NCL Floats Its '99 Lineup of Sailings

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MIAMI -- Norwegian Cruise Line has come a long way from the time the company was called Norwegian Caribbean Line, operating five ships in the Caribbean, president Hans Golteus said.

In 1999, for example, the company's 10 ships will be sailing to 200 ports in Alaska, Australia, Bermuda, the Mediterranean, Scandinavia, New England/Canada, Hawaii, Mexico and South America. The line will offer Caribbean and transcanal sailings, as well.

The 1999 itinerary includes:

  • The introduction of the Norwegian Sky. The 2,000-passenger vessel, under construction in Germany, will sail roundtrip from Dover, England, Aug. 9 on a 10-day maiden voyage to Norway and the British Isles. The vessel's inaugural season also includes an 11-day Scandinavian Highlights cruise Aug. 19 and a 14-day Path of the Norwegians cruise on Aug. 30. The ship will later operate a series of Canada/New England cruises from Boston before departing to Miami for a winter series of alternating seven-day eastern and western Caribbean cruises.
  • The Norway will again spend six months in Europe between April and October. The Norway's seven-day itineraries include France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Norway, Scotland and the Netherlands. The Norway also will offer a 12-day Norwegian Highlights cruise on July 3 and a 14-day Iberian Passage cruise on Sept. 12 as well as two transatlantic crossings.
  • The Norwegian Dream will return for its second season in northern Europe and the Mediterranean, with a variety of 12-day cruises. Also, the ship will offer a series of eight 12-day voyages and one 14-day Scandinavian Capitals sailing, all from Dover.
  • The Norwegian Wind will sail each Monday roundtrip from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Alaska between May 10 and Sept. 13. On April 17, the Norwegian Wind will add a 13-day Alaska cruise from Los Angeles to Vancouver; on Sept. 20, an 11-day Hawaiian Islands cruise from Vancouver is slated. The Norwegian Wind then replaces the Norwegian Dynasty in Hawaii, doubling capacity on five cruises between Sept. 20 and Nov. 1.
  • The Norwegian Dynasty, between May 18 and Sept. 14, will sail weekly each way between Vancouver and Seward on a Heart of Alaska series. The ship also will offer a 12-day Alaska Highlights cruise from Los Angeles to Vancouver on May 6 and a 10-day cruise from Vancouver to Los Angeles on Sept. 21.
  • The Norwegian Crown will return to South America from Jan 2 to Feb. 27, offering 14-day cruises between Santiago, Chile, and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Beginning in December, 1998, the Norwegian Star will sail year-round in the Australia/New Zealand market.
  • The Norwegian Sea replaces the Norwegian Star for "Texaribbean" cruises from Houston.
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