MIAMI – Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has opened bookings for its brand new cruises to Cuba and the Caribbean aboard Norwegian Sun, which sails roundtrip from Miami for a limited season this fall.
The ship will sail six seven-day cruises on Sundays from Sept. 9 through Oct. 14 to ports that include Havana, Cuba; Great Stirrup Cay, NCL’s private island in the Bahamas; Costa Maya, Mexico; and Harvest Caye, Belize.
The nine-day Cuba and Caribbean cruises will expand upon the ship’s seven-day sailings, and also include additional visits to Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras and Cozumel, Mexico.
Those wishing to cross the Panama Canal can do so aboard Norwegian Sun’s 13-day ‘Cuba, Caribbean and the Panama Canal’ cruise, departing from Miami on Oct. 30. While journeying from the Caribbean to Central and South America and back again, guests will visit Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Cartagena and Santa Marta, Colombia; and Oranjestad, Aruba, among others.
NCL has also added a new five-day cruise to Cuba and the Bahamas from Port Canaveral on Sept. 3. The cruise will round out the ship’s season sailing from the Space Coast with an afternoon visit to Key West, Florida before heading to Havana for an overnight stay, followed by a beach day on Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas.
Looking ahead to 2019, NCL has also announced summer itineraries featuring five ships sailing in Europe, three cruising to Alaska, two calling on Bermuda, as well as itineraries that include the Bahamas & Florida, the Caribbean, Canada & New England, and the Hawaiian islands.
Here are some highlights from summer 2019:
- ALASKA: Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Pearl and Norwegian Jewel will all cruise to the Last Frontier. After making its debut in summer 2018, Norwegian Bliss will return for its second Alaska season, sailing new seven-day Glacier Bay voyages departing each Sunday from Seattle, beginning May 5 through Sept. 22, 2019. Norwegian Pearl will sail seven-day Alaska cruises from Seattle departing on Saturdays from May 18 through Sept. 21, while Norwegian Jewel, after a bow-to-stern enhancement in fall 2018, will sail seven-day Glacier Bay northbound and Inside Passage southbound Alaska voyages.
- BAHAMAS & FLORIDA: Norwegian Dawn will return to her very first homeport of New York City as essentially a new ship, after undergoing bow to stern enhancements in late 2016. Norwegian Dawn will set sail from Manhattan on seven-day cruises to the Bahamas and Florida, bringing guests the best of beaches, theme parks and sunshine from May 25 to August 31, 2019.
- BERMUDA: Guests sailing from Boston will explore Bermuda from a newer and larger ship, Norwegian Gem, a Jewel-class ship that will homeport in Beantown from March 29 through Nov. 8, 2019. Norwegian Escape, which will moves to New York City for summer 2018, will sail to Bermuda from April 14-Oct. 20, while both Norwegian Gem and Norwegian Escape will offer seven-day cruises to Bermuda featuring three full days in port and two overnight stays.
- CANADA & NEW ENGLAND: Norwegian Dawn will offer four, seven-day cruises to this spectacular coast line in May and June 2019, with calls in Halifax, Nova Scotia; Saint John, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick; Bar Harbor and Portland, Maine; and Newport, Rhode Island.
- CARIBBEAN: As one of the largest ships in the fleet, the 4,000-passenger Norwegian Breakaway will homeport in Miami for ITS summer 2019 season and cruise a mix of Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries. Norwegian Breakaway’s seven-day Western Caribbean itineraries will visit Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras; Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico; and Harvest Caye, Belize. Norwegian Breakaway’s seven-day Eastern Caribbean itinerary will feature popular ports-of-call including St. Thomas, USVI; Tortola, BVI; Nassau, Bahamas and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
- EUROPE: From June 7 through August 27, 2019, Norwegian Getaway will sail a variety of nine-day sailings with ports-of-call that include Berlin (Warnemünde), Germany; Tallinn, Estonia; Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm, Sweden; an overnight in St. Petersburg, Russia and a day cruising past the Stockholm Archipelago.
The Norwegian Epic will return to Europe in summer 2019 to sail seven-day Western Mediterranean cruises, with embarkation available in either Barcelona and Rome (Civitavecchia), showcasing the best of Italy, France and Spain and departing from May 12 through Nov. 3, 2019.
Following an extensive renovation in 2017, Norwegian Jade will spend its summer 2019 season cruising the Greek Isles & Italy from May 12 through Oct. 24, 2019. Ten- and 11-day itineraries from Rome (Civitavecchia) will feature calls in Santorini, Athens (Piraeus), Mykonos, and Crete (Chania), Greece; Valletta, Malta; Messina, Sicily; as well as Naples and Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy.
Norwegian Star will also sail the Greek Isles and Eastern Mediterranean, offering primarily seven-day cruises with a small selection of nine-, 10-, 11-, and 12-day sailings departing from Venice, Italy from May 12 through Nov. 10, 2019. Calls include Corfu, Santorini, Mykonos and Cephalonia, as well as the Adriatic destinations of Kotor, Montenegro and Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Norwegian Spirit will homeport in Southampton for the summer of 2019 and sail a selection of 10-day or longer itineraries journeying to the British Isles, Iceland, Norwegian Fjords, the Arctic Circle, and the Baltics. Full itinerary details will be released when the ship opens for sale in mid-January.
- HAWAII: Norwegian is the only cruise line that offers a seven-day inter-island itinerary, on the U.S.-flagged Pride of America. The itinerary offers nearly 100 hours of port time in Hawaii’s main islands, including an overnight in Kahului, Maui; a call in Hilo; Kailua, Kona; an overnight in Nãwiliwili, Kauai; and an afternoon cruising past the Nãpali Coast. Norwegian’s Pride of America will depart from Honolulu every Saturday through April 2021.