Like sailing from home — from NYC to Canada on the Norwegian Gem

NEW York (DAY 1) — No muss, no fuss. It’s almost like sailing from our backyard. We drive from Connecticut into Port NYC, park, check our bags and board the Norwegian Gem. Couldn’t be easier. We are among 8,000 passengers on three ships that are arriving and departing from the port on the West Side of New York but it’s not terribly crowded. And the cost to park for a week—roughly $280—for the four of us is …

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Pride of America receives bow to stern enhancements

Norwegian Cruise Line’s US-flagged Pride of America returned to her homeport of Honolulu this Saturday, March 26, as a nearly new ship following a three and half week dry dock where she received ship-wide enhancements, including newly designed public spaces, brand new venues and refreshed décor in all staterooms. Pride of America’s extensive renovation is a part of The Norwegian Edge™ program, a $400 million investment that sets a new standard of excellence for the Norwegian brand …

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Norwegian Cruise Line reveals Harvest Caye experiences

Norwegian Cruise Line has revealed details on its new highly-anticipated premier Western Caribbean destination experience, Harvest Caye, Belize. Norwegian Cruise Line is developing Harvest Caye to feature an authentic Belizean environment that provides easy access to beautiful Southern Belize, coupled with luxurious amenities; a variety of eco-activities; the country’s only cruise ship pier for guest convenience and comfort; the opportunity for guests to easily depart to mainland Belize for the adventure excursion or cultural immersion of their …

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Best of new big cruise ships: Anthem and Escape

Norwegian, Royal Caribbean take different tacks on eating, drinking, entertainment Tandem racing and free-fall waterslides or floating in a glass tube that feels like sky diving? Craft beers and tasty bites in a warehouse style sing-along keg room or a clubby pub bar? Oodles of outdoor dining choices or drinks mixed and served by robots? In the heavyweight bout for the world’s best new big cruise ship in 2015, the winner will be in the eye of …

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Delay in development of Norwegian Cruise Line’s Harvest Caye means a change in ports of call for some cruisers

Norwegian Cruise Line is developing a new private island experience off the coast of southern Belize, Harvest Caye. Initially expected to open in February 2016, now Norwegian is planing the grand opening to occur in November 2016. Until then, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Western Caribbean itineraries with stops scheduled at Harvest Caye will visit Belize City instead.  Norwegian will be contacting booked guests with the revised itinerary details. Once complete Harvest Caye will feature an exclusive beach, a …

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Pitbull christens Norwegian Escape with larger than life performance

The magnificent new Norwegian Escape – Norwegian’s largest ship and the first in its Breakaway Plus Class – was christened today in a stunning ceremony worthy of her size and status. International music sensation Pitbull, who also served as GODFATHER for Norwegian Escape, thrilled fans and VIPs alike at the PortMiami pier side concert. The ship’s breathtaking hull artwork, created by Guy Harvey, who made a special guest appearance, served as the backdrop for the epic event. …

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Norwegian Cruise Line takes delivery of Norwegian Escape

Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery today of the line’s largest ship to date, the 164,600 gross ton Norwegian Escape, from MEYER WERFT during a ceremony in Bremerhaven, Germany, after a building period of only 17 months. Norwegian Escape is the first ship in the company’s new Breakaway Plus Class, signifying an evolution of Norwegian Cruise Line and bringing to life the brand’s promise of freedom and flexibility with a premium experience from bow to stern. Following delivery …

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Norwegian Escape’s signature hull art comes to life with Guy Harvey

Famed marine wildlife artist Guy Harvey laid eyes upon his largest canvas to date for the first time this week – the hull artwork on the new Norwegian Escape, debuting this November in Miami. Currently being built in Meyer Werft in Germany, Norwegian Escape is Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, the largest in the company’s history.  Norwegian Escape represents an evolution of the line’s innovative history of providing guests with the freedom and flexibility to enjoy their …

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Norwegian Cruise Line introduces à la carte specialty dining

Norwegian Cruise Line announced today the introduction of à la carte specialty dining at the line’s signature specialty restaurants, providing guests the freedom to savor an array of tastes and gourmet dishes and the flexibility to choose how many courses they wish to enjoy during their meal. Guests will experience the ultimate in Freestyle Cruising beginning this October on the all-new Norwegian Escape, where they can choose to dine at any of 11 complimentary dining options or …

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Norwegian Cruise Line introduces all-inclusive cruising, now with free unlimited premium open bar

Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that beginning January 2016 all guests sailing aboard Norwegian Sky from Miami will enjoy an even more all-inclusive cruise experience with dining, entertainment and now free unlimited beer, wine and premium spirits included. Whether they choose white or red, shaken or stirred, on the rocks or straight up, Norwegian Sky guests will revel in the freedom and flexibility of the most inclusive contemporary cruise vacation at sea. “We’re taking Freestyle Cruising to …

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