April 22, 2002
You’ve heard of “homeland security” -- now there’s “homeland cruising.” Norwegian Cruise Line has, at last, jumped on the “regional port-based itineraries” bandwagon and plans to deploy Norwegian Dawn to a seasonal home port in New York. In what amounts to an unusual combo of ports of call, the ship, which will sail seven-day itineraries from May - October, will call on the Bahamas, Miami, Port Canaveral and NCL’s private island. The New York-based voyages are the highlight of NCL’s 2003 schedule, which otherwise continues to emphasize the line’s hallmark -- Alaska, South America, Hawaii and the Caribbean. The 92,000 ton, 2,240-passenger Norwegian Dawn is NCL’s newest ship (and a sister to Norwegian Star); it’s due to launch in December 2002 (she’ll sail Caribbean voyages out of Miami in cold-weather months).