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Norwegian Sky is one of the ships that will operate the new sailings from Panama ports, as well as select Canal cruises between Miami and Panama City

NCL outlines new Canal cruises from Panama homeports

Norwegian Cruise Line will introduce Panama Canal cruises in January 2021 that begin or end from either side of the Canal, in Colón or Panama City.

First approved for government incentive

As earlier reported here, NCL became the first line approved to benefit from Panama’s incentive to encourage homeporting by reimbursing the cost of Canal dues. The country is building a new cruise terminal at Amador Causeway near Panama City.

(Earlier this month, the incentives were modifed by the new government.)

Eight- to 16-day itineraries will be available on Norwegian Sun through March 17 and nine-day voyages on Norwegian Sky from Nov. 2 to 29.

Ports include Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; Puerto Limón and Puntarenas, Costa Rica; San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua; Acajutla, El Salvador; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Huatulco, Cozumel, Costa Maya, Cabo San Lucas, Cartagena, Bonaire, Aruba, Curaçao, Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Roatán, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Thomas, Tortola, Harvest Caye (Belize) and Great Stirrup Cay

Plus sailings to or from Canaveral, Seattle, Miami

Norwegian Sun will also feature select Panama Canal voyages between Port Canaveral and Panama City in January and February. On March 25, the ship will cruise from Panama City to Seattle for the Alaska season.

In October and December, Norwegian Sky will sail select Panama Canal cruises between Miami and Panama City. On Dec. 23, Norwegian Pearl will offer an 11-day voyage round-trip Miami.

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