Norwegian Cruise Line has picked Port Canaveral to host the Norwegian Sun, which will offer all-inclusive four-day cruises to Havana, Cuba and Key West, and three-day cruises to the Bahamas beginning May 2018.
Port CEO Captain John Murray commented: “Port Canaveral is proud of our cruise partner, NCL, and we welcome their growth plans for the future.”
He continued that the announcement “validates the Port’s on-going investments in state-of-the art facilities and continuous improvement in cruise operations. Our record numbers of passenger movements year after year, demonstrates we are working hard and meeting the expectations of today’s largest and most sophisticated cruise ships.”
Following a dry dock enhancement, the Norwegian Sun will re-position to Port Canaveral to begin its summer 2018 sailing season.
The Norwegian Sun will be berthed at the Port’s newly remodeled Cruise Terminal 10, in which the Port invested more than $35 million in renovations in 2016.
All guests sailing aboard the Norwegian Sun’s Cuba or Bahamas cruises from Port Canaveral will enjoy unlimited complimentary beverages included in their cruise fare as a part of the ship’s all-inclusive program.
Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer for Norwegian Cruise Line, said: “Our all-inclusive model aboard Norwegian Sky has been very well-received and as we evaluated the opportunity to expand upon that concept, we felt that Port Canaveral was the ideal location to offer our guests a value-rich on board experience and exciting action-packed ports-of-call, including an overnight call in Havana, Cuba.”
Norwegian Sun’s four-day cruises to Cuba will depart Port Canaveral each Monday, beginning May 7, 2018, and feature a call on Key West, Florida and an overnight stay in Havana, returning to Port Canaveral each Friday. Norwegian Sun will offer cruise guests OFAC-compliant shore excursions.
Norwegian Cruise Line is currently authorized by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer carrier services to authorized travelers between the United States and Cuba under the travel guidelines for U.S. citizen travel to Cuba.