NCL announces five freestyle ships sailing the Caribbean in 2012

NCL announces five freestyle ships sailing the Caribbean in 2012

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.

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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