Norwegian Cruise Lines has announced its 2003/2004 Caribbean schedule and the line, which is really emphasizing service there, is offering itineraries that, collectively, poke into every nook and cranny of the region.
Beyond its breadth of ports of call, the biggest highlight of the Norwegian slate is its positioning of a Bahamas-bound ship out of New York during the summer months -- offering the only regularly scheduled Caribbean (well, the Bahamas isn’t quite the Caribbean but you get the point) service. The ship -- the brand new Norwegian Dawn, which launches January 2003 in the Caribbean -- will call at Nassau and at Great Stirrup Cay, the line’s private island. The ship will also stop in Port Canaveral.
This is good news for New York-based cruise travelers since that city is, in summer, more traditionally used as a home port for Bermuda- and New England/Maritime Canada-oriented voyages.
NCL will position seven different ships (including Norway) in the Caribbean throughout the year and offer a range of trip lengths from three-to-seven days. All ships will be based out of U.S. ports, as part of the cruise line’s self-coined “homeland cruising” program; these, beyond New York, include more usual suspects like Miami, Port Canaveral and San Juan.