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NCL TO SAIL FROM PORT CANAVERAL TO THE CARIBBEAN IN 2010-2011

Caribbean sailings from Port Canaveral & Miami; Bahamas cruises from Miami;

Canada & New England and Getaway sailings on sale Feb. 12, 2009

as part of 2010-2011 deployment

MIAMI – February 10, 2009 – Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) today announced that for the first time in more than 11 years, the company will homeport a ship seasonally at Port Canaveral, Florida beginning October 2010. The 1,936-passenger Norwegian Sun, purpose-built for Freestyle Cruising, will sail alternating seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, 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. In addition, Port Canaveral offers our guests a wide range of pre- and post-cruise packages with the ability to visit a number of family attractions.”

Norwegian Sun’s seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruise will stop in Nassau, Bahamas; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten. The ship’s seven-day Western Caribbean will call in Cozumel, Mexico; Santo Tomás de Castilla, Guatemala; Belize City, Belize and Key West, Florida. Since there is no port repetition between the two itineraries, they can be easily combined to create a port-rich 14-day Caribbean tour.

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, Florida. 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. For guests seeking a full Caribbean escape, these two Norwegian Pearl itineraries can be combined into a 14-day Eastern and Western Caribbean cruise. Norwegian Dawn will sail alternating five-day Western Caribbean and nine-day Southern Caribbean cruises from November 14, 2010 through April 22, 2011. Ports of call on the Western Caribbean sailing include: George Town, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico. Norwegian Dawn’s Southern Caribbean itinerary includes: Samaná, Dominican Republic; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; St. John’s, Antigua; Bridgetown, Barbados; and Basseterre, St. Kitts. Norwegian Dawn’s five- and nine-day sailings can be combined to create a 14-day Caribbean cruise with no port repetition.

Also from Miami, NCL has extended Norwegian Sky’s three and four day cruises to the Bahamas through April 18, 2011. The 2,002-passenger Norwegian Sky sails four-day Bahamas cruises on Mondays with full-day 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.

For foliage seekers, NCL will offer a variety of Canada & New England sailings from New York and Boston. In the fall of 2010, Norwegian Dawn will sail four seven-day Canada & New England cruises from New York, along with Norwegian Jewel sailing three 10-day Canada & New England cruises from New York. Norwegian Dawn’s ports of call include Halifax, Nova Scotia; Saint John, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick; Bar Harbor, Maine; Boston, Massachusetts; and Newport, Rhode Island. Norwegian Jewel’s 10-day Canada & New England itinerary includes: Newport, Rhode Island; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Quebec City, Quebec; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; and Sydney, Nova Scotia.

From Boston, Norwegian Spirit will sail a series of four seven-day Canada & New England itineraries from September 25, 2010 through October 16, 2010, with alternating departures from Boston and Quebec. Ports of call from Boston include: Bar Harbor, Maine; Saint John, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick; Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia; and Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Ports of call from Quebec include: Sept-Iles, Quebec; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Portland, Maine, along with a cruise of the Saguenay Fjord. These sailings can also be combined into a port-rich 14-day cruise for the ultimate fall foliage experience.

Guests looking for a taste of Freestyle Cruising can sample one of NCL’s one-, two-, or three-night getaways in 2010-2011 on Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Jewel and Norwegian Spirit from London, New York, Miami and Boston.

These cruises go on sale Feb. 12, 2009.

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For our family---this is way cool news! We won't have to fight going back & forth to Miami when we want to cruise AND use our Orlando timeshare on one trip!!!

 

And having cruised the Sun twice previously, we know the ship! :D

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Does this mean that if I don't schedule an around the horn south america cruise in 09/10, I won't get one? I was hoping to do that route in 10/11. RC pulled out too? i wonder who I will have to cruise with, I was looking forward to doing that one in a couple years.

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I don't want to be mean or greedy but I am disappointed. NCL has said that the only reason they can't replace the Majesty in Charleston is because they don't have a ship to deploy to that port. Now all of a sudden one is available and being moved to Port Canaveral which already has many ships and another huge one (Carnival Dream) to be arriving shortly.

I know none of them are NCL but there are still many choices.

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I don't want to be mean or greedy but I am disappointed. NCL has said that the only reason they can't replace the Majesty in Charleston is because they don't have a ship to deploy to that port. Now all of a sudden one is available and being moved to Port Canaveral which already has many ships and another huge one (Carnival Dream) to be arriving shortly.

I know none of them are NCL but there are still many choices.

 

Who at NCL told you that the reason for no ship in Charleston is there weren't enough ships?

 

The Charleston market is particularly price sensitive, meaning that if the rate goes up $40/person, sales stop...it's not a very lucrative market for a cruise line.

