|Norwegian Cruise Line, which pioneered the 21st-century "year-round from New York" cruise concept, makes headlines once again with the news that Norwegian Spirit will join Norwegian Dawn next year.|
Norwegian Spirit will, in essence, take over Norwegian Dawn's 10- and 11-night "exotic Caribbean" itineraries, beginning in November 2005. The ship will call at a blend of Eastern and Southern Caribbean islands, such as St. Thomas, Antigua, Barbados, St. Maarten, Grenada, Dominica, and Tortola.
That frees Norwegian Dawn up to try out a different routing. While Norwegian Dawn will continue to offer its pioneering seven-night Florida voyages (with a couple of Bahamas calls to satisfy U.S. cabotage laws), in most weeks of the year, the ship will feature occasional 10- and 11-night trips that will focus on either Eastern or Western Caribbean ports. So, for instance, the Eastern-influenced itinerary will feature calls at St. Thomas, Tortola, St. Maarten, San Juan and the Bahamas. The Western-oriented trips will also stop at the Bahamas, as well as Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Honduras, Belize and Cozumel.
A handful of these sailings are offered in October and November, beginning in 2005 -- but the majority are on tap for the deepest of winter months.