NCL-Norwegian Cruise Line on Sunday, August 15, celebrated a couple of milestones for the company: NCL Norwegian Gem commenced sailings from PortMiami Florida following a 17-month suspension and the first passengers were welcomed into the recently completed NCL Terminal at PortMiami.
Marking the 3rd of the NCL fleet’s 17 liners to resume operations after Norwegian Jade from Piraeus-Athens Greece on July 25 and Norwegian Encore from Seattle Washington on August 7, Norwegian Gem set sail on a week-long cruise to the Caribbean with visits to Costa Maya and Cozumel in Mexico, Roatan Honduras, and the company’s private resort destination Harvest Caye Belize.
The new NCL Terminal B at PortMiami can accommodate cruise ships with max passenger capacity 5000.
The facility was specially designed with sustainability at the forefront and built to LEED Gold standards for optimizing water efficiency, air quality, energy, and utilization of local resources. In addition, ~90% of all subcontractors, suppliers, and vendors were local to the region, reducing the project's carbon footprint and encouraging local economic growth. Parent company NCLH-Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings recently also announced a partnership with Miami-Dade County to make the cruise terminal “Shore-Power Ready” by fall 2023.
NCL Gem ship is scheduled to sail on a series of week-long cruises to the Caribbean and 4-day cruises to the Bahamas through October 17 before repositioning to NYC New York for 5- to 11-night journeys to the Bahamas, Caribbean, and Bermuda.