Norwegian Cruise Line Announces 2010-2011 Winter Deployment

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) yesterday announced its 2010-2011 winter deployment, with ships based in Europe and North America. The 2,402-passenger Norwegian Jade will sail from Barcelona, Spain year-round, while Norwegian Jewel will join Norwegian Gem to sail from New York. From New Orleans, the newly refurbished Norwegian Spirit will operate cruises to the Caribbean and Norwegian Star will sail to the Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles.

 

Norwegian Jade will sail alternating 12- and 9-night cruises from its homeport of Barcelona, Spain. The 12-night Eastern Mediterranean sailings will call at Rome, Italy; Athens, Greece; Ephesus, Turkey; Alexandria, Egypt; and Valletta, Malta. The 9-night Canary Islands & Morocco sailings include stops in Casablanca and Agadir, Morocco; Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands; Funchal, Madeira; and Granada, Spain. Both itineraries can be easily combined to create a port-rich 21-night European tour.

 

The 2,376-passenger Norwegian Jewel homeports for the first time in New York, along with the 2,380-passenger Norwegian Gem. Both ships will sail a series of 10-night Eastern Caribbean cruises with stops in San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; St. John’s, Antigua; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Tortola, British Virgin Islands. The vessels will also operate 7-day Bahamas & Florida cruises with stops in Orlando,  Florida; Great Stirrup Cay (NCL’s private island) and Nassau, Bahamas.

 

Norwegian Spirit, which underwent a multi-million dollar refurbishment in 2008, returns to New Orleans sailing a series of 7-night Western Caribbean cruises. Ports of call include: Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico; Santo Tomás de Castilla, Guatemala; and Belize City, Belize. Norwegian Star sails back to Los Angeles to operate 7-night Mexican Riviera cruises with stops in Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

 

Miami-based NCL operates 11 purpose-built cruise ships and is best known for its “freestyle Cruising” concept. The cruise line currently has a 3rd generation ship, the 4,200-passenger Norwegian Epic under construction and due to enter service in 2010.

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