Norwegian Cruise Line Summer 2013 - 2014 Summer Schedule Adds More Alaska ItinerariesDecember 6, 2011 By: C. Elliott Mest Travel Agent
Norwegian Cruise Line is adding a third ship to its Alaskan 2013/2014 season. Norwegian Sun will sail seven-day itineraries between Vancouver, British Columbia and Whittier, Ala., joining Norwegian Jewel and Norwegian Pearl in Alaska for the summer of 2013. NCL is also introducing land packages that can be combined with Norwegian Sun’s itinerary. The line’s summer deployment also features four ships sailing in Europe, including the continuation of two year-round, along with two ships cruising to Bermuda.
These cruises go on sale to Norwegian’s top travel partners and Latitudes Rewards members Dec. 6, 2011, and to the general public on Dec. 8.
Beginning May 20, 2013, Norwegian Sun’s northbound itinerary departs Vancouver, British Columbia on Mondays, and will cruise the Inside Passage, Glacier Bay and Hubbard Glacier and make stops in Ketchikan, Skagway and Juneau. On her southbound itineraries from Whittier, Alaska, the ship will cruise the Inside Passage, Sawyer Glacier and Hubbard Glacier, as well as making stops in Ketchikan, Skagway, Juneau and Icy Strait Point.
Beginning May 18, 2013, Norwegian Jewel will sail a series of 18 seven-day Sawyer Glacier itineraries from Seattle, Wash. every Saturday with stops in Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan, Ala. The 2,394 passenger Norwegian Pearl also begins a series of 18 seven-day Glacier Bay itineraries from Seattle, Washington every Sunday with stops in Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan, Alaska; along with Victoria, British Columbia.
In Europe, Norwegian Epic will return for her third season, sailing seven-day Western Mediterranean itineraries from Barcelona beginning May 5, 2013 through Oct. 14, 2013. The new Western Mediterranean itinerary features five ports of call in three countries -- Spain, Italy and France -- and a call to Palma, Majorca, Spain. Guests will also have the opportunity to sail round-trip from Rome, Italy or Marseille, France, as well as a four-day Western Mediterranean sailing on May 1, 2013.
Norwegian Star will make her debut in the Baltic replacing Norwegian Sun and will offer a series of 15 nine-day Baltic Capital cruises from Copenhagen, Denmark. Norwegian Star will offer a 14-day Norway, Iceland and Faroe Island cruise from Copenhagen on Sept. 19, 2013.
Norwegian Jade returns to Venice on May 4, 2013 for the summer season and will offer alternating seven-day Greek Isles and seven-day Adriatic, Greece and Turkey itineraries. In the fall/winter, Norwegian Jade will reposition to Rome and offer a series of eight 10-day Eastern Mediterranean and nine 11-day Mediterranean and the Holy Land beginning on Oct. 26, 2013 through April 12, 2014.
Beginning on April 17, 2013, Norwegian Spirit will once again sail the waters of the Mediterranean offering 12-day Grand Mediterranean itineraries from Barcelona, Spain and Venice, Italy through Oct. 14, 2013. The itinerary includes nine ports of call in five different countries as well as an overnight in Venice. On Oct. 26, 2013, Norwegian Spirit begins a series of 20 nine-day Canary Island cruises. Guests will have the option to sail round-trip from Malaga, Spain giving them the flexibility to choose the homeport that is more convenient for them.
In the summer of 2013, NCL will add the 4,000-pasenger Norwegian Breakaway to Bermuda, sailing a series of 22 seven-day cruises from New York, New York, beginning May 12, 2013.
The Norwegian Dawn will return to Boston, Massachusetts for the summer on May 3, 2013 and will sail a series of 22 seven-day Bermuda cruises departing every Friday.
Pride of America will continue as the only US-flagged vessel sailing among all four of Hawaii’s main islands. NCL is opening Pride of America’s seven-day Hawaii inter-island cruises departing Honolulu, Hawaii every Saturday through April 18, 2015. Ports of call include an overnight in Kahului, Maui; Hilo, Hawaii; Kona, Hawaii; an overnight in Nãwiliwili, Kauai; and an afternoon cruise on the Nãpali Coast.
Norwegian Sky will continue sailing three- and four-day cruises to the Bahamas year-round from Miami through April 25, 2014. The three-day Bahamas cruise departs on Fridays and includes stops in Nassau, Bahamas and Great Stirrup Cay. On Mondays, the ship departs Miami on a four-day Bahamas cruise with stops in Grand Bahama Island, Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau, Bahamas.