Norwegian Cruise Line to offer 12 voyages from Panama Canal
By Claire Benktander | 15 Dec 2021
Norwegian Cruise Line has just announced it will offer 12 voyages in 2022 and 2023 to explore the Panama Canal and the Central American and Caribbean regions.
Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) today announced it will become the first cruise line to have a homeport in Panama and offer roundtrip Panama Canal voyages, beginning on the 20th March 2022 on Norwegian Jewel.
The nine-day itinerary will traverse the Panama Canal and visit incredible destinations such as Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Oranjestad Aruba; Willemstad, Curaçao; Kralendijk, Bonaire and Cartagena Colombia before arriving to the Caribbean side of Panama in the city of Colon.
In 2022 and 2023, NCL will offer 12 voyages beginning and ending in Panama. “Part of our Company’s mission is to create unforgettable experiences in some of the most special places around the world,” said Harry Sommer, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line.
“This new agreement enables nearly 24,000 guests to experience the beauty of Panama each year.”
Trips include voyages on Norwegian Gem, departing 14th January 2023, featuring select Panama Canal voyages including an 11-day journey visiting seven ports of call, including Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curaçao; Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and the Turks and Caicos Islands before ending in New York City.
Norwegian Joy will also offer a 10-day voyage on 6th December 2023, sailing from Panama City and calling in at Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; George Town, Grand Cayman; Roatán, Bay Islands; Harvest Caye, the Brand’s private resort destination in Belize; Cozumel, Mexico and Great Stirrup Cay, the company’s private island in the Bahamas before ending her journey in Miami.
NCL’s parent company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd signed a multi-year agreement with the Panama Tourism Authority, which allows the company to seasonally homeport at the Colon Cruise Terminal as well as at Fuerte Amador Cruise Terminal located on the Pacific Ocean side of the country, adjacent to Panama City.