November 25, 2002
Norwegian, which earlier this week announced it would move Crown Odyssey from its sister Orient Lines to the big-fleet, has made other changes. The cruise line is, following numerous other companies, expanding its home port roster next year to include Baltimore, Houston and New Orleans. Specifically, Norwegian Sea will be based in Houston -- after summering in Bermuda -- on a year-round basis, sailing weeklong Western Caribbean itineraries. In November (next November) Norwegian Dream will head for New Orleans, where it will also sail seven day Western Caribbean voyages. The ship will continue regular summer and fall programs in the Europe-Baltics and Canada/New England. And Baltimore, which is fast becoming a hot-new port for cruise lines ranging from Celebrity to Carnival, will be graced with the presence of Orient Line's Crown Odyssey. That ship will be transferred back to NCL in September and will offer a unique itinerary out of "crab city" -- instead of heading southward to the Bahamas or Caribbean, the ship will sail Canada/New England routes. Crown Odyssey will winter in South America.