Norwegian Cruise Line today announced that President and CEO Kevin Sheehan has received the 2014 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Florida for the Hospitality and Leisure category. Sheehan accepted the award during a gala ceremony held last evening at the Hilton Orlando. Sheehan was selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous award recipients, leading CEOs and other regional business leaders.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized by EY with this prestigious award,” said Sheehan. “But it is the hard work, passion and dedication of Norwegian’s 25,000 shipboard and shore side team members that made this award possible. I am extremely fortunate to lead such an incredible team dedicated to delivering the vacation of a lifetime to our guests.”

Greg Rosica, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Florida program partner, emphasized that this award program recognizes high-growth entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Sheehan joined Norwegian as CEO in 2008 with a vision to take the company from good to great with a bold vision of becoming the cruise line of choice for guests, travel partners, investors and employees. Norwegian now leads the industry in various metrics, including net yield, a metric of revenue per berth, and return on invested capital. In 2013, Norwegian completed a successful initial public offering. The company also recently introduced two game-changing vessels, Norwegian Breakaway in April 2013 and Norwegian Getaway in January 2014.

Sheehan is now entered into the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National awards which will take place in Palm Springs, Calif., on November 15, 2014, as part of the EY Strategic Growth Forum, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.