Port of Houston losing Norwegian and Princess ships

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The Bayport Cruise Terminal.

The Port of Houston will lose the two lines that agreed to sail from there in 2012.

Recent deployment announcements from Norwegian Cruise Line and Princess Cruises will move the Norwegian Jade and Caribbean Princess, respectively, to ports in Florida. Neither line announced a replacement vessel in Houston.

The Jade will finish cruising from Houston in April, spend the summer in Europe, and then resume sailing mostly western Caribbean itineraries from Tampa in the fall of 2016.

The Caribbean Princess will sail from Fort Lauderdale after departing Houston next spring in what a Princess spokesman described as a consolidation of Caribbean operations at Port Everglades.

Houston offered Norwegian and Princess a total of $6.7 million in incentives to sail from its port, where the $108 million Bayport Cruise Terminal had failed to attract a long-term cruise tenant after opening in 2008.

The port of Galveston, 90 miles closer to the Gulf of Mexico, has Royal Caribbean International, Carnival Cruise Line and Disney Cruise Line ships sailing there.

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