Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) announced details of its winter 2015/16 season that will feature a new ship for Miami, a new seasonal home port in Port Canaveral, a new private destination, and a return to South America. According to a March 12, 2014 press release received by Examiner, the winter season will run from October 2015 to April 2016 from nearly a dozen home ports in Europe, North America, and South America.
Norwegian Breakaway will offer two separate itineraries from New York City. The ship will sail seven-night cruises to Port Canaveral, Nassau, and Great Stirrup Cay between Oct. 25 and Nov. 22, 2015, Dec. 13 through Dec. 17, 2015, and Feb. 14 through April 17, 2016. She will also offer 12-night cruises to the southern Caribbean on Nov. 29, 2015 and Jan. 3, Jan. 17, and Jan. 31, 2016.
Norwegian Dawn will offer seven-night western Caribbean cruises out of New Orleans between Nov. 15, 2015 and April 24, 2016. She will call on Cozumel, Costa Maya, Roatán, and the line’s new private destination, Harvest Caye.
Norwegian Epic, sailing year-round from Barcelona, will offer 10-, 11-, and 12-day cruises to the western Mediterranean or Canary Islands and Monaco between Nov. 29, 2015 and April 7, 2016.
Norwegian Escape, set to debut in October 2015, will arrive in Miami on Nov. 8, 2015 after a 10-night repositioning cruise from Southampton. Effective Nov. 14, she will sail year-round, seven-night eastern Caribbean cruises from Miami to Tortola, St. Thomas, and Nassau.
Norwegian Gem will offer 10-night eastern Caribbean cruises from New York City to San Juan, St. Thomas, Tortola, and Philipsburg from Oct. 10, 2015 through April 11, 2016.
Norwegian Getaway will offer year-round, seven-night western Caribbean cruises from Miami to Ocho Rios, Cozumel, Georgetown, and Great Stirrup Cay starting Nov. 15, 2015.
Norwegian Jade, after several years in Europe, will reposition to Houston, from where she will sail week-long cruises to Cozumel, Roatán, and Harvest Caye from Nov. 14, 2015 through April 16, 2016.
Norwegian Jewel will spend most of the season on seven-night Mexican Riviera cruises from Los Angeles, and will also offer four full transits of the Panama Canal. Her winter season runs from Oct. 4, 2015 to April 24, 2016; Panama Canal transits of 13 or 15 nights will depart Los Angeles on Jan. 3 and Jan. 31 and will leave from Miami on Jan. 18 and Feb. 16, 2016.
Norwegian Pearl will make a series of 10- and 11-night partial transits of the Panama Canal from Miami. Departures will be from Nov. 9, 2015 to January 1, 2016 and from March 18 to April 8, 2016. These roundtrip cruises will call on Oranjestad, Cartegena, Colón, and Puerto Limón.
Norwegian Spirit, after repositioning from Europe, will offer seven-night eastern and western Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral between Nov. 21, 2015 and April 16, 2016. The eastern Caribbean cruises will call on Tortola, St. Thomas, and Nassau; the western Caribbean cruises will visit Ocho Rios, Cozumel, Georgetown, and Great Stirrup Cay.
Norwegian Star, after repositioning from Europe, will offer six- and seven-night western Caribbean cruises from Tampa from Oct. 19, 2015 through April 10, 2016. Ports of call will include Roatán, Costa Maya, Cozumel, and Harvest Caye.
Norwegian Sun will begin the season in the Mexican Riviera and end it in South America. The ship will make three, 11-night cruises in October 2015 from San Diego to Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, La Paz, Cabo San Lucas, and Ensenada. From November 2015 to April 2016, she will make 14-night voyages between Santiago and Buenos Aires, including a rounding of Cape Horn.
While not mentioned in the press release, the NCL website shows that Norwegian Sky will continue her 3- and 4-night Bahamas cruises from Miami.
The complete schedule of sailings, including repositioning cruises at the beginning and end of the winter season, may be found on NCL’s website. For more information, contact your travel agent or NCL.