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Norwegian Announces Five Freestyle Cruising Ships Sailing to the Caribbean From Miami, Tampa and New Orleans in 2012/13

Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Jewel and Norwegian Sun to sail from Miami, offering more variety and new ports of call

Miami   -    Jan 4, 2011   ---   

Norwegian Cruise Line today announced its Caribbean deployment for the 2012/2013 season with itineraries from Miami, Tampa and New Orleans along with Repositioning, Panama Canal and Quick Getaway cruises.

 

These cruises go on sale to Norwegian's top travel partners and Latitudes members (past guests) today, January 4, 2011 and to the general public on Wednesday, January 5.

 

"Our 2012/2013 Caribbean cruise deployment offers an abundance of choice in departure ports, ships and itineraries for those looking to relax in the sun," said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian's chief executive officer. "We are excited to bring our newest and most innovative ship, Norwegian Epic, back to Miami along with offering the freedom and flexibility of Freestyle Cruising to the Caribbean from our homeports in Tampa and New Orleans."

 

In Miami, the 4,100 passenger Norwegian Epic will continue her alternating seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises departing on Saturdays from November 3, 2012 to April 13, 2013. The Eastern Caribbean cruises call on Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands with an optional tour to St. John; and Nassau, Bahamas. The Western Caribbean cruises stop in Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico; and Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras.

 

Norwegian Jewel, featuring Nickelodeon at Sea family programming along with Norwegian Epic, will also sail alternating seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises departing from Miami on Sundays from October 14, 2012 to April 14, 2013. The Eastern Caribbean cruises call on Samaná, Dominican Republic; St. Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands with an optional tour to St. John; Tortola, British Virgin Islands with an optional tour to Virgin Gorda; and Nassau, Bahamas. The Western Caribbean cruises visit Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian's private island in the Bahamas; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico.

 

In addition, Norwegian Sun will sail 10- and 11-day Southern Caribbean cruises from Miami from October 14, 2012 to April 10, 2013. The 10-day cruise calls on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands with an optional tour to St. John; Roseau, Dominica; Bridgetown, Barbados; Castries, St. Lucia; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten. The 11-day cruise calls on Cartagena, Colombia; Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curaçao; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands with an optional tour to St. John. Norwegian Sun will also sail one seven-day Western Caribbean cruise from Orlando and the Beaches (Port Canaveral) on April 14, 2012 with stops in Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; and Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian's private island in the Bahamas.

 

In Tampa, the 2,224-passenger Norwegian Dawn will replace Norwegian Star sailing 23 seven-day Western Caribbean cruises departing on Sundays from November 11, 2012 to April 14, 2013. The ship will call on Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico.

 

Norwegian Star will homeport in New Orleans during the winter and spring offering seven-day Western Caribbean cruises every Sunday with ports of call including Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; and Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras.

 

Norwegian will also offer 11 repositioning cruises ranging from a four-day Pacific Coastal to a 17-day Panama Canal from April 15 to October 26, 2012 departing from Miami, Tampa, New York, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Quebec. For the first time, the cruise line will offer a 16-day Colonial America cruise on Norwegian Dawn sailing from Quebec City, Quebec to Tampa, Florida on October 26, 2012 calling on Portland, Maine; Boston, Massachusetts; New York, New York; Baltimore, Maryland; Norfolk, Virginia; Charleston, South Carolina; Miami and Key West, Florida.

 

In addition, two-day Quick Getaways will be offered from Miami on board Norwegian Jewel on October 12, 2012 and from New York on board Norwegian Gem on September 28, 2012

 

To book these new sailings, please visit www.ncl.com; call 866-234-7350 or contact a travel professional. Also visit Norwegian's Facebook page at www.ncl.com/facebook to become a fan, vote for your favorite itinerary or be the first to boast about booking one of these exciting cruises.

 

About Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 44-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising, most notably with the introduction of Freestyle Cruising which has revolutionized the industry by allowing guests more freedom and flexibility.

 

Today, Norwegian has 11 purpose-built Freestyle Cruising ships, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed cruise vacation on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea. The Company has reached an agreement for two 143,000-gross ton vessels for delivery in 2013 and 2014.

 

Norwegian's largest and most innovative Freestyle Cruising ship, Norwegian Epic, debuted in June 2010. Norwegian Cruise Line is the official cruise line of Blue Man Group, debuting for the first time at sea on Norwegian Epic, as well as the official cruise line of Legends in Concert, Second City® Comedy Troupe, Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos, Gibson Guitar, and Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids. Cirque Dreams? & Dinner is also featured on board Norwegian Epic as the first show of its kind at sea under a big top.

 

High resolution, downloadable images are available at www.ncl.com/pressroom. For further information on Norwegian Cruise Line, visit www.ncl.com, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, watch us on YouTube, or contact us in the U.S. and Canada at 888- NCL-CRUISE (625-2784).

 

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AnneMarie Mathews
Vice President of Public Relations
Public Relations Department
7665 Corporate Center Drive
Miami, FL 33126
305-436-4713
publicrelations@ncl.com