Caribbean cruises offer wide range of choice

Aug 16, 2003

Sailing to the Caribbean has never been easier than with Norwegian Cruise Line's (NCL) 2004-2005 Caribbean schedule. Passengers are now able to visit the world's most popular cruise destination from six ports aboard seven NCL Freestyle Cruising ships.

The deployment of these seven Freestyle cruise ships to the Caribbean will be highlighted by a series of unique aspects.

These include an extended list of 10- and 11-day itineraries on Norwegian Dawn from New York during the Northern winter; longer port calls in the exotic Southern Caribbean; and the only Western Caribbean itinerary offering Roatan, Honduras and Belize.
Under NCL's innovative Homeland Cruising program, the line will offer Caribbean departures from Charleston, S.C., Houston, New Orleans, Miami, New York and San Juan.

"NCL's reputation for innovation began more than 30 years ago when our company launched its first Caribbean cruises," said Colin Veitch, NCL's president and CEO. "We continue to pioneer intriguing Caribbean itineraries but now we offer them from six cities in the USA."

NCL's Caribbean deployment for 2004-2005 will feature:
The only cruise ship sailing year-round from Houston with Norwegian Sea
The only cruise line offering regularly scheduled, seven-day cruises from Charleston on board Norwegian Majesty
The only four-port, seven-day itinerary departing from New Orleans on board Norwegian Dream
The only exotic Western Caribbean itinerary from Miami offering Roatan and Belize sailing on Norwegian Sun
A seven-day deep Southern Caribbean itinerary offering full port days in Dominica and St. Kitts with Norwegian Sky
The only cruise ship sailing year-round from New York on board Norwegian Dawn
The only 10- and 11-day exotic Southern Caribbean cruises departing from New York in the winter on Norwegian Dawn

Norwegian Dawn, NCL's newest Freestyle Cruising ship will now offer an extended season of 10- and 11-day cruises departing roundtrip from New York in the winter between 4 January and 5 February 2004 and again from 7 November 2004 until 10 February 2005.

The 10-day cruises call at St. Thomas (US Virgin Islands); St. John's, Antigua; Bridgetown, Barbados; Philipsburg, St. Maarten and Tortola (British Virgin Islands) all with four relaxing days at sea. A special 10-day itinerary will be offered on the 15 January 2004 cruise, featuring calls in San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas; St. John's, Antigua; Roseau, Dominica, Philipsburg, St. Maarten and four days at sea.

The 11-day cruises feature relaxing calls in beautiful St. Thomas; St. John's, Antigua; Bridgetown, Barbados; St. George's, Grenada; Roseau, Dominica; and Tortola and also offers four sea days.

In addition to these longer Southern Caribbean cruises, Norwegian Dawn will continue to offer her innovative 7-day Bahamas & Florida itinerary throughout the rest of the year. Departing from New York on Sundays, Norwegian Dawn will take guests to Orlando (Port Canaveral) and Miami, Florida and Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas.

Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line is an industry innovator and the leader in roundtrip seven-day cruising from U.S. and Canadian ports, offering its popular Homeland Cruising program seasonally from Baltimore, Boston, Charleston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Orlando (Port Canaveral), San Juan, Seattle and Vancouver, and year round from New York, Miami, Houston and Honolulu.

For further information, contact American Express Travel Services in Cape Town: Tel 021-408 9700 or fax 021-408 9766. Please mention Ports & Ships when contacting them.

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