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Norwegian Cruise Line Announces Deployment Schedule for Winter 2013/2014 Season

December 13, 2011 By: Elliott Mest Travel Agent

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced its winter deployment for the 2013/2014 season with six ships sailing to the Caribbean, Bahamas and Florida from four homeports: Miami, New Orleans, Tampa and New York. Norwegian Jewel will make her debut there on Oct. 13, 2013, offering seven-day Western Caribbean itineraries.

Norwegian Star will also sail seven-day itineraries in the Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles during Dec. 2013, March and April 2014, along with a series of Panama Canal voyages between Los Angeles and Miami. Norwegian will also continue its commitment to Canada and New England with two ships sailing to the region: Norwegian Gem from New York and Norwegian Dawn from Boston and Quebec. The line also is offering four transatlantic crossings and several repositioning cruises.

These cruises go on sale to Norwegian’s top travel partners and Latitudes Rewards members Dec. 13, 2011, and to the general public on Thursday, Dec. 15.

Caribbean, Bahamas and Florida Deployment

Norwegian will have three ships sailing from Miami in the winter of 2013/14. Norwegian Epic returns for its fourth season in Miami, sailing a series of 25 seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruises from Nov. 2, 2013 to April 19, 2014 departing on Saturdays. Norwegian Pearl will embark on a series of 26 seven-day Western Caribbean cruises from Oct. 20, 2013 through April 13, 2014. Offering a longer cruise option, Norwegian Sun will sail 10 and 11-day Southern Caribbean cruises with Sunday and Wednesday departures from Oct. 9, 2013 through April 16, 2014. Ports of call on the 10-day cruise include: St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; Roseau, Dominica; Bridgetown, Barbados; Castries, St. Lucia; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten; along with four days at sea. On the 11-day cruise, Norwegian Sun’s ports of call include: Cartagena, Colombia; Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curacao; Philipsburg, St. Maarten and St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; as well as five days at sea.

In New Orleans, Norwegian Jewel will make her debut on Oct. 13, 2013, offering a series of 26 seven-day Western Caribbean cruises through April 13, 2014. Additional features include The Haven by Norwegian, along with Nickelodeon programming. New for 2013, Norwegian Jewel will sail alternating Western Caribbean itineraries in November and December. The first Western Caribbean itinerary features Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico; Roatan, Bay Islands Honduras; and Belize City, Belize. The second itinerary includes Ocho Rios or Falmouth, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico

Norwegian Dawn will return to Tampa and sail a series of 22 seven-day Western Caribbean sailings from Nov. 17, 2013 through April 20, 2014. The ship will also offer a two-night cruise on November 15, 2013.

From New York, Norwegian Gem will continue her year-round sailings offering seven-day Bahamas and Florida cruises from April 27, 2013 through Sept. 7, 2013. The port order of the Bahamas and Florida sailings has been changed to include more port time in Orlando and the Beaches (Port Canaveral). The ship’s first port of call will be Nassau, Bahamas, followed by Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas, followed by Orlando and the Beaches and three days at sea. 

Beginning Oct. 19, 2013, Norwegian Gem will sail 21 nine-day Eastern Caribbean cruises through April 23, 2014 with stops in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; and Samaná, Dominican Republic, along with four relaxing days at sea. The ship will also offer a series of six one-night cruises from New York on Nov. 15 and Dec. 13, 2013, along with Jan. 10, Feb. 7, March 7 and April 4, 2014.

Panama Canal and Mexican Riviera Deployment

Norwegian will seasonally base a ship in Los Angeles, sailing a series of both 14-day Panama Canal and seven-day Mexican Riviera voyages. Beginning on Oct. 13, 2013, Norwegian Star is scheduled for eight Panama Canal cruises between Los Angeles and Miami.  The nine seven-day Mexican Riviera sailings are interspersed in Dec. 2013 and March and April 2014. Ports of call include: Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, along with three relaxing days at sea.

Canada and New England

Norwegian Dawn will embark on four Canada and New England itineraries between Boston and Quebec from Sept. 13 through Oct. 4, 2013. These sailings can also be combined for a 14-day Canada and New England experience.

Norwegian Gem offers a series of five seven-day Canada and New England cruises from New York from Sept. 9 through Oct. 12, 2013.  Ports of call include: Halifax, Nova Scotia; Saint John, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick; Bar Harbor, Maine; Boston, Massachusetts; and Newport, Rhode Island.


In addition, Norwegian Epic will make two transatlantic voyages: an 11-day sailing on April 20, 2013 from Miami to Barcelona and a 13-day cruise Oct. 20, 2013 from Barcelona to Miami. Norwegian Star will also make two transatlantic crossings: a 16-day from New Orleans to Copenhagen on April 21, 2013 and a 12-day voyage from Copenhagen to Miami on Oct. 1, 2013.

Several repositioning cruises are also available between various departure ports visitng destinations in the Southern Caribbean and Panama Canal. Norwegian Dawn will sail on a 12-day Caribbean Escape from Tampa to Boston on April 21, 2013.  The ship will return to Tampa from Boston on Nov. 1, 2013 on a 14-day Caribbean Escape.

Norwegian Jewel, Pearl and Sun will also offer a number of Panama Canal repositioning cruises between Miami and Los Angeles varying in length from 14 to 17 days.


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By Elliott Mest | December 13, 2011
Norwegian Cruise Line's winter deployment schedule for 2013/2014 involves six ships sailing from the home ports of Miami, New Orleans, Tampa and New York to the Caribbean, Bahamas and Florida.
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