The 2,402-passenger Norwegian Jade, will home port in Tampa from December 2016 through April 2017. Port President/CEO Paul Anderson presents inaugural call plaque to Captain Kim Karlsson.The 2,402-passenger Norwegian Jade, will home port in Tampa from December 2016 through April 2017. Port President/CEO Paul Anderson presents inaugural call plaque to Captain Kim Karlsson.

Port Tampa Bay officials presented a plaque to the captain and crew of Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Jade, Sunday, December 11, welcoming the ship to Tampa for the 2016-2017 cruise season. 

The 2,402-passenger ship, which replaces the Norwegian Star from last cruise season, will sail a seven-day Western Caribbean itinerary departing on Sundays to Cozumel and Costa May, Mexico; Roatan (Bay Islands) Honduras; and Harvest Caye, Belize.

In addition, the Norwegian Jade will sail two eight-day Western Caribbean holiday sailings this month.

There are also a number of music charter cruises in partnership with Sixthman. 

“Port Tampa Bay is excited that Norwegian Cruise Line has brought the gorgeous Norwegian Jade to home port in Tampa, offering passengers some impressive new Caribbean destination options, as well as longer cruises from our port. Norwegian is an outstanding cruise partner, and we look forward to many more years of welcoming them as an important part of our robust cruise business,” Paul Anderson, port president and CEO, said.