The Tampa Port Authority (TPA) is pleased to welcome the announcement by Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) that it will deploy Norwegian Dawn to home port at the Port of Tampa for the 2012-2013 cruise season.  The 2,224-passenger Norwegian Dawn will replace her older sister ship Norwegian Star, and follows NCL’s announcement just last year that it would begin home porting operations in Tampa in the Fall of 2011.

Norwegian Dawn will sail 23 seven-day Western Caribbean cruises, departing Sundays, from November 11, 2012, through April 14, 2013.  The ship will call on Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico. 

“We are very excited that Norwegian Cruise Line sees Tampa as a strong market and pleased to see this level of partnership,” Richard Wainio, Tampa’s port director and CEO, said.  “The fact that NCL is already making plans for subsequent years is a testament to Tampa’s attractiveness as a growing cruise port, and we expect to see this trend to continue.”

As part of other deployment plans for the 2012-2013 season, NCL also announced it also offer for the first time a 16-day Colonial America cruise on Norwegian Dawn sailing from Quebec City, Quebec to Tampa, Florida on October 26, 2012 calling on Portland, Maine; Boston, Massachusetts; New York, New York; Baltimore, Maryland; Norfolk, Virginia; Charleston, South Carolina; Miami and Key West, Florida.