Norwegian Cruise Line’s 2,018-passenger Norwegian Spirit will arrive in her new homeport of New Orleans on Sunday, November 7, 2010. This marks the first time Norwegian is homeporting a ship year-round in New Orleans with weekly seven-day Western Caribbean cruises departing every Sunday through April 8, 2012. Norwegian has homeported cruise ships in New Orleans seasonally since 2003 and was the first line to return to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.
“We are thrilled to return to the Crescent City, which has been a popular seasonal homeport for us,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “By bringing Norwegian Spirit to New Orleans year-round, we are able to open up the cruise market to more people that may not have experienced the incredible value of a Freestyle Cruising vacation.”
“The Port of New Orleans and the City thanks Norwegian Cruise Line for their ongoing commitment and investment in Louisiana,” said Port of New Orleans President and CEO Gary LaGrange. “Norwegian plays a critical role in Port-related activity and our tourism industry as a whole. We are extremely excited about Norwegian’s increased presence here and look forward to a long and successful partnership.”
The strong sense of community in New Orleans matches that of Norwegian Spirit’s crew members, often recognized for their outstanding community service work. In recent years, they have come together to donate goods and supplies to local orphanages and continue to assist with charitable activities in the ports they visit. Earlier this year, the ship led the first Tweetup for Good conducting humanitarian activities throughout the Western Caribbean which was simultaneously broadcast live via Twitter.
Norwegian Spirit features 12 Freestyle Dining options including Norwegian’s signature steak house, Cagney’s; 10 bars and lounges; two swimming pools with four hot tubs, a kid’s pool area with two water slides; a complimentary kid’s club and video arcade for teens; a casino; a full-service spa and salon; and a fitness center offering state-of-the-art exercise equipment. For those looking to experience the suite life on board Norwegian Spirit, luxurious amenities with exclusive butler and concierge service await. Two owner’s suites feature private bedrooms with queen-size beds, a living room and dining area, full bath with whirlpool tub and shower, and private balconies. For large families cruising together, penthouse suites can interconnect to create multiple bedroom configurations, with a separate bathroom and shower.
Norwegian Spirit’s seven-day Exotic Western Caribbean cruises will depart New Orleans every Sunday with ports of call including: Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico; RoatÃ¡n (Bay Islands), Honduras; and Belize City, Belize. Cruises are priced from $349 per person, based on double occupancy and excluding taxes and fees.
Guests can experience the rich history of the Crescent City on the “Past, Present and Perfect” shore excursion either before or after their cruise. The narrated bus tour takes guests to century-old landmarks through the French Quarter and follows the traditional route of Mardi Gras parades. While in the Caribbean, guests can tour ancient Mayan ruins in Costa Maya and Cozumel; or stroll through the popular Gumbalimba Park in RoatÃ¡n for a close look at native wildlife. In Belize, those looking for a one-of-a-kind adventure can zip-line through the forest followed by cave tubing in the undergrounds of the jungle.
To book a cruise on Norwegian Spirit, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 866-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784) or visit www.ncl.com.