Norwegian Cruise Line has announced a slew of ship itinerary and homeport changes over the next two years. One of the most exciting shuffles will happen when Norwegian Breakaway cruises from Port Canaveral in 2019.
Arriving on November 23, 2019, Norwegian Breakaway will be one of the largest ships to homeport on the Space Coast. The ship ill spend her winter 2019/20 season sailing seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries every Saturday.
Norwegian Breakaway features 27 dining options, more dining options than any other ship departing from Port Canaveral. The ship’s Western Caribbean cruises destinations includes Falmouth, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico. Norwegian Breakaway’s Eastern Caribbean sailings will visit the popular ports of St. Thomas, USVI; Tortola, BVI and Norwegian’s own exclusive, private island, Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas.
More cruise ships’ new itineraries
The new Norwegian Bliss, launching in summer 2018 will boast more than two dozen delectable dining venues with a total of 27 different options. Jersey Boys will be the big Broadway-style production show.
Norwegian Bliss will homeport in the heart of Manhattan beginning on November 24, 2019 and set sail each Sunday to the Bahamas and Port Canaveral in Florida. Norwegian Bliss will also offer longer 12 and 14-day winter season cruises to the Southern and Western Caribbean.
Norwegian Gem will kick off the 2019 holiday season with an eight-day Bahamas and Florida cruise from New York on December 13, 2019. This family-friendly itinerary includes an overnight stay and two days in Orlando and Port Canaveral, a day at Norwegian’s private island Great Stirrup Cay, and a call in Nassau, Bahamas.
Norwegian Dawn will cruise from Tampa for a five-day Bahamas & Florida cruise departing January 16, 2020. This itinerary features calls in Key West, Nassau, Bahamas and Norwegian’s private island, Great Stirrup Cay.
On December 1, 2019, Norwegian Bliss will begin a 12-day journey to the Southern Caribbean, calling on San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Basseterre, St. Kitts; Bridgetown, Barbados; Castries, St. Lucia; and St. John’s, Antigua. Norwegian Bliss will also offer a 14-day Southern Caribbean cruise on January 19, 2020, that will add calls to Tortola, British Virgin Islands and Philipsburg, St. Maarten.
Norwegian Getaway will sail a mix of seven, nine and 12-day cruises to the Western Caribbean from New Orleans beginning November 8, 2019 with calls to Costa Maya, Mexico; Harvest Caye, Belize; Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Ocho Rios, Jamaica on nine-day voyages. Norwegian Getaway’s seven-day Western Caribbean cruises will visit Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico; Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras; and Harvest Caye, Belize.
From December 8 through March 15, Norwegian Epic will homeport in San Juan. Cruises to the Southern Caribbean seven-day voyages will visit Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curacao; Kralendijk, Bonaire; Castries, St. Lucia; and Basseterre, St. Kitts. Longer 10- and 11-day cruises will add Bridgetown, Barbados; St. John’s, Antigua; Philipsburg, St. Maarten and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Norwegian Escape will return to Miami on November 23, 2019 and for seven-day Western Caribbean cruises through April 18, 2020.
Norwegian Dawn will return to Tampa from November 24, 2019 through March 22, 2020. The recently renovated Norwegian Dawn will sail primarily seven-day Western Caribbean cruises where guests will be able to explore a variety of ports-of-call including Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras; Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico; and the beautiful Harvest Caye, Belize.
Norwegian Gem heads back to the Big Apple from November 22, 2019 to March 16, 2020. Norwegian Gem will sail 10 and 11-day Southern Caribbean itineraries and one 14-day cruise from New York with ports-of-call that will include some the Caribbean’s most sun-kissed destinations including Basseterre, St. Kitts; St. John’s, Antigua; St. Thomas, USVI; and Castries, St. Lucia.
Canada & New England
Norwegian Escape will cruise from New York City for fall foliage season during the month of September 2019. Norwegian Escape will offer four roundtrip seven-day cruises from Manhattan to the picturesque Canadian coastline, with calls in Portland and Bar Harbor, Maine; Saint John, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick; and Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Norwegian Dawn and Norwegian Gem will offer a choice of Panama Canal cruises. Norwegian Gem will cruise from New York to San Francisco on a 20-day journey departing on January 4, 2020. There will be a return from San Francisco on a 21-day cruise to New York on January 24.
Norwegian Dawn will sail a 15-day cruise from New York to Tampa to the Panama Canal, departing on November 9, 2019. The sailing aboard Norwegian Dawn will feature calls on Willemstad, Curacao; Oranjestad, Aruba; Santa Marta and Cartagena, Colombia; a daytime transit of the Panama Canal, plus Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Roatán, Bay Island, Honduras; Harvest Caye, Belize; and Costa Maya, Mexico.
Norwegian Dawn also adds a 14-day roundtrip Panama Canal cruise from Tampa departing on December 1, 2019, with stops in George Town, Grand Cayman; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Cartagena, Colombia; and Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, among others.
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