Norwegian Cruise Line returns to the Mexican Riviera in 2013Source: http://www.viajaratope.com
Norwegian Cruise Line announced on December 13 the deployment of their cruise ships for the 2013-2014 winter season, noting that they will be sailing with six ships from four different Caribbean ports. This will mark the return of NCL to the Mexican Riviera after an absence of over two years.
NCL also announced that two ships will be sailing with itineraries to New England and Canada. The line has not yet announced plans for the Norwegian Breakaway. The ship will debut in the spring of 2013 with a maiden route from New York to Bermuda that will continue until October of that year. Plans for the new ship after October 2013 will not be released until January, said Public Relations Manager Amanda Graham.
NCL sailed along the Pacific Coast of Mexico in April 2011 and will continue itineraries from the Port of Los Angeles until December 2013 aboard the Norwegian Star. The Star will have eight Panama Canal cruises between Los Angeles and Miami until October 13, 2013. In December 2013, March and April 2014, the Star will have nine cruises of seven days with stops in Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, with three days at sea.
Caribbean cruises for NCL will have departures from Miami, New Orleans, Tampa and New York. The Norwegian Jewel will offer a seven day cruise to western Caribbean ports from New Orleans. Routes will have alternating stops in different ports of call, either at Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico, the Honduran island port of Roatan Bay, Belize City, Belize, Falmouth Ocho Rios, Jamaica, and George Town, Grand Cayman.
With the launch of NCL’s newest ship, Norwegian Epic, there will be three ships sailing from Miami which will make 25 seven day eastern Caribbean trips. The Pearl will sail 26 seven day trips to the western Caribbean and the Norwegian Sun will offer 10 eleven day cruises to the southern Caribbean. The Sun itinerary includes stops in St. Thomas, U.S Virgin Islands, Roseau, Dominica, Bridgetown, Barbados, Castries, St. Lucia and Phippsburg, St, Maarten, with four days at sea. The 11 day cruise will have ports of call in Cartagena, Columbia, Oranjestad, Aruba, Curacao, Caribe, Philipsburg, St. Maarten and St. Thomas, U.S Virgin Islands, with five days at sea.
The Norwegian Dawn, which starts navigating Tampa later this year will return in 2013 with 22 seven day itineraries in the western Caribbean and will be offering a two night cruise departing November 15, 2013.
The Big Apple maintains its departures with the Norwegian Gem to the Bahamas and Florida, with a slight change in the order of ports to allow for more time in Port Canaveral with its proximity to Orlando and its theme parks. The route visits Nassau, Bahamas, Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas, and Port Canaveral, with three days at sea. The Gem also offers 21 nine day voyages to the eastern Caribbean with stops in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Philipsburg, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Samana, Dominican Republic, with four days at sea. There are also six single night cruises from New York.
The Gem will also have 5 seven day cruises from New York to Canada and New England with stops in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Saint John, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, Bar Harbor Maine, Boston and Newport, Rhode Island.
Also sailing north, the Norwegian Dawn will have four routes between Boston and Québec.
Being offered are four transatlantic voyages, two on the Norwegian Epic and two on the Norwegian Star, the Epic with an 11 day trip on April 20 2013 from Miami to Barcelona and a 13 day cruise departing October 20, 2013 from Barcelona to Miami. The Star will offer a 16 day trip from New Orleans to Copenhagen, Denmark on April 21, 2013 and a 12 day trip from Copenhagen to Miami on October 1, 2013.
There are also several repositioning cruises including on the Dawn twelve days from Tampa to Boston with stops in the Caribbean, departing April 21, 2013, and a 14 day return to Tampa on November 1, 2013. The Jewel, Pearl, and Sun offer 14 or 17 day passage through the Panama Canal, traveling between the ports of Miami and Los Angeles.
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