Friday, March 11, 2011

Guess Who's Coming To New York

I have exciting news for all you cruisers that like to sail out of the Northeast!  Beginning in October 2012 the Norwegian Pearl will call New York City her home!  The Pearl will join her sister, the Norwegian Gem, and together they will take Manhattan by storm!

 Norwegian Cruise Line’s CEO, Kevin Sheehan, said, “With the arrival of the Norwegian Pearl in New York, we will have two of our newer and larger Freestyle Cruising ships sailing from this very popular homeport.  New Yorkers love Freestyle Cruising because it suits their needs.”

 The Pearl will make her New York debut October 14, 2012 sailing the popular seven-night Florida and Bahamas itinerary.  A stop at Port Canaveral puts the theme parks of Orlando practically at your doorstep!  Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World!  What family wouldn’t get excited over the choices that are available!

 Then it’s on to rest and relaxation in the beautiful Bahamas.  There are many beautiful beaches to lounge on and an abundance of water sports to enjoy. Nassau, home the famous Straw Market, is a shopper’s Nirvana.  Here you can find a plethora of faux designer handbags, shot glasses, t-shirts, beaded jewelry, and all kinds of kitschy tourist souvenirs. Look a bit harder and you can find wonderful baskets, bags and dolls made from dried palm and sisal plant leaves.

 The highlight of this cruise is the day the Pearl spends at Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian’s private island.  Renovations will be complete well before the Pearl’s first visit.  The island is a true oasis.  White sand, azure waters, and everything you might need to enjoy a day here.  A brand new dining pavilion serves a barbecue lunch so there’s no need to head back to the ship for lunch.  Hammocks, loungers, water sports, great snorkeling…you may never want to leave!

 To find out more information about the Norwegian Pearl’s New York sailings visit the Direct Line Cruises website or call our office (1-800-352-8088) to speak with a cruise consultant."

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