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Norwegian Cruise Line Expands to New Florida Homeport in 2025 — Introducing Fresh Caribbean Voyages

Next year, Norwegian Cruise Line passengers will have an exciting new option for their travels as the company relocates to Jacksonville, Florida.

Commencing in November 2025, Norwegian will station its Norwegian Gem ship in this vibrant North Florida city for seasonal cruises bound for the Bahamas and the Eastern Caribbean, as confirmed by the company. The agreement for this homeport spans three years.

David J. Herrera, President of Norwegian Cruise Line, expressed enthusiasm about this development, stating, "Today marks a new milestone in the relationship between Norwegian Cruise Line and JAXPORT. We look forward to Norwegian Gem's arrival to Jacksonville in November 2025, and welcoming guests from the area, as well as neighboring cities and states, on board to deliver them an exceptional vacation."

Norwegian's itinerary out of Jacksonville will offer cruises ranging from 4 to 12 nights, allowing guests to explore ports such as St. Thomas, St. John's in the U.S. Virgin Islands, San Juan in Puerto Rico, as well as the company's private island in the Bahamas, Great Stirrup Cay, and beyond.

Capable of accommodating up to 2,394 guests, the Norwegian Gem boasts various amenities including outdoor sports courts, hot tubs, a library, and a video arcade.

Bookings for the Jacksonville cruises will open on Feb. 15.

Jacksonville is already home to cruises operated by Carnival Cruise Line, according to the port. JAXPORT CEO Eric Green highlighted the significance of Norwegian's presence, noting that it provides passengers from across the Southeast U.S. and beyond with compelling reasons to choose Jacksonville for their next vacation.

Norwegian Cruise Line isn't the sole major cruise operator announcing new homeports for 2025. MSC Cruises will also extend its footprint in the United States, bringing the MSC Seascape, one of its latest ships, to Texas next year. Departing from Galveston, the company will offer 7-night voyages to Mexico and Central America.


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