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Philadelphia is one of our favorite U.S. cities for kicking off a
cruise, especially if you are from the West Coast and have not
experienced U.S. history. It is well worth your time to fly into the
city early and take in all the tourist sites on tap.

This summer, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) will return to Philadelphia
for the seventh straight year with Norwegian Majesty. Philly is turning
the cruising season upside down in 2009, offering expanded cruises to
Canada throughout September and closing with fall trips to Bermuda.

NCL will make eight sailings from the Philadelphia Cruise Terminal
in 2009. The season will kick off on August 29th when the Norwegian
Majesty makes a five-day sail to Canada and New England. That trip will
be followed by three consecutive 10-day sailings to Canada and New
England - the longest Canadian cruises from Philadelphia to date. These
10-day cruises will call on Bay of Fundy/St. John, Sydney, Charlotte,
Halifax and Portland, Maine. Beginning October 3, the Norwegian Majesty
makes four consecutive seven-day sailings to the sunny pink beaches of
St. George's, Bermuda. Norwegian Majesty's final sail to Bermuda,
ending CruisePhilly's 2009 season, leaves Philadelphia on October 24th.

NCL's Norwegian Majesty accommodates 1,462 passengers and offers a
broad array of amenities, including NCL's popular Freestyle dining
program and a multitude of entertainment, spa, and fitness options. The
Majesty also offers great nightlife from The Palace Theatre and Frame
52 Disco to the Monte Carlo Casino.

The Philadelphia Cruise Terminal is easily accessed by taxi from the
downtown area or the train station. For information on cruising from
Philadelphia or special pre- and post-cruise package, visit or call (856) 968-2052.