Norwegian Sun to Homeport at Port Canaveral in 2018
Port Canaveral has been chosen by Norwegian Cruise Line to host the Norwegian Sun, which will offer four-day all inclusive cruises to Havana, Cuba and Key West, and three-day cruises to the Bahamas beginning May 2018.
“Port Canaveral is proud of our cruise partner, NCL, and we welcome their growth plans for the future,” said Port CEO Captain John Murray. “Today’s announcement validates the Port’s on-going investments in state-of-the-art facilities and continuous improvement in cruise operations. Our record number 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 reposition to Port Canaveral to begin her 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.
Guests sailing aboard the ship’s Cuba or Bahamas cruises from Port Canaveral will enjoy unlimited complimentary beverages in their cruise fare as a part of the ship’s all-inclusive program.
“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,” said Andy Stuart, President and Chief Executive Officer for Norwegian Cruise Line.
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 also offer cruise guests Office of Foreign Assets Control-compliant shore excursions.
The cruise line is currently authorized by the U.S. Department of Treasury OFAC to offer carrier services to authorized travelers between the U.S. and Cuba under the travel guidelines for U.S. citizen travel to Cuba.
Norwegian Sun accommodates 1,936 guests with 16 dining options, 12 bars and lounge and entertainment options for all ages.
The ship will undergo a two-and-a-half week dry dock in Victoria, British Columbia as part of the Norwegian Edge – the brand’s revitalization program, encompassing the entire guest experience – and re-enter service on April 19, 2018.