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Norwegian Breakaway to Head to Port Canaveral

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Norwegian Cruise Line has revealed selections of their fall/winter 2019/2020 schedule, which will feature a great variety of cruises in the Caribbean, Bahamas, South America, and Canada/New England. Most of the line’s newest and largest vessels will be calling a new city home in 2019. Norwegian’s new itineraries will open for sale tomorrow, January 17 for returning guests and Thursday, January 18 for the general public.

Bahamas & Florida

The upcoming new ship Norwegian Bliss will be launching this summer, and will lead the youngest fleet sailing to the Bahamas from New York City for winter 2019/20. The ship will boast 27 dining options, a two-story electric racetrack, and Broadway-style shows. It will be the newest and largest ship sailing from the Big Apple with a wide range of itineraries – 18 to be exact. There will be 7 and 8-day Bahamas & Florida sailings, along with 12 and 14-day cruises to the southern and western Caribbean.

Norwegian Bliss will homeport in Manhattan beginning November 24, 2019 and set sail each Sunday for the Bahamas and Florida. Those cruises will stop in Port Canaveral, Nassau, and the line’s private island Great Stirrup Cay.

Norwegian Gem will kick off the 2019 holiday season with an 8-day Bahamas & Florida cruise from New York City on December 13, 2019. The family-friendly itinerary includes an overnight stay and two days in Port Canaveral (near Orlando), a call in Nassau, and a day in Great Stirrup Cay.

Those looking for a quick winter getaway can board Norwegian Dawn from Tampa for a five-day Bahamas & Florida cruise departing January 16, 2020. The schedule includes stops in Key West, Nassau, and Great Stirrup Cay.

Caribbean

On December 1, 2019, Norwegian Bliss will begin a 12-day journey to the Southern Caribbean, stopping in San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Barbados, St. Lucia, and Antigua on the way. The vessel will also offer a 14-day Southern Caribbean cruise on January 19 that will additionally call in Tortola and St. Maarten. Guests looking for a western Caribbean extended 14-day cruise on Bliss have two dates to choose from: January 5 and February 2. It includes calls in Port Canaveral, Great Stirrup Cay, Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Roatán, Harvest Caye, Costa Maya, and Cozumel.

Guests cruising from New Orleans will be able to experience Norwegian Breakaway in 2018 and Norwegian Getaway in 2019. For the first time, Norwegian Getaway will sail a mix of 7, 9, and 12-day cruises to the western Caribbean from New Orleans beginning November 8, 2019. Also for the first time, Norwegian Epic will be sailing from San Juan, Puerto Rico. From December 8 to March 15, she will be the youngest and largest ship to homeport there. Itineraries include 7, 10, and 11-day voyages.

Following 1.5 years in New York City, Norwegian Escape will return to Miami on November 23, 2019 and operate 7-day Western Caribbean cruises through April 18, 2020. The 4,200 guest ship features 27 dining options, 21 bars and lounges, and the largest aqua park and ropes course at sea. The cruises will visit Cozumel, Costa Maya, Roatán, and Harvest Caye.

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Norwegian Breakaway will extend her stay in Florida by repositioning from Miami to Port Canaveral, arriving on November 23, 2019. As one of the largest ships in Canaveral, she will spend her winter 2019/20 season operating 7-day eastern and western Caribbean cruises every Saturday. The eastern itinerary includes stops in St. Thomas, Tortola, and Great Stirrup Cay. The western includes Falmouth, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel.

Norwegian Dawn will be returning to Tampa, with cruises from November 24, 2019 to March 22, 2020. The recently renovated ship will sail primarily 7-day western Caribbean cruises with a variety of ports of call including Roatán, Cozumel, Costa Maya, and Harvest Caye. Norwegian Gem will return to the Big Apple for winter 2019 from November 22, 2019 to March 16, 2020. Gem will sail a variety of 10 and 11-day southern Caribbean cruises and one 14-day cruise from New York with ports including St. Kitts, Antigua, St. Thomas, and St. Lucia.

Canada and New England

Norwegian Escape will complete her stay in New York City with some beautiful Canada and New England cruises. Throughout September 2019, the ship will offer four roundtrip 7-day cruises to the Canadian coastline, with calls in Portland and Bar Harbor, Maine; Saint John, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick; and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Panama Canal

Norwegian Dawn and Norwegian Gem will both offer a selection of bucket-list cruises through the Panama Canal. Gem will cruise from New York to San Francisco on a 20-day journey departing January 4, 2020, and then back to New York on a 21-day cruise departing January 24. Along the incredible coast-to-coast voyages guests will stop in Curaçao, Aruba, Colombia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico, and Southern California.

