Norwegian Sun to Sail to Cuba; Jewel Heads to Alaska

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced its summer 2018 deployment for Alaska and the Caribbean, including a second all-inclusive ship sailing to Cuba and the repositioning of Norwegian Jewel in Alaska.

In 2018, Norwegian Sun will reposition to Port Canaveral and offer all-inclusive four day cruises to Havana, Cuba, and Key West, as well as three-day cruises to the Bahamas, Norwegian said, while Norwegian Jewel will offer seven- and nine-day Alaska sailings from Seattle, Seward and Vancouver.

New Cuba Cruises

Following its fall and winter season in South America and a dry dock enhancement, Norwegian Sun will spend summer 2018 sailing all-inclusive cruises from Port Canaveral, offering four-day itineraries that call on Key West and Havana, Cuba, as well as three-day cruises to the Bahamas. The drydock enhancement for the 1,936 guest ship, part of the cruise line’s Norwegian Edge fleet revitalization program, will conclude April 19, 2018, after which the ship will sail a 17-day Panama Canal cruise from Seattle. From Port Canaveral the all-inclusive ship will offer guests 16 dining options, 12 bars and lounges, and complimentary beverages included in the cruise fare.

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Norwegian Sun’s four-day cruises to Cuba will depart Port Canaveral each Monday, beginning May 7, 2018, and include a call on Key West, Florida, and an overnight stay in Havana, returning to Port Canaveral each Friday. In Key West guests will be able to visit the Old Town district, while in Havana they can check out Havana Harbor and Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage site. All shore excursions in Havana will be OFAC-compliant, Norwegian said.

Norwegian Sun’s three-day cruises to the Bahamas will include calls in Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian’s private island.

Alaska Cruises

Following its winter 2017 and 2018 season in Australia and Asia, Norwegian Jewel will sail from Tokyo (Yokohma) to Seattle to replace Norwegian Sun as the cruise line’s third ship sailing in Alaska in summer 2018. The 2,376-passenger ship has 16 dining options including specialty restaurants Cagney’s, La Cucina and Le Bistro, along with 15 bars and nightclubs. In terms of accommodations the ship has The Haven, Norwegian’s ship-within-a-ship concept, as well as the three-bedroom Garden Villa on the top of the ship, complete with a balcony with its own hot tub and sun deck. For entertainment, the ship has shows like Le Cirque Bijou and Band on the Run, a sports deck for basketball, volleyball and tennis.

Beginning May 26, 2018, Norwegian Jewel will reposition from Settle to Vancouver with a nine-day Alaska cruise. The itinerary will include calls in Juneau, Skagway, Icy Strait Point, Sitka and Ketchikan. On June 4, 2018, the ship will sail a seven-day roundtrip cruise from Vancouver to Alaska with calls in Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan. From June 11, 2018, the ship will offer alternating embarkation ports in Vancouver and Seward. From Vancouver, Norwegian Jewel will sail seven-day Glacier Bay cruises with calls in Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway, disembarking in Seward. From Seward, the ship will sail seven-day Inside Passage Alaska cruises with calls in Icy Strait Point, Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and disembarking in Vancouver. Both itineraries will include a sail past the Hubbard Glacier.

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