(11:24 a.m. EDT) -- As demand for Cuba sailings continues to rise, Norwegian Cruise Line will deploy a second ship -- Norwegian Sun -- to the region. The vessel will also serve as the line's second alcohol-inclusive ship.
Beginning in May 2018, following a 2.5-week dry dock, Norwegian Sun will begin sailing from Port Canaveral, offering four-day itineraries to Havana and Key West (beginning May 2018), as well as three-day voyages to the Bahamas.
During the refurbishment, the ship will receive Project Edge upgrades, which might include cabin overhauls and the addition of venues that are popular on other Norwegian ships.
The ship will also include soda, juice and alcohol in its fares -- a concept introduced on Norwegian Sky in 2015. Norwegian Sky homeports in Miami and is the only Norwegian vessel to visit Cuba and provide a beverage-inclusive experience.
"Our all-inclusive model aboard Norwegian Sky has been very well-received, and as we evaluated the opportunity to expand upon that concept, we felt that Port Canaveral was the ideal location to offer our guests a value-rich on board experience and exciting action-packed ports-of-call, including an overnight call in Havana, Cuba," Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer for Norwegian Cruise Line, said in a statement.
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--By Ashley Kosciolek, Editor