Norwegian Cruise Line unveils 2016/2017 itineraries

Highlights include Norwegian Gem sailing from new seasonal homeport of San Juan, plus new six-and eight-night Norwegian Escape cruises from Miami



Norwegian Cruise Line announced its 2016/2017 deployment. Highlights include the addition of San Juan, Puerto Rico as a seasonal homeport for Norwegian Gem, along with new eight-night Eastern Caribbean and six-night Western Caribbean Norwegian Escape sailings from Miami. In addition, all guests sailing a Western Caribbean itinerary in 2016/2017 will have the opportunity to enjoy a visit to Harvest Caye, Norwegian’s new island destination in Belize.

Seasonally, Norwegian also continues to offer three ships in Alaska, four in Europe, two in Bermuda, as well as a variety of exciting South America Bahamas & Florida and repositioning cruises. Norwegian will also continue to offer its unique inter-island Hawaii cruises year-round on Pride of America from Honolulu and short Bahamas itineraries from Miami year-round on Norwegian Sky. The new itineraries open on January 8, 2015 for all bookings.

“Once again, Norwegian Cruise Line continues to offer a wide variety of exciting cruises for our guests to choose from in 2016 and early 2017,” said Drew Madsen, Norwegian’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “Guests can cruise to the Caribbean year-round while experiencing the incredible innovations on Norwegian’s newest ships, Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Getaway. In addition, we continue to offer the best of Europe on four beautiful ships including Norwegian Epic year-round, and the opportunity to experience the scenic beauty of Alaska on some of the youngest ships in the industry.”

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What’s the best cruise line?

For cruise newbies considering their first sailing, the first question on their minds is always the same: “Which cruise line is the best?”


Booking a cruise is complicated: Once you decide where you want to go, you have to decide what ship to take and then which cabin to choose. The process can be excruciating for the uninitiated – cruise lines often look very similar to one another in brochures, as do some routes, and some larger ships can have more than 30 cabin categories. But, for cruise newbies considering their first sailing, the first question on their minds is always the same: “Which cruise line is the best?”

The answer, of course, is not so simple. Like hotel chains, cruise lines each have their own strengths and weaknesses, their own “personalities.” Some lines in the same price point sailing similar routes may cater to wildly different demographics.

The result: The answer is different for everyone. Start with your budget, since that will help narrow down the field. And don’t think that the list prices for sailings should represent your total budget: Except for some luxury options, those list prices usually don’t include airfare, taxes and fees, shore excursions, and some meals and entertainment, or drinks.

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