Norwegian Cruise Line, which already has announced it will move Norwegian Star out of Hawaii to make room for Pride of America, has given the ship a new seasonal homeport. And, as with Norwegian Dawn's unusual positioning year-round in New York (not to mention its ports of call), the itinerary is absolutely unique in the industry.
Based out of Los Angeles, Norwegian Star will offer the cruise line's only regularly scheduled weekly (well, it's an 8-day) Mexican Riviera itinerary. But this one goes beyond the industry's usual Puerto Vallarta-Mazatlan-Cabo San Lucas calls, offering an overnight in Acapulco and a day at Zihuatanejo. Other ports on the Star's agenda include the more traditional Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas - plus three days at sea.
The company credits the ship's speed - 25 knots - with its ability to travel to further ports within a week's timeframe.
The 2,240-passenger Norwegian Star begins its Mexican Riviera cruises September 26 2004 and runs through April 30, 2005.