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We have to wait until Feb 12th???? Can we research it anywhere yet??

 

Well, the press release says when the sailings start, it says where they go. There is plenty of info available about the ship. And the 12th is only 2 days away. I'll contain my excitement for a while ;)

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NCL TO SAIL FROM PORT CANAVERAL TO THE CARIBBEAN IN 2010-2011

 

 

 

Caribbean sailings from Port Canaveral & Miami; Bahamas cruises from Miami;



 

 

Canada & New England and Getaway sailings on sale Feb. 12, 2009

 

 

as part of 2010-2011 deployment

 

 

MIAMI – February 10, 2009 – Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) today announced that for the first time in more than 11 years, the company will homeport a ship seasonally at Port Canaveral, Florida beginning October 2010. The 1,936-passenger Norwegian Sun, purpose-built for Freestyle Cruising, will sail alternating seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, 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. In addition, Port Canaveral offers our guests a wide range of pre- and post-cruise packages with the ability to visit a number of family attractions.”

 

Norwegian Sun’s seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruise will stop in Nassau, Bahamas; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten. The ship’s seven-day Western Caribbean will call in Cozumel, Mexico; Santo Tomás de Castilla, Guatemala; Belize City, Belize and Key West, Florida. Since there is no port repetition between the two itineraries, they can be easily combined to create a port-rich 14-day Caribbean tour.

 

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, Florida. 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. For guests seeking a full Caribbean escape, these two Norwegian Pearl itineraries can be combined into a 14-day Eastern and Western Caribbean cruise. Norwegian Dawn will sail alternating five-day Western Caribbean and nine-day Southern Caribbean cruises from November 14, 2010 through April 22, 2011. Ports of call on the Western Caribbean sailing include: George Town, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico. Norwegian Dawn’s Southern Caribbean itinerary includes: Samaná, Dominican Republic; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; St. John’s, Antigua; Bridgetown, Barbados; and Basseterre, St. Kitts. Norwegian Dawn’s five- and nine-day sailings can be combined to create a 14-day Caribbean cruise with no port repetition.

Also from Miami, NCL has extended Norwegian Sky’s three and four day cruises to the Bahamas through April 18, 2011. The 2,002-passenger Norwegian Sky sails four-day Bahamas cruises on Mondays with full-day 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.

For foliage seekers, NCL will offer a variety of Canada & New England sailings from New York and Boston. In the fall of 2010, Norwegian Dawn will sail four seven-day Canada & New England cruises from New York, along with Norwegian Jewel sailing three 10-day Canada & New England cruises from New York. Norwegian Dawn’s ports of call include Halifax, Nova Scotia; Saint John, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick; Bar Harbor, Maine; Boston, Massachusetts; and Newport, Rhode Island. Norwegian Jewel’s 10-day Canada & New England itinerary includes: Newport, Rhode Island; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Quebec City, Quebec; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; and Sydney, Nova Scotia.

From Boston, Norwegian Spirit will sail a series of four seven-day Canada & New England itineraries from September 25, 2010 through October 16, 2010, with alternating departures from Boston and Quebec. Ports of call from Boston include: Bar Harbor, Maine; Saint John, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick; Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia; and Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Ports of call from Quebec include: Sept-Iles, Quebec; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Portland, Maine, along with a cruise of the Saguenay Fjord. These sailings can also be combined into a port-rich 14-day cruise for the ultimate fall foliage experience.

Guests looking for a taste of Freestyle Cruising can sample one of NCL’s one-, two-, or three-night getaways in 2010-2011 on Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Jewel and Norwegian Spirit from London, New York, Miami and Boston.

These cruises go on sale Feb. 12, 2009.

 

I'm liking this, wonder if it has anything to do with all the trouble they are having at the Port of Miami, 1st pull our the Jewel now this, hmmmmm.

Guess my PCC will be getting a call again soon!!!!

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Port Canaveral is not a surprise to me at all. It has been a long time coming. Port Canaveral is a great port to depart from. Nothing like the congestion in Miami! The folks that work at the port are far more friendlier than Miami based on our Disney and Royal Caribbean departures from there.

 

The part that surprises me is I almost bet a case of beer that the Norwegian Dream would be the ship for these sailings. She has been sitting empty just off of Freeport for months now. Not far from Port Canaveral. Guess she will continue to be in limbo for now. NCL, ever heard of Tampa? Bring the Dream to us now that the wonderful port of Port Canaveral has an NCL ship.

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I can't emphasis enough the advantages of departures from Port Canaveral. Hotels are very reasonable in nearby Cocoa Beach compared to Miami. We were also able to get free parking for a week at our hotel in Cocoa Beach when we stayed the night before our Royal Caribbean cruise. Try that in Miami... NCL has made a great decision!

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