Norwegian Cruise Line for the first time in more than 11 years will homeport a ship, Norwegian Sun, seasonally at Port Canaveral, FL, beginning in October 2010. The 1,936-passenger ship will sail alternating seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises departing every Saturday from October 9, 2010 through April 16, 2011.
"As part of our homeland cruising initiative, we are always looking for attractive ports in which to base our ships," said Kevin Sheehan, NCL's president and CEO. "By bringing Norwegian Sun to Port Canaveral, we are offering cruisers in Central Florida and to those vacationing in Orlando quick and easy access to Freestyle Cruising."
Norwegian Sun’s seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruise will stop in Nassau, the Bahamas; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten; the seven-day Western Caribbean will call in Cozumel, Mexico; Santo Tomás de Castilla, Guatemala; Belize City, Belize and Key West, FL.
NCL will also offer seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings from Miami on Norwegian Pearl from October 10, 2010 through April 10, 2011. Ports of call on the Western Caribbean itinerary include: Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; Costa Maya, Mexico; and Key West, FL. Norwegian Pearl’s Eastern Caribbean itinerary includes stops in Samaná, Dominican Republic; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Great Stirrup Cay, NCL’s private island in the Bahamas.
Also from Miami, NCL has extended Norwegian Sky’s three- and four-day cruises to the Bahamas through April 18, 2011 with stops in Grand Bahama Island, Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay, NCL’s private island in the Bahamas. On Fridays, the ship sails a weekend getaway, three-day Bahamas itinerary, departing Miami at 5 p.m. with all-day stops in Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay, returning to Miami at 7 a.m. on Monday mornings.