Norwegian Cruise Line has released its lineup of summer 2019 itineraries. Highlights include the repositioning of the Norwegian Breakaway from New Orleans to Miami, marking the first time the ship will homeport in the destination, as well as the return of the newly renovated Norwegian Dawn to New York City for the first time since 2010.
The new itineraries are now open for booking by returning guests, and open to the general public December 20. Here’s a look at what’s in store:
After returning from its first winter season in New Orleans, Norwegian Breakaway will reposition from the Big Easy to PortMiami for the first time ever. As one of the largest ships in the fleet, the 4,000-passenger Norwegian Breakaway will homeport in Miami for its summer 2019 season and cruise a mix of Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries. Norwegian Breakaway’s seven-day Western Caribbean itineraries will visit Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras; Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico; and Harvest Caye, Belize. Norwegian Breakaway’s seven-day Eastern Caribbean itinerary will call at destinations including St. Thomas, USVI; Tortola, BVI; Nassau, Bahamas; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Bahamas and Florida
For the first time since 2010, Norwegian Dawn will return to its first homeport of New York City after undergoing bow to stern enhancements in late 2016. Norwegian Dawn will set sail from Manhattan on seven-day cruises to the Bahamas and Florida, from May 25 to August 31, 2019.
Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Pearl and Norwegian Jewel will all offer cruises in the Last Frontier in summer 2019, which Norwegian said makes it the youngest fleet in the region. After making its debut in summer 2018, Norwegian Bliss will return for its second Alaska season, sailing new seven-day Glacier Bay voyages departing each Sunday from Seattle beginning May 5 through September 22, 2019. Norwegian Bliss is custom-built with features and amenities designed specifically for Alaska cruises, including extensive observation lounges and an expansive waterfront with dining and lounges.
Norwegian Pearl, which recently underwent an extensive renovation earlier this year as a part of the Norwegian Edge fleet enhancement program, will sail seven-day Alaska cruises from Seattle departing on Saturdays from May 18 through September 21. Rounding out the Alaska fleet, Norwegian Jewel will return to Vancouver and Seward after a bow to stern enhancement in fall 2018 to sail popular seven-day Glacier Bay northbound and Inside Passage southbound Alaska highlights voyages, offering guests the opportunity to combine back-to-back sailings for a 14-day roundtrip cruise.
In summer 2019, Norwegian will once again offer guests two departure ports from which to set sail for Bermuda. Guests sailing from Boston will enjoy exploring this Atlantic island from a newer and larger ship, Norwegian Gem, a popular Jewel-class ship that will homeport in Beantown from March 29 through November 8, 2019. Norwegian Escape, which moves to New York City for summer 2018, will continue its stay in the Big Apple through the summer 2019 season, sailing to Bermuda from April 14 until October 20, 2019. Both Norwegian Gem and Norwegian Escape will offer seven-day cruises to Bermuda, including three full days in port and two overnight stays.
Canada and New England
Norwegian Dawn will offer four, seven-day cruises to this coast line in May and June 2019, with calls in Halifax, Nova Scotia; Saint John, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick; Bar Harbor and Portland, Maine; and Newport, Rhode Island.
In summer 2019 guests will be able to explore Europe aboard Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Star and Norwegian Spirit.
After a one year hiatus, Norwegian Getaway will once again return to the Baltic, sailing itineraries departing from Copenhagen with several calls in Scandinavia and an overnight in Russia. From June 7 through August 27, 2019, Norwegian Getaway will sail a variety of nine-day sailings with ports-of-call that include Berlin (Warnemünde), Germany; Tallinn, Estonia; Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm, Sweden; an overnight in St. Petersburg, Russia; and a day cruising past the Stockholm Archipelago.
The Norwegian Epic will return to Europe in summer 2019 to sail seven-day Western Mediterranean cruises, with embarkation available in either Barcelona or Rome (Civitavecchia), showcasing Italy, France and Spain. Departures on Norwegian Epic’s seven-day Western Europe cruises will be available from May 12 through November 3, 2019. Guests will also enjoy 22 dining options, 20 bars and lounges, Broadway entertainment including Priscilla Queen of the Dessert: The Musical and Burn the Floor, and more.
Following an extensive renovation in 2017, Norwegian Jade will spend its summer 2019 season cruising the Greek Isles & Italy from May 12 through October 24, 2019. Norwegian Jade’s 10- and 11-day itineraries from Rome (Civitavecchia) will offer calls in Santorini, Athens (Piraeus), Mykonos, and Crete (Chania), Greece; Valletta, Malta; Messina, Sicily; as well as Naples and Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy. Norwegian Star, which will undergo a refurbishment in spring 2018, will also sail the Greek Isles and Eastern Mediterranean, offering primarily seven-day cruises with a small selection of nine-, 10-, 11-, and 12-day sailings departing from Venice, Italy from May 12 through November 10, 2019. Norwegian Star will also call on island destinations in Greece, including Corfu, Santorini, Mykonos and Cephalonia, as well as the Adriatic destinations of Kotor, Montenegro and Dubrovnik, Croatia on the Dalmatian Coast.
Norwegian Spirit will home port in Southampton for the summer of 2019 and sail a selection of 10-day or longer itineraries journeying to the British Isles, Iceland, Norwegian Fjords, the Arctic Circle, and the Baltics. Full itinerary details will be released when the ship opens for sale in mid-January.
Norwegian will continue to offer a seven-day inter-island itinerary on the U.S.-flagged Pride of America. This itinerary offers nearly 100 hours of port time in Hawaii’s main islands, including an overnight in Kahului, Maui; a call in Hilo; Kailua, Kona; an overnight in Nãwiliwili, Kauai; and an afternoon cruising past the Nãpali Coast. Norwegian’s Pride of America will depart from Honolulu every Saturday through April 2021.