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Cruise Guide: Princess, NCL move ships

Emerald Princess will be operating a series of Caribbean itineraries from Fort Lauderdale in the summer of 2010. Image courtesy Michael Coleman

Emerald Princess will be operating a series of Caribbean itineraries from Fort Lauderdale in the summer of 2010. Image courtesy Michael Coleman

By Michael Coleman

cruiseguideheadersmallPrincess Cruises will offer Caribbean voyages from Fort Lauderdale and New York in the summer of 2010 while Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has announced that it will re-deploy two of its vessels next summer.

Look for Emerald Princess to sail on seven-day roundtrip cruises from Fort Lauderdale to the Western and Eastern Caribbean while fleet mate Caribbean Princess will offer a nine-day itinerary from New York to Bermuda and the Caribbean.
 
Emerald Princess will depart from May 9 to September 12, 2010.  The ship will offer nine Eastern Caribbean departures calling at Princess Cays, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, and Grand Turk, alternating with 10 Western Caribbean sailings to Princess Cays, Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman and Cozumel.

Caribbean Princess’ summer season from New York will feature 10 departures between May 2 and July 29, 2010. Eight of the nine-day voyages sail roundtrip on an itinerary that includes Bermuda (West End), St. Thomas, Grand Turk and San Juan. The ship will offer two sailings to St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Grand Turk and San Juan. In addition, the ship will also sail on a special seven-day Eastern Caribbean and Bermuda itinerary from San Juan to New York featuring calls in Bermuda, St. Thomas and Antigua.
  
Both ships offer a variety of passenger-favorite features such as poolside “Movies Under the Stars” — an outdoor theater – and the line’s signature Sanctuary, an adults-only pocket of tranquility featuring plush lounge chairs and massage cabanas. Passengers will also enjoy hallmark Princess features such as the piazza-style atrium with its International Café and Vines wine and seafood bar.
 
Sun To Europe
NCL, meanwhile, has announced that it will deploy Norwegian Sun for the summer of 2010, moving the ship from Alaska to Europe. The 1,936-passenger vessel is assuming the summer 2010 itinerary previously announced for Norwegian Jewel.

Norwegian Sun will now sail a 12-day Baltic Capitals itinerary from London (Dover) beginning May 11, 2010 through September 8, 2010. 

The 2,376-passenger Norwegian Jewel will move from Europe to New York, sailing a combination of seven-day Bahamas and Florida, 10-day Canada and New England and 10-day Eastern Caribbean sailings from April 24, 2010 through April 24, 2011.

Norwegian Sun had been scheduled to sail a seven-day itinerary between Vancouver, British Columbia and Whittier, Alaska.  The ship’s new European deployment now includes a 15-day Panama Canal sailing from Santiago (Valparaiso), Chile, to Miami, Florida on April 11, 2010.  Norwegian Sun will then reposition to Europe on a 15-day transatlantic voyage from Miami to London (Dover) on April 26, 2010, and begins her series of eleven 12-day Baltic Capitals cruises with stops in Copenhagen, Denmark; Berlin (Warnemünde), Germany; Tallinn, Estonia; overnight in St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm (Nynäshamn), Sweden.

Following her winter season in Miami, Norwegian Jewel repositions to New York on a 13-day Circle the Caribbean voyage on April 11, 2010. Once in New York, the ship will sail a series of 20 seven-day Bahamas and Florida cruises with stops in Orlando (Port Canaveral), Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau, Bahamas.

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