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Pride of Aloha to Leave Hawaii Fleet

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- One more NCL cruise ship is saying aloha to Hawaii. 

Pride of Aloha will be pulled out of the Hawaii market on May 11, 2008.  The ship is being transferred to Star Cruises and will be re-flagged and deployed in Asia in the summer.

Andy Stuart, NCL's executive vice president of marketing, sales and passenger services, said the decision to withdraw Pride of Aloha was "extremely difficult."

"Pride of Aloha pioneered the new inter-island market but, as we move forward with Freestyle 2.0 to take our product to the next level across what is already the youngest fleet in the industry, we cannot justify further investment in this ship," said Stuart.

The remaining year-round NCL ship in Hawaii will be the Pride of America.

Guests booked on Pride of Aloha from May 11 and beyond will be offered accomodations on the Pride of America.  In addition:

- Guests will receive a $100 per person on-board credit (up to $200 per stateroom).

- For guests who made their air and/or hotel arrangements through NCL, NCL will protect the  rates they currently have paid and cover any air or hotel change fees. 

- For guests who purchased their own air, NCL will protect up to the first $100 per person of any increase in air costs and cover up to $75 per person in air change fees.

- For guests who made independent hotel arrangements, NCL will cover any hotel change fees up to $25 per person.

Guests may book any other NCL cruise and receive a $100 per person on-board credit (up to $200 per stateroom) if they rebook by March 7, 2008. In addition, NCL will cover up to $75 per person in air change fees and up to $25 per person in hotel change fees.

Guests may cancel their cruise and receive a full refund if NCL is notified by March 7, 2008. In addition, NCL will cover up to $75 per person in air change fees and up to $25 per person in hotel change fees.

After March 7, 2008 cancellation fees will apply in accordance with NCL's cancellation policy.

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