By Doreen Hemlock, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
1:17 PM EDT, April 17, 2012
Norwegian Cruise Line announced Tuesday that its new 4,000 passenger ship, Norwegian Getaway, will make Miami her year-round home port.
Norwegian Getaway will be the largest ship ever to home port year-round in Miami. It will embark on weekly cruises starting spring 2014.
Norwegian Cruise Line was the first cruise brand to sail from Miami.
“Miami has been the home of this Company since our beginning in 1966. Therefore, we are so excited to bring one of our two new Breakaway-class ships here to Miami to homeport year-round,” said Norwegian Cruise Line Chief Executive Officer Kevin Sheehan in a ceremony Tuesday at the port.
Norwegian now has three ships sailing seasonally from Miami, including Norwegian Epic, the line’s largest vessel carrying more than 4,100 guests. Norwegian Sky has been sailing three and four-day itineraries to the Bahamas year-round from Miami since 2007.
Being built in Germany, Norwegian Getaway will be 144,000 gross tons and is scheduled for delivery in spring 2014. The line will announce the ship’s inaugural itineraries and on-sale dates later this year.
Norwegian Getaway’s sister ship, Norwegian Breakaway, will begin sailing from her year-round home port of New York City in May 2013.
For more information on Norwegian, call 1-800-327-7030 or visit www.ncl.com.
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