Norwegian Cruise Line is sending its largest ship, the 4,000-guest Norwegian Epic, to Florida’s Space Coast with a seasonal deployment at Port Canaveral in winter 2016-17. It’s the first time the Epic will be stationed at the port.
The ship will sail a series of Eastern and Western Caribbean and Bahamas itineraries ranging in length from three to seven days. According to Norwegian president and COO Andy Stuart, there’s pent-up demand to cruise from Port Canaveral. It’s a “big opportunity for the Norwegian brand,” he adds.
Norwegian Epic’s seven-day Eastern Caribbean itinerary will be a beach-lover’s paradise with stops in Tortola, British Virgin Islands; St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. Guests can choose to soak-up the sun or opt for a land-based activity on Norwegian Epic’s Western Caribbean itinerary, featuring stops in Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas.
The ship also will offer guests who may not have the time to get away for a week-long vacation the opportunity for a quick escape in January and March 2017, with three- and four-day Bahamas itineraries calling at Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay.
Unveiling several redeployments this week, Norwegian also revealed it will return to Asia and Australia in the fall of 2016 with a slew of sailings aboard the 2,400-guest Norwegian Star. It’s one of the lines oldest ships, having launched in 2001, but was recently renovated. The cruise line hasn’t sailed in the region since 2002.
On Nov. 20, 2016, Norwegian Star will sail a 21-day Journey to the East from Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Singapore, featuring the brand’s first visit to India with an overnight in Mumbai and stops in Goa (Mormugao), Mangalore and Kochi (Cochin). Additional ports of call include Fujairah and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Muscat and Khasab, Oman; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Phuket, Thailand; Penang, Langkawi and Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Malaysia; and Singapore.
Throughout December 2016 and January 2017, Norwegian Star will do a series of 11- and 14-day sailings in Southeast Asia, departing from Singapore and Hong Kong respectively. On Jan. 16, 2017, Norwegian Star will sail a 21-day Southeast Asia and Australia itinerary from Hong Kong, China to Sydney, Australia. Ports of call include Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Vietnam; Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand; Singapore; Bali (Benoa) and Komodo, Indonesia; Darwin, Cairns, Airlie Beach, and Brisbane, Australia.
The ship will sail a 12-day Australia and New Zealand sailing on Feb. 6, 2017 from Sydney, Australia to Auckland, New Zealand. Ports of call for this adventure down under include Melbourne and Burnie, Australia; and Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Napier and Tauranga, New Zealand. Cruise fares vary based on itinerary.