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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Carnival Staff Takes Sneak Peak of Port Everglades Terminals

Members of Carnival Cruise Lines’ shore and operations staffs took a hardhat tour of the advancing construction work at Port Everglades of four cruise terminals that are part of a $54 million renovation project to entirely transform existing facilities into completely modern, guest-friendly cruise terminals. The walk-through provided an on-the-ground advance opportunity to become familiar with the new passenger and baggage flows upon reopening the cruise terminals.

Port Everglades Cruise Terminals 2, 19, 21 and 26 are being renovated to serve more than 30 different Carnival Corporation cruise ships that will call at Port Everglades this year, as well as cruise ships from other lines. Construction is well underway and expected to be complete by the start of Port Everglades’ busy cruise season in mid-November.

Cruise lines operating ships of various sizes and capacities will be able to simultaneously process embarking and debarking passengers in each of the terminals. To accomplish this, three of the four terminals have been increased significantly in size, and the fourth terminal has been reconfigured. All terminals will have two passenger loading bridges, separate and larger baggage halls, improved ground transportation areas, and new Florida-inspired artwork. Broward County's Public Works Department, Seaport Engineering & Construction Division is overseeing the renovations. Moss & Associates is the general contractor, and Bermello Ajamil & Partners, Inc. is the terminal architect and project construction administrator.

Construction work for the cruise terminal has created an estimated 1,000 construction jobs, equating to $40.7 million in personal income and $3.7 million in state and local taxes, according to an economic impact study by nationally recognized maritime research firm Martin Associates.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Norwegian Getaway to Sail to the Eastern Caribbean from Miami Year-Round

Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that Norwegian Getaway will be delivered in late January 2014, earlier than originally scheduled, and will sail a seven-day Eastern Caribbean itinerary from PortMiami year-round.

Carrying 4,000 passengers, Norwegian Getaway will be the largest ship to home port year-round in Miami and will embody a unique Miami vibe.

Following inaugural events in Europe, Norwegian Getaway will arrive in Miami in late January 2014 and begin her first Eastern Caribbean sailing on Saturday, February 1, 2014. Ports of call include: Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas. In addition, the company announced the ship’s Transatlantic sailing, which will depart Rotterdam.

The Netherlands on January 16, 2014 and include a stop in London (Southampton), England where guests can also embark, followed by nine days at sea before arriving in Miami on January 27, 2014.

Norwegian Getaway will open for group block bookings to travel partners on October 8, 2012. Reservations will open to the public on October 22, 2012.

To accommodate Norwegian Getaway’s arrival in January, the company is modifying the itineraries of its existing ships in Miami during that time. Beginning February 2, 2014, Norwegian Epic will depart Miami on Sundays and sail a Western Caribbean itinerary. Ports of call include: Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico. Norwegian Sun will now depart Miami on her 10 and 11-day Southern Caribbean itineraries a day later than scheduled on Mondays and Thursdays. Norwegian Pearl, which had been scheduled to depart Miami on Sundays will be chartered from January 19 to March 21, 2014. In addition, four new seven-day Western Caribbean itineraries will be added on March 21, March 28, April 4 and April 11, 2014.

Currently being built at Meyer Werft in Germany, Norwegian Getaway will be 146,600 gross tons and offer a wide range of accommodations. The ship will also feature a rich mix of stateroom options including The Haven by Norwegian, comprised of 42 Suites at the top of the ship in an exclusive, private key-card enclave and 22 additional Suites located throughout the ship; the innovative Studios, designed and priced for solo travelers; a wide range of Oceanview stateroom.