'As a regular port of call for Norwegian Cruise Line ships, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to homeport Norwegian Epic and welcome Norwegian Cruise Line guests into our community,' Port Canaveral ceo John Walsh said. 'Our focus is to continue to provide the best customer service and facilities for our business partners and their passengers. Our efforts are being rewarded with the largest ships afloat and more itineraries from Port Canaveral.'
The new deployment 'represents a big opportunity for the Norwegian brand,' according to Andy Stuart, Norwegian’s president and chief operating officer. 'We know that there is pent-up demand from our loyal guests to cruise from Port Canaveral and we are excited to bring this spectacular ship to the Greater Orlando area.'
The eastern Caribbean itinerary includes Tortola, St. Thomas, and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. The western route has Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios and Great Stirrup Cay.
The three- and four-day Bahamas jaunts include Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay in January and March 2017.
This year, starting in November, Norwegian Spirit will sail from Port Canaveral through April 2016.