On July 10, 2017, Norwegian Cruise Line announced that the Norwegian Sun will reposition to Port Canaveral, Florida, and will offer all-inclusive four day cruises to Havana, Cuba, and Key West, Florida. She will also offer three-day cruises to the Bahamas, starting in 2018. Currently, the Norwegian Sky is the only Norwegian ship that offers all-inclusive cruises.
The Norwegian Sun will enter dry-dock for two-and-a-half weeks in Victoria, British Columbia, as a part of the Norwegian Edge revitalization program. She will re-enter service on April 19, 2018. The Sun will then embark on her journey to the east coast with a 17-day Panama Canal cruise departing from Seattle.
The Norwegian Sun will then offer four-day cruises to Cuba, departing from Port Canaveral, Florida, starting on May 7, 2018. The itinerary will feature a call in Key West, and an overnight call in Havana, Cuba.
After the Norwegian Jewel’s winter cruising season in Australia and Asia, she will reposition from Tokyo to Seattle. This was done to replace the Norwegian Sun as Norwegian’s third ship sailing in Alaska in the summer.
On May 26, 2018, the Norwegian Jewel will reposition from Seattle to Vancouver, with a nine-day Alaska cruise. This itinerary will include calls in Juneau, Skagway, Icy Strait Point, Sitka, and Ketchikan.
The Norwegian Jewel will sail a seven-day roundtrip cruise from Vancouver to Alaska departing on June 4, 2018, with calls in Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan.
Starting on June 11, 2018, Norwegian will offer guests the freedom to take advantage of alternating embarkation ports in Vancouver and Seward. From Vancouver, the Norwegian Jewel will sail seven-day Glacier Bay cruises including calls in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, and disembarking in Seward. From Seward, she will feature seven-day Inside Passage Alaska cruises including stops in Icy Strait Point, Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and disembarking in Vancouver.
Andy Stuart, the President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, made a statement saying, “Alaska continues to be one of the most popular destinations we sail to around the world. We are thrilled to be significantly increasing capacity in the region in summer 2018 with the redeployment of Norwegian Jewel and the inaugural season for Norwegian Bliss, providing more opportunities for our guests to experience a vacation of a lifetime in this incredible pristine destination. 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.”