Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is set to offer passengers a fresh embarkation point as it relocates to Jacksonville, Florida, in November 2025. The Norwegian Gem ship will serve as the centerpiece for seasonal cruises to the Bahamas and the Eastern Caribbean from the newly designated homeport, approved for a three-year operation period.
David J. Herrera, President of Norwegian Cruise Line, hailed this move as a significant milestone in the partnership between NCL and JAXPORT, expressing anticipation for the Norwegian Gem’s arrival in Jacksonville. He emphasized the company’s commitment to delivering exceptional vacation experiences to guests from Jacksonville, neighboring cities, and beyond.
NCL’s plans include a diverse range of cruises lasting from 4 to 12 nights, offering travelers the opportunity to explore destinations such as St. Thomas, St. John’s, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the company’s private island in the Bahamas, Great Stirrup Cay, among others.
With a capacity to accommodate up to 2,394 guests, the Norwegian Gem boasts a plethora of onboard amenities, including outdoor sports facilities, hot tubs, a library, and a video arcade, ensuring a fulfilling cruising experience for passengers of all ages.
Bookings for the new cruises departing from Jacksonville are slated to commence on February 15th, providing eager travelers with the chance to secure their spots onboard.
Jacksonville’s port authority, JAXPORT, has warmly welcomed Norwegian Cruise Line’s decision, recognizing its potential to attract passengers from across the Southeastern U.S. and beyond, thereby boosting tourism in the region.
Eric Green, CEO of JAXPORT, noted that NCL’s presence in Jacksonville offers passengers even more options for their vacation plans, reinforcing the city’s appeal as a cruise destination.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s announcement aligns with a broader trend in the cruise industry, as MSC Cruises also gears up to introduce a new homeport in the United States in 2025. MSC will bring its newest ship, the MSC Seascape, to Texas, offering 7-night voyages from Galveston to Mexico and Central America. This expansion underