(10:55 a.m. EST) -- Norwegian Cruise Line will play a little "musical chairs" with its biggest ships during the fall/winter 2019 to 2020 season, moving four of its five biggest ships to new homeports.
Among the changes: Norwegian Bliss will move to New York; Norwegian Getaway will move to New Orleans; Norwegian Breakaway will move to Port Canaveral; and Norwegian Epic will move to San Juan. The changes follow another recent announcement by Norwegian, in which the line said it will send its biggest ships to the Caribbean in 2019. Below is a breakdown of the itineraries each ship will sail.
Norwegian Bliss, which officially debuts in Seattle this summer and then repositions to Miami in the fall, will make another move for the winter 2019/2020 season -- this time to New York City, beginning November 24, 2019. From the Big Apple, it will offer 18 different cruises, including seven- and eight-night Bahamas and Florida sailings, along with longer 12- and 14-night cruises to the Southern and Western Caribbean. Norwegian Bliss will be joined by Norwegian Gem in New York City starting in December 2019; Gem will offer a seven-night Bahamas and Florida cruise that includes an overnight stay and two days in Orlando.
Norwegian's second Breakaway-class ship will replace Norwegian Breakaway on cruises from New Orleans in 2019. For the first time ever, Norwegian Getaway will sail a mix of seven-, night and 12-night cruises to the Western Caribbean from New Orleans beginning November 8, 2019.
Norwegian Breakaway will begin sailing from New Orleans in November 2018.
Another first will be Norwegian Epic's move to San Juan from December 8, 2019 through March 15, 2020; it will be the largest ship to homeport from the city. Epic will sail the Southern Caribbean on one-week to 11-night voyages with calls in Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Barbados, Antigua, St. Maarten and St. Thomas.
Norwegian Breakaway will reposition from Miami to Port Canaveral in November 2019. The ship will then spend the 2019/2020 winter season sailing one-week Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, departing every Saturday.
Although not a new homeport for Norwegian Escape, the ship will return to its original U.S. homeport of Miami on November 23, 2019 after a year and a half stay in NYC. From Miami, the ship will sail one-week Western Caribbean cruises through April 18, 2020. Before it repositions, however, Escape will end its stay in New York City with four seven-night, roundtrip Canada and New England sailings with calls in Portland and Bar Harbor, Maine; Saint John, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick; and Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Other Notable Changes
- Norwegian Dawn will return to Tampa, sailing primarily one-week Western Caribbean itineraries from November 24, 2019 through March 22, 2020.
- Norwegian Star will replace Norwegian Sun in South America beginning December 2019. It will offer two-week sailings from Santiago (San Antonio), Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Eastbound sailings depart from Santiago on December 21, January 18 and February 15, while the Westbound cruises depart from Buenos Aires on January 4, February 1 and February 29.
--By Dori Saltzman, Senior Editor