Port of Miami to be home for two new cruise ships

The Port of Miami has announced that it will be homeport to Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL) newest and largest ship, and welcomes the return of Costa Cruise Line to the port.

This summer, the port will welcome NCL’s new F3 ship, the Norwegian Epic, the line’s largest and most innovative Freestyle Cruise ship.

Following a series of inaugural events in Europe and the U.S., the 4,200-passenger Norwegian Epic, will homeport in Miami while offering alternating seven-day Western and Eastern Caribbean voyages through April 2011.

This new cruise vessel represents the next generation of NCL’s Freestyle Cruising — a ship that incorporates a wide range of new features and amenities. To date, the company has revealed four unique nightlife venues that rival the experiences of Las Vegas, Ibiza, the French Riviera and South Beach. NCL plans to unveil additional details about the Norwegian Epic in the near future.

“We are proud of the commitment NCL has made to the Port of Miami,” said port director Bill Johnson. “This new addition to our 2010 cruise lineup will be one of the largest and most well-appointed cruise ships in the world. It’s a fantastic addition to our already impressive lineup.” For additional information about the Norwegian Epic visit online at < http://epic.ncl.com >.

The Port of Miami also is anticipating the return of Costa Cruises to Miami in 2011.

The 2,114-passenger Costa Atlantica will sail seven-night alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises from Miami starting in January through March 2011. Accommodations include: 12 passenger decks named after movies directed by the famous Italian director Federico Fellini. Carrara marble, Murano glass accents, inlaid mosaic tile and a Venetian atmosphere are among the many elements that make the Atlantica cruise ship unique.

“We are happy to welcome Costa Cruises to the Port of Miami,”Johnson said. “The Port of Miami is home to the world’s most distinguished cruise lines. Costa represents our eighth homeport brand.”

For additional information about Costa Cruises visit online at < www.costacruise.com >.

The Port of Miami is the second largest economic engine in the community, generating an estimated 176,000 jobs and a total economic impact of $17 billion in 2007.

The Port of Miami is home to the world’s most distinguished cruise lines, handling more than 4.1 million cruise passengers annually. For additional information visit the Port of Miami’s website at < www.miamidade.gov/portofmiami >

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