Norway’s first cruise ship is operating again after being stuck in port for the past month due to a Panama Canal expansion. The company claims they were able to save the old-time Norwegian charm by bringing back some of it’s original features, including room service and wine tasting.

The “Norwegian Cruise Line” is a cruise line that has been restarting operations from Panama. Read more in detail here: norwegian cruise line.

The Norwegian Jewel has returned to service and landed in Colon, Panama, ahead of a trip that will see the ship homeport in the city for the first time, and for the time being, the only time. The NCL ship will sail to San Diego, California for a 12-day vacation. 

Norwegian Cruise Line announced in December of last year that it had reached an agreement with the Panama Tourism Authority that would enable the company to homeport seasonally at the Colon and Fuerte Amador Cruise Terminals. Norwegian Cruise Line’s operations were temporarily halted, limiting the number of Norwegian Jewel departures to only this one. 

From Panama, Norwegian Jewel Returns

Although Norwegian Jewel had planned to start operations from Colon on March 20, 2022, it’s better late than never as the 93,502 gross ton tanker takes off from the first-time homeport. Locals greeted embarking tourists with enthusiasm, praising the economic effect of the Norwegian Cruise Line’s trips to the area. 

Colon, on Panama’s Caribbean coast, is more recognized as the entrance point to the world-famous Panama Canal than as a cruise port. Despite the fact that the city has had its fair number of ships pass through, Norwegian Jewel is the first to call it home.

Norwegian Jewel Cruise Ship(Photo credit: Alexander Piragis / Shutterstock) Norwegian Jewel Cruise Ship

Norwegian Jewel will set sail from Colon today on a journey that will take in many of Central America’s attractions, including numerous locations that cruise ships seldom visit. 

Guests will visit Puntarenas in Costa Rica, San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua, and Acajutia in El Salvador after passing through the Panama Canal. Norwegian Gem will make another stop in Central America with a stop at Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala, before heading to Huatulco, Puerto Vallarta, and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on its way to San Diego, California, on April 10. 

Norwegian Jewel will depart from San Diego on three excursions around the Mexican Riviera before going north to spend the summer in Alaska. Norwegian Jewel will operate cruises from Vancouver, Canada, and Seward, Alaska, on a regular basis. 

Norwegian Jewel is the first ship of the Jewel-class of Norwegian Cruise Line. She is not the largest cruise ship in the fleet, with a gross tonnage of 93,502. The cruise ship, which was completed in 2005, can seat 2,376 guests and offers a luxury 15 restaurants as well as a range of pubs and lounges. In 2005, the ship was commissioned.

Panama is getting a lot of attention.

In the next years, the Norwegian Jewel will be joined by other ships sailing from Panama. Norwegian Cruise Line intends to visit the Central American nation with a large number of cruise ship stops. For good cause, according to Norway’s President:

“Creating amazing experiences in some of the most exceptional destinations around the globe is part of our Company’s goal,” said Harry Sommer, president and the executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “Every year, over 24,000 tourists will be able to enjoy the splendor of Panama thanks to this new deal.”

NCL Cruise Ship in PanamaThe NCL Cruise Ship is docked in Panama. (Photo credit: Shutterstock / Ramunas Bruzas)

Norwegian Gem will call in Panama on a limited number of trips beginning January 14, 2023, including an 11-day cruise that includes stops at Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curaçao; Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; and Grand Turk, before returning to New York City.

Norwegian Joy will set sail from Panama City’s Fuerte Amador cruise terminal on December 6, 2023, and will stop in places like Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; George Town, Grand Cayman; Roatán, Honduras; Harvest Caye, Belize; Cozumel, Mexico; and Great Stirrup Cay, the company’s private island in the Bahamas.

The cruise company has 18 trips booked in Panama, with eight of them using one of the country’s cruise ports as a homeport. 

Norwegian Jewel Cruise Ship

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that they will be restarting operations from Panama. The company is currently the only cruise line to offer service in the Central American country. Reference: us cruises.

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