Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that its 2011/12 winter/spring deployment includes two new seasonal homeports: Tampa and Rome (Civitavecchia), marking the first time Norwegian has initiated voyages from these cities. In addition, for the first time since 1999 the cruise line will visit Israel.
Guests cruising from Tampa on Norwegian Star will sail a 7 day Western Caribbean itinerary beginning October 16, 2011 through April 8, 2012. In Europe, Norwegian Jade will sail from Rome (Civitavecchia) on 11 day Mediterranean and Holy Land cruises, along with 10 day Eastern Mediterranean sailings, from October 15, 2011 to April 11, 2012.
In the Caribbean, Norwegian Pearl’s 7 day Western Caribbean cruise from Miami now includes Ocho Rios as a port of call. The company also announced new sailing dates for Pride of America in Hawaii.
‘Norwegian’s 2011/2012 winter/spring cruise season will be one of our most exciting Freestyle Cruising seasons yet with opportunities to sail from three cities in the Sunshine State, including from Miami on our newest ship Norwegian Epic,’ said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian’s chief executive officer. ‘We’ve also added an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cruise to five countries in 11 days on Norwegian Jade, which includes a visit to the Holy Land, a first for Norwegian since 1999.’
The new sailings went on sale February 23rd to Latitudes members (guests who have cruised with Norwegian before) along with the line’s top travel partners. The cruises open for sale to the public on Thursday, February 25, 2010. As part of Norwegian’s ‘Year of the Freestyle Vacation’ promotion, all new reservations through March 14, 2010 will receive up to a six-category upgrade. In addition, book any category suite including Penthouse, Deluxe Owners Suite, Courtyard Villa and Garden Villa through April 1, 2010 on a cruise departing at least nine months prior to sailing and receive up to $300 in on-board credits.
Details are available at www.ncl.com.