For the ultimate in sun and fun, Norwegian Cruise Line today announced its deployment for the fall and winter 2014/2015 season with eight contemporary ships sailing to the Caribbean and Bahamas & Florida from five homeports: Miami, New York, Tampa, Houston and New Orleans. Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Epic and Norwegian Pearl will set sail from Miami. Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Gem will continue to depart from New York. Norwegian Sun debuts in Tampa while Norwegian Dawn will be introduced to New Orleans. As previously announced, Norwegian Jewel will set sail from Houston. The line will also increase its seven-day Mexican Riviera sailings from Los Angeles and a series of Panama Canal voyages between Los Angeles and Miami. All of these cruises go on sale today, December 18, 2012 and can be booked in conjunction with the line’s “The Upgrade Wave” sales event.
Caribbean and Bahamas & Florida
Norwegian will have three ships sailing seven day or longer cruises from Miami in the fall and winter of 2014/2015, including Norwegian’s newest ship, Norwegian Getaway, sailing year-round to the Eastern Caribbean on seven-day cruises every Saturday. Miami’s newest ship will visit Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas.
Norwegian Epic returns for her fifth season in Miami, sailing a series of seven-day Western Caribbean cruises from November 9, 2014 to April 19, 2015. Departing on Sundays, the ship’s new, three-port itinerary features calls in Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico.
Offering longer cruise options, Norwegian Pearl is set to embark on alternating 10-day Eastern Caribbean and 11-day Southern Caribbean cruises between October 20, 2014 and April 6, 2015. Norwegian Pearl’s 10-day itinerary features stops in Tortola, British Virgin Islands; St. John’s, Antigua; Fort-de-France, Martinique; Basseterre, St. Kitts; and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The new 11-day itinerary calls on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Basseterre, St. Kitts; Castries, St. Lucia; Willemstad, Curacao; and Oranjestad, Aruba.
From New York, Norwegian Breakaway will sail a series of seven-day Bahamas & Florida itineraries from her year-round home port of New York City from October 5, 2014 to December 28, 2014 and from February 15, 2015 through April 9, 2015. New York’s ship will also sail three 12-day Southern Caribbean cruises on January 4, 2015; January 18, 2015; and February 1, 2015 with stops in San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Castries, St. Lucia; Bridgetown, Barbados; and Basseterre, St. Kitts.
Norwegian Gem will continue to sail from New York offering nine-day Eastern Caribbean cruises from October 18, 2014 through April 15, 2015 with stops in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; and Tortola, British Virgin Islands, along with four relaxing days at sea. The ship will also offer one-night cruises from New York throughout 2014 and 2015.
Norwegian Sun will arrive in Tampa for the first time and sail seven-day Western Caribbean itineraries departing every Sunday from October 19, 2014 to April 12, 2015. Ports of call include: Roatan, Bay Islands Honduras; Belize City, Belize; Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico.
In 2014, Norwegian will return to Houston, Texas with the arrival of Norwegian Jewel, sailing a series of Western Caribbean cruises from October 11, 2014 through April 11, 2015. Ports of call include: Cozumel, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; and Roatán, Bay Islands Honduras.
Norwegian Dawn will make her debut in New Orleans on November 23, 2014, offering a series of 21 seven-day Western Caribbean cruises through April 12, 2015 with stops in Roatan, Bay Islands Honduras; Belize City, Belize; Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico.
Canada & New England
For fall foliage viewing at its best, Norwegian Dawn will embark on four Canada & New England itineraries between Boston and Quebec from September 12 through October 3, 2014. These sailings can also be combined for an ultimate 14-day Canada & New England experience.
Norwegian Gem will offer a series of five seven-day Canada & New England cruises from New York beginning September 13 through October 11, 2014. Ports of call include: Halifax, Nova Scotia; Saint John, New Brunswick; Bar Harbor, Maine; Boston, Massachusetts; and Newport, Rhode Island.
Panama Canal and Mexican Riviera
Norwegian will increase the number of Mexican Riviera sailings in 2014, offering a series of seven-day cruises from Los Angeles, California on Norwegian Star from November 30, 2014 through December 28, 2014. Norwegian Star will then return to the Mexican Riviera in 2015 between March 1 and April 12, 2015. Ports of call include: Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, along with three relaxing days at sea. Norwegian Star will also sail seven Panama Canal cruises between Miami and Los Angeles or from Los Angeles to Miami in 2014 and three additional Panama Canal sailings in 2015.
On April 20, 2014, Norwegian Jewel will sail a 15-day Panama Canal cruise from New Orleans to Los Angeles, followed by a five-day Pacific Coastal voyage from Los Angeles to Vancouver, British Columbia on May 5, 2014.
On September 20, 2014, Norwegian Jewel will sail a five-day Pacific Coastal voyage from Vancouver, British Columbia to Los Angeles, followed by a 16-day Panama Canal cruise from Los Angeles to Houston departing on September 25, 2014.
Norwegian Pearl will sail a 15-day Panama Canal cruise from Miami to Los Angeles on April 18, 2014, followed by a seven-day British Colombia and US West Coast cruise from Los Angeles to Vancouver on May 3, 2014. The ship will depart Vancouver on September 28, 2014 on a five-day Pacific Coastal cruise to Los Angeles, followed by a 14-day Panama Canal sailing to Miami on October 3, 2014.
Norwegian Sun will depart Miami on April 28, 2014 on a 15-day Panama Canal voyage to Los Angeles, followed by a six-day Pacific Coastal cruise from Los Angeles to Vancouver on May 13, 2014. The ship will depart Vancouver on September 29 as it embarks on a five-day Pacific Coastal cruise to Los Angeles. On October 4, 2014, Norwegian Sun departs Los Angeles on a 15-day Panama Canal cruise ending in Tampa.
Transatlantics and Repositionings
Norwegian Epic will make two transatlantic voyages: an 11-day sailing on April 27, 2014 from Miami to Barcelona and a 14-day cruise October 26, 2014 from Barcelona to Miami. Norwegian Star will also make two transatlantic crossings: a 14-day from Miami to Copenhagen on May 5, 2014 and a 14-day voyage from Copenhagen to Miami on October 6, 2014.
Norwegian Dawn will reposition from Tampa to Boston on April 27, 2014 and sail a 12-day Caribbean Escape with stops in George Town, Grand Cayman; Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curacao; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. On November 7, 2014, Norwegian Dawn will reposition from Boston to New Orleans and sail a 14-day Caribbean Escape with ports of call to include San Juan, Puerto Rico; Willemstad, Curacao; Oranjestad, Aruba; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico.
Article and photos courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line.