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NCL lays out U.S. deployment plans for the fall


Norwegian Cruise Line revealed the deployment plan for eight additional ships, a fall lineup that includes six vessels departing U.S. ports and its first sailings from Panama City.


Norwegian canceled its planned sailings on the Norwegian Joy from Montego Bay, Jamaica this summer, saying that it will transfer crew from that ship to Alaska due to the lead time needed to launch the Norwegian Bliss from Seattle Aug. 7 and "maximize the short Alaska cruise season."


Newly scheduled vessels are the Norwegian Breakaway, Encore, Escape, Pearl, Jewel, Sun, Spirit and Pride of America.


The six ships expected to operate in the U.S. are contingent on obtaining a Conditional Sailing Certificate from the CDC, Norwegian said. They are: The Joy from Miami beginning Oct. 19, with 5- to 11-day Caribbean cruises; the Breakaway from New York beginning Oct. 24, with seven-day itineraries to Bermuda; the Pride of America from Honolulu on Nov. 6 with seven-day Hawaii cruises; the Encore from Miami beginning Nov. 14 on seven-day itineraries to the Caribbean; the Escape making its Port Canaveral debut Nov. 20 with seven-day Caribbean cruises; and the Pearl from Miami starting Dec. 23 with Panama Canal, Bahamas and Caribbean cruises.


The Norwegian Bliss will move to Los Angeles after its Alaska season, offering seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises beginning Nov. 7.


Internationally, on Jan. 20 the Norwegian Jewel will be the Norwegian's first ship to offer roundtrip Panama Canal cruises from Panama City. The Norwegian Sun will sail for the first time in Asia beginning Jan. 28, with a five-day Japan itinerary from Hong Kong, before starting 11-day cruises from Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok.


The Norwegian Spirit will cruise 12-day Australia and New Zealand voyages from Sydney and Auckland beginning Feb. 9.



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