Norwegian Dawn will operate a unique 15-day cruise from New York City to Tampa to the Panama Canal, departing November 9, 2019. The open jaw sailing will call in Curaçao, Aruba, two cities in Colombia, a daytime transit of the Panama Canal, Costa Rica, Roatán, Harvest Caye, and Costa Maya. The ship will also sail a 14-day roundtrip Panama Canal cruise from Tampa on December 1, 2019.

South America

Guests looking to explore the beauty and adventure of South America can do so on the recently-updated Norwegian Star, which will replace Norwegian Sun in December 2019. The ship will sail South America for the winter season in 2019 and 2020, offering 14-day sailings from Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina. The eastbound cruises depart on December 21, January 18, and February 15 and the westbound voyages depart on January 4, February 1, and February 29, 2020. Among a number of ports, guests will also sail the Patagonic Channels, Chilean Fjords, Strait of Magellan, Beagle Channel, Canal Moraleda, and around Cape Horn.

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June Special: Kids Sail Free to the Bahamas

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With summer around the corner, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has a special deal for families traveling with kids. Valid for all June cruises, those 16 and under will sail free if they’re staying in the same stateroom with two paying parents.

With the school year wrapping up and Father’s Day on June 17, it’s the perfect time for a quick escape to the Bahamas. Both of the line’s ships, Grand Classica and Grand Celebration offer a number of activities for guests on their way to the island. There are youth clubs divided by age, swimming pools, multiple dining options, a mini movie theater, mini rock climbing wall, a ball pit, and more.

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There’s also a number of shore excursions that families can take part in once they arrive, including snorkeling, a beach day, cruising the beach in an open-top Jeep, swimming with dolphins, parasailing, kayaking, glass-bottom boat tours, and more.

For more information, visit bahamasparadisecruiseline.com.

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Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Take Annual Photos on Cruise Ship

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The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders have officially wrapped up their 2018 annual photo shoot, and this year a Miami-based cruise ship was the backdrop.

Over 20 of the cheerleaders sailed to the sunny Caribbean this month aboard MSC Cruises’ MSC Seaside, donning a number of clothing styles for the photos while capturing the ship’s iconic design. The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Annual is set to be released at the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Fashion Show this fall.

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The cheerleaders also took part in photo shoot in ports along the way, including St. Maarten, San Juan, and Nassau. During the voyage, the cheerleaders engaged with guests throughout the cruise during a variety of activities, including at the sail away party, hosting youth cheer clinics, posing for photo ops, and doing special performances to entertain guests. To kick off the cruise, they provided a warm Miami Dolphins welcome by taking over the terminal with mascot “TD” to cheer guests into their vacation.

The annual photoshoot onboard MSC Seaside came on the heels of the Dolphins’ first ever Fan Cruise onboard the same ship in March. The voyage included football legend guests of honor including Kim Bokamper, Terry Kirby, Sam Madison, Nat Moore, Joe Rose and Patrick Surtain, for a week of themed activities. The team will be hosting their second cruise in 2019.

The Miami Dolphins and MSC Cruises are in the midst of a three-year partnership, which resulted in the Fan Cruise. It will be hosted annually over the next three years.

Photos: Miami Dolphins

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Carnival Horizon Makes Inaugural Call in Canadian Port

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Carnival Cruise Line’s brand new Vista-class ship Carnival Horizon made her first-ever call in Halifax, Nova Scotia yesterday.

The day was a welcome change for cruise passengers; it was the first port stop after six days at sea crossing the Atlantic Ocean from the Mediterranean. Ship officers as well as local officials held a traditional plaque ceremony in the Library onboard, where a plaque was given to the ship by the Port of Halifax and other tokens were exchanged, including a model of the ship given to the port by Carnival Cruise Line.

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Carnival Horizon is the sister-ship to Carnival Vista, which pioneered a number of new concepts for Carnival including the SkyRide bicycling attraction and the Dreamscape LED sculpture in the atrium. Some of Horizon’s unique new features include a sit-down barbecue smokehouse and brewery as well as a Cat in the Hat themed WaterWorks water park.

Click here for a video of the ship headed into the Port of Halifax.

Click here for our article on all of the free food found aboard Carnival Horizon.

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