Saturday, April 3, 2010

NCL "Welcome Aboard" Norwegian Pearl

Last month when I logged into to complete the Online Check-In process for our Norwegian Pearl cruise, I printed our e-documents to present the pier and thought nothing of also printing paper luggage tags. After all, it's become quite commonplace to no longer watch the mailbox for the arrival of a packet of cruise documents and paperwork to complete. So, it came as a surprise when I received the following email:
Congratulations, you’re about to embark on a unique cruise experience with Norwegian Cruise Line. It’s all thanks to our exclusive Freestyle Cruising®, where you’re free to whatever. Your Welcome Aboard Kit has been mailed and should be arriving soon. This kit contains your luggage tags and useful information including helpful tips on travel arrangements, what you should pack, what’s on board and a directory of the ship.

Also included in the kit are samples of our most popular Shore Excursions for your itinerary. NCL’s Shore Excursions are the best way for you to see the ports we visit. Our land tours sell out fast, so book your Shore Excursions online (up to 5 days prior to their sailing date) at to reserve your spot.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you on board and we encourage you to complete the Online Check-In at, for smooth sailing at the port. If you have any questions, please contact your Travel Professional or call NCL at 1.800.327.7030. Again, thanks for choosing to cruise with NCL.
What a nice touch! The booklet covers just about every question a passenger might have, and some even I hadn't thought of. So, with personalized luggage tags attached to the suitcases and our e-docs and passports in hand, we're off to the Port of Miami to board Norwegian Pearl. We'll be enjoying a week of Freestyle cruising and invite you to join us here as we share our adventure.

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