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The sea has long been a source of poetic and artistic creation, of both solitude and coming together. Long after he renounced his US Citizenship, T.S. Eliot spoke to journalists in 1952, quipping, No one has ever truly fallen in love unless they have cruised the open ocean.” Wise words, old bard. For much of human history, culture moved by ship. 

Starting in 2015, Ace Hotel is moving by ship, too. 

We have purchased the historic SS United States, the world’s fastest ocean-liner, and the last US-flagged trans-Atlantic super liner for refurbishing and conversion into our newest venture: Ace Hotel Ocean.

The United States, languishing in our nation’s first capital city since 1996, was put up for sale. Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) assumed ownership of the 990-foot ship in 2003 and announced its intention of refurbishing the vessel and returning her to service. Restoring the ship is, for anyone, an ambitious goal, but one deemed both worthy and feasible. That idea was floated in 2008, well before our current economic crisis. Recently, however, Star Cruises (NCL’s parent company) determined that this sort of undertaking was beyond their budget and they decided to sell the ship. We fell in love with the United States, and stepped in to save her. The rest, as they say, is history. 

Or the future.

Nawiliwili Harbor by aznaphrodite on Flickr.

I used to work on The Pride of America (a cruise ship) based in Hawaii. Every Thursday we would port here in Nawiliwili, Kauai, Hawaii. It doesn’t look like much at first sight but there are canyons and valleys (used movies such as Hook and Jurassic park,), golf courses, five star eating, warm friendly locals( if you don’t work on PoA that is), sand beaches, rock beaches, luxury resorts, waterfalls, forestes, hiking, wild chickens, canoeing, folk art, so many things. Travel to Kauai : )

Norwegian Cruise Line and Nintendo Expand Partnership to Bring Wii U Gaming Fun to Ships

Wii U Games Will be the Focus of On-Board Gaming and Competitions

REDMOND, Wash.—(BUSINESS WIRE)— Norwegian Cruise Line and Nintendo of America announced today that they are expanding their partnership to offer Wii U™ video game systems and Wii U games fleetwide. As part of the partnership expansion, the line will feature Nintendo’s newest video game console in all ships’ atriums and youth and teen centers. In addition, the new HD Wii U systems will be featured at various competitions and events on board each ship.

Norwegian first partnered with Nintendo in March 2007, when Wii™ systems were introduced fleetwide. Now, with the introduction of Wii U, the successor to Wii, the gaming experience is being elevated to new levels. The interactive Wii U gaming system complements Norwegian’s Freestyle Cruising® by offering gaming opportunities to guests of all ages. The new consoles give guests the chance to experience a variety of new action, adventure, party, racing, strategy, puzzle and sports games. Upcoming game rollouts will include The Legend of Zelda™: The Wind Waker HD, a high-definition re-release of one of the greatest Nintendo games of all time; Super Mario™ 3D World, the first multiplayer 3D Mario game for Wii U; New Super Luigi U™, starring Mario’s green-clad brother; Pikmin™ 3, which asks players to command an army of colorful creatures; and The Wonderful 101™, which puts players in control of a band of superheroes fighting off an alien invasion.

Wii U delivers great video game experiences with exclusive Nintendo characters in HD. Wii U also features the GamePad controller, which removes the traditional barriers between players, their favorite games and the television by giving one player a second touch screen, while other players use traditional controllers. That lets different players experience the same game in different ways. It’s perfect for the kinds of multiplayer game-playing parties found on board cruise ships.

“The Wii consoles have always been extremely popular among our guests,” said Richard Ambrose, Norwegian Cruise Line’s vice president of entertainment. “The new Wii U systems are guaranteed to take gaming on board to the next level, and will surely be a hit.”

“Wii U provides one of the most social video game experiences you can have, whether you’re playing with family members or friends,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “The ships in Norwegian Cruise Line’s fleet give people a great opportunity to experience Wii U for themselves, have fun playing Nintendo games and make some new friends.”

For more information on Norwegian Cruise Line, visit www.ncl.com. To book a cruise on Norwegian, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 800-327-7030 or visit www.ncl.com.

NCL Wins First Travel + Leisure Design Award

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) was awarded the cruise industry’s first Travel + Leisure Design Award for Norwegian Epic's Studio staterooms. The winners of the seventh annual award were recognized as the best new examples of design in categories ranging from hotels and transportation to luggage and travel fashion.

NCL’s ship won “Best Transportation" for its Studio staterooms, located in a private key-card access complex on two decks, including 128 staterooms and the Studio Lounge. Developed by Norwegian and designed and priced especially for solo travelers, the rooms merge feature the comfort and convenience of a single room without the industry’s single supplement price.

Designed by U.K. firm Priestmangoode, the rooms each have 100 square feet of living space, a contemporary design with a full-size bed and separate areas for the bathroom, sink and shower. Groups of friends could consider deciding upon Studio state rooms that connect to each other, while all Studio state room occupants can enjoy exclusive access to the Studio Lounge, where Studio guests can have coffee in the morning, join up with other Studio guests and enjoy a drink in the evening.

Norwegian Epic will be featured in Travel + Leisure's March issue. Judges of the 2011 awards included Henry Urbach, curator of architecture and design for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Norma Kamali, fashion designer; and Danny Meyer, restaurateur, alongside  Paulette Cole, CEO and creative director of ABC Carpet & Home; and David Childs, Chairman of Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill

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Topside, Norwegian Pearl, Outside Seattle on Flickr.

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Just got back from a wonderful family cruise through the Alaska Inside Passage with Norwegian Cruise Line. With the exception of the first port of call in Juneau (which was impressively stormy, even by Juneau standards), we had beautiful blue skies, sun, and warm-ish temperatures for all of our ports of call. I filled up nearly 4 16 gig memory cards with images, especially of Glacier Bay National Park, so I hope to be posting some glacier shots in the coming days and weeks!

The shot below was taken about 45 minutes after we left Seattle. I wasn’t too sure about the light at the time, but once I started processing the image I really started to like what was happening.