NCL Corporation today introduced its 2008/09 Caribbean sailings from New York, which include Norwegian Gem, its newest ship, sailing from New York through the winter, along with Norwegian Spirit offering alternating six-day Bahamas and Florida cruises and eight-day Eastern Caribbean voyages. Caribbean itineraries from New York are on sale now.
“NCL initiated year-round cruising from New York with Norwegian Dawn in 2003,” said Colin Veitch, NCL’s president and CEO. “And now, we are placing our newest Jewel-class ship, Norwegian Gem, in New York for its inaugural season, so that our guests sailing from New York can experience the ultimate Freestyle Cruising experience.”
As previously announced, Norwegian Gem begins 2008 by sailing four 10- and 11-day Exotic Southern Caribbean sailings from New York. The 10-day cruise features St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; St. John’s, Antigua; Bridgetown, Barbados; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Tortola, British Virgin Islands. The 11-day includes stops in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; St. John’s, Antigua; Bridgetown, Barbados; St. Georges, Grenada; Roseau, Dominica; and Tortola, British Virgin Islands. From mid-February to mid-April 2008, the ship will sail nine seven-day Bahamas and Florida cruises with stops in Orlando (Port Canaveral), Florida; Great Stirrup Cay; and Key West, Florida. The ship departs for a summer season in Europe on April 19, 2008.
Norwegian Gem returns to New York on November 29, 2008 for the winter and continues to sail a mix of the seven-day Bahamas and Florida cruises, along with the 10-day Exotic Southern Caribbean sailings through April 11, 2009.
Norwegian Spirit returns to New York from New Orleans in mid-April 2008 offering alternating eight-day Eastern Caribbean sailings departing on Saturdays and six-day Bahamas and Florida sailings departing on Sundays through August 31, 2008. The Eastern Caribbean itinerary includes an overnight in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; and stops in Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Samana, Dominican Republic. The six-day Bahamas and Florida includes a stop in Orlando (Port Canaveral), Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; and an overnight at Great Stirrup Cay.
From September 6 through October 12, 2008, Norwegian Spirit will sail alternating one-night Dinner and Dance cruises* and six-day Canada and New England voyages*. On its return to New Orleans, the ship will sail a unique 13-day Circle the Caribbean repositioning cruise* from New York to New Orleans on October 18, 2008 with stops in Samana, Dominican Republic; St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curacao; Belize City, Belize; RoatÃƒÂ¡n, Bay Islands, Honduras; and Cozumel, Mexico.
NCL Corporation Ltd. is an innovative cruise company headquartered in Miami, Florida, with a fleet of 14 ships in service and under construction. The corporation oversees the operations of Norwegian Cruise Line, NCL America, and Orient Lines. The company recently took delivery of its newest ship, Norwegian Pearl, and is currently building Norwegian Gem for delivery in October of 2007. In addition, NCL plans to build up to three new third generation Freestyle Cruising ships for delivery between 2009 and 2011.
NCL is on target to have the youngest fleet in the industry by the end of 2007 with the introduction of Norwegian Gem, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy the flexibility of Freestyle Cruising on the newest, most contemporary ships at sea.
Detailed information on the itineraries will be available on www.ncl.com in the next few days. For high resolution, downloadable images, please log onto NCL’s website at www.ncl.com/pressroom. For further information on NCL Corporation, contact a travel agent or NCL in the U.S. and Canada at (800) 327-7030.