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Norwegian Cruise Line Shuffling Cruise Ships to New Homeports in 2020

Norwegian Cruise Line is shuffling the homeports for several of their mega ships for the 2020-2021 cruise season.  This includes Norwegian Joy sailing from Miami and Norwegian Escape offering cruises out of Port Canaveral for the first time.  Several of these new itineraries include a stop at the recently announced new cruise port being built in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.

Here is a rundown of where 12 Norwegian cruise ships will be sailing from in 2020-2021.

Norwegian Joy will set sail from the Cruise Capital of the world, PortMiami, for the first time and cruise a variety of five-to-seven-day Western and Eastern Caribbean cruises in late 2020. Beginning October 24, the cruise ship’s Western Caribbean cruises will include calls to Roatan Island, Honduras; Harvest Caye, Belize; Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico. The Eastern Caribbean voyages will include port stops in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands and Norwegian’s private island, Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas.

Following her first summer season in the Big Apple, Norwegian Encore will return to Miami to sail seven-day cruises to the Western Caribbean with calls to Roatan Island, Honduras; Harvest Caye, Belize; and Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico. She will also sail 12-to-13-day cruises through the Panama Canal, with visits to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; Kralendijk, Bonaire; Willemstad, Curacao; Oranjestad, Aruba; Santa Marta and Cartagena, Colombia; Colon, Panama; and Puerto Limon, Costa Rica.

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For the first time, beginning November 21, Norwegian Escape will homeport in Port Canaveral, sailing five-and-seven-day Western Caribbean itineraries with calls to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Cayman Islands; and Ocho Rios, Jamaica. The cruise ship will also sail two four-day Bahamas cruises with visits to Nassau, Freeport and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas.

Following her summer season in Miami, Norwegian Breakaway will return to New Orleans on November 22, cruising seven-day voyages to the Western Caribbean with calls to Roatan Island, Honduras; Harvest Caye, Belize; and Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico.

Beginning December 20, Norwegian Epic returns to San Juan, Puerto Rico to sail seven-day cruises to the crystal blue waters of the Southern Caribbean with visits to Willemstad, Curacao; Oranjestad, Aruba; Castries, St. Lucia; Basseterre, St. Kitts; and Kralendijk, Bonaire.

As of November 30, Norwegian Gem will once again cruise from New York, sailing a variety of 10-,11-,12- and 14-day Southern Caribbean voyages with calls to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; St. John’s, Antigua; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; Bridgetown, Barbados; Castries, St. Lucia; Basseterre, St. Kitts; St. Maarten, Netherlands; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Beginning in December, Norwegian Getaway will sail select seven-and-eight-day cruises to the Bahamas and Florida from New York which will include calls to Port Canaveral, Florida; Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. The cruise ship will also cruise five-day Eastern Caribbean voyages out of Miami, with stops in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas as well as seven-day Western Caribbean cruises with calls to Roatan Island, Honduras; Harvest Caye, Belize; and Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico.

Norwegian Jade will call Tampa, Fla. her home beginning Nov. 22 and will sail a variety of Western and Southern Caribbean cruises through April 11. Seven-day cruises to the Western Caribbean will include calls to Roatan Island, Honduras; Harvest Caye, Belize; and Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico while Southern Caribbean cruises will visit George Town, Cayman Islands; Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curacao; Kralendijk, Bonaire; Castries, St. Lucia; Basseterre, St. Kitts; St. John’s, Antigua; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.

Norwegian Pearl will also sail a mix of Western and Southern Caribbean cruises as well as Panama Canal and Bahamas itineraries from Miami beginning November 4.

Beginning October 18, Norwegian Bliss will return to Los Angeles to sail an array of voyages including five-to-seven-day cruises to the Mexican Riviera with visits to Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, and Ensenada. She will embark on select 16-day Panama Canal cruises from Los Angeles to Miami and back, featuring calls to Santa Marta and Cartagena, Colombia; Willemstad, Curacao; Oranjestad, Aruba; Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; and Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

While in Miami, the cruise ship will sail seven-day Eastern Caribbean voyages with stops in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas.

Recently renovated with bow-to-stern enhancements, Norwegian Jewel will embark on select bucket-list 10-to-16-day Hawaii and French Polynesia voyages, as well as Australia and New Zealand cruises beginning October 9. The ship’s Hawaii and French Polynesia voyages will include calls to Bora Bora, Moorea and Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia; Lahaina, Maui; Nãwiliwili, Kauai; and Hilo and Kona, both part of the Big Island of Hawaii. Her popular Australia and New Zealand cruises will visit some of New Zealand’s most beautiful destinations including Milford Sound, Doubtful Fjord, Dusky Fjord, Dunedin, Picton, Wellington, Napier, Tauranga, Bay of Islands, Gisborne, Lyttelton, and Auckland.

Beginning December 19, Norwegian Star will sail 14-day South American cruises with calls to Montevideo and Punta Del Este, Uruguay; Puerto Madryn, Argentina; Stanley, Falkland Islands; Ushuaia, Argentina; Punta Arenas, Cape Horn, Puerto Chacabuco and Puerto Montt, Chile; Roatan Island, Honduras; Harvest Caye, Belize; and Costa Maya, Mexico.

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