Deal Suggests Norwegian Escape Will Homeport At PortMiami

According to a report by multiple local Miami news outlets, Norwegian Cruise Line has signed a deal with PortMiami to base another new build at the port beginning in 2015.

Joe Farcus 148The deal, which was approved earlier this week by the Miami-Dade County Commissioners, will have Norwegian base one of its new builds and hold the new build’s christening ceremonies at PortMiami. In exchange, PortMiami will pay Norwegian $3 million for marketing costs until the ship’s arrival in 2015. The ship most likely to homeport at PortMiami in this case is the upcoming Norwegian Escape, the first Breakaway Plus class ship, which will debut in the fall of 2015.

The deal, which will require the new ship to be base at PortMiami for at least three years, does not state whether the ship will be based year round or seasonal at the port.

At the time of publication, Norwegian Cruise Line had not yet replied to a request for comment on the deal.

The Norwegian Escape will be joining her slightly smaller sister, Norwegian Getaway, at PortMiami in 2015. The Norwegian Getaway begins year round Caribbean sailings from PortMiami in February 2014.

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