There is little real change in 2017 to what has been pretty much a successful deployment of ships by Norwegian in both the Bahamas and Bermuda cruise arenas.
Bermuda will continue to be served from both Boston and New York in 2017. From Boston, Norwegian Dawn will continue the seven night round trips from April through October, while the newer, state of the art Norwegian Breakaway will offer similar voyages out of New York.
In both cases, each ship will spend three days and two nights docked at the Kings’ Wharf complex on the north west side of the island, allowing a good amount of time to enjoy this beautiful island both by day and night.
As for the Bahamas, the newly refurbished Norwegian Gem will continue to serve the islands in peak season, sailing on seven night round trip itineraries from New York. Each cruise will take in Port Canaveral, Nassau, and the company’s private island of Great Stirrup Cay.
Meanwhile, short cruise mainstay ship, Norwegian Sky, will continue to sail to the Bahamas year round from her home port of Miami. Now with fully inclusive fares, the 77,000 ton ship will offer three night weekend cruises, sailing each Friday to Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay. Four night itineraries sail each Monday, and add Freeport, Grand Bahama, to the other two ports.
While the addition of all inclusive prices provides a welcome boost the the Norwegian Sky itineraries, I still feel that this beautiful ship is now stuck on something of a treadmill.
Even on the short, four night runs, it must be possible to add on something more ambitious than just the pedestrian run to Nassau and Freeport. For sure, an alternating, fortnightly swing out to Key West and Cozumel would offer jaded local trade the prospect of doing something just a little bit different.