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Nickelodeon entertainment to end on Norwegian Cruise Line ships

SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer bowl on one of Norwegian Cruise Line’s signature bowling alleys at a press conference to announce Nickelodeon at Sea, a partnership between Nickelodeon and Norwegian Cruise Line, in 2010. The partnership is ending this year, Norwegian announced.
SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer bowl on one of Norwegian Cruise Line’s signature bowling alleys at a press conference to announce Nickelodeon at Sea, a partnership between Nickelodeon and Norwegian Cruise Line, in 2010. The partnership is ending this year, Norwegian announced. Norwegian Cruise Line

After five years of SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer and slime at sea, the agreement between Norwegian Cruise Line and Nickelodeon is coming to an end.

The Miami-based cruise line said in a statement that Nick-themed entertainment experiences will not appear at all on Norwegian Escape and will end on Norwegian Epic by October. On the other four ships that feature Nickelodeon activities — Getaway, Breakaway, Jewel and Gem — the themed entertainment will be available until Jan. 3, 2016.

“We thank Nickelodeon for being a great partner and helping us to provide family entertainment on board our newest vessels,” the cruise line said in the statement.

Norwegian said that it would “continue to raise the bar on family entertainment at sea” and highlighted new offerings on the upcoming Norwegian Escape, including a new nursery for kids between six months and three years of age and a bigger sports deck.

A Nickelodeon spokesman said in an email that the end of the partnership is “a simple wrapping up of the contract.”

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