(1:50 p.m.) -- Less than a week after Carnival officially redeployed its New Orleans-based Carnival Conquest to Galveston, NCL has announced that its Norwegian Sun will be moved from New Orleans to Houston due to the indefinite closure of the port of New Orleans.
Norwegian Sun was scheduled to begin a seven-night Western Caribbean cruise program from New Orleans on October 16, 2005, after the culmination of a Panama Canal voyage. The ship will now return to Houston instead of New Orleans, and sail a slightly amended itinerary through January 8, 2006 (port calls remain the same -- Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Belize City and Roatan -- but in a different order). It will then reposition to Miami where it will sail one four-day cruise to the Bahamas on January 17, 2006, and a series of alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries thereafter; because of the timing of the repositioning, Norwegian Sun's January 15, 2006 sailing has been canceled.
Norwegian Sun guests booked as of September 1, 2005 who choose one of the revised sailings from Houston or Miami will receive a $50 per-person onboard credit ($100 maximum per cabin); those booked on Norwegian Sun's canceled January 15 sailing can choose a Norwegian Dream sailing out of Houston or a Norwegian Sun sailing out of Houston or Miami, and will receive $50 per-person onboard credit.
Passengers booked on Norwegian Sun beginning January 21, 2006 can choose an itinerary out of Miami, or transfer to Norwegian Dream out of Houston (Norwegian Dream's itinerary features calls into Cozumel, Roatan, Belize City and Cancun).
Guests who have booked air transportation through NCL's Air/Sea program, including those on the affected Panama Canal sailing, will receive assistance in rebooking flights to or from Houston and Miami/Ft. Lauderdale. All guests who elect not to sail may cancel with no penalty through September 30, 2005.
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NCL Moves Sun from New Orleans to Houston
September 6, 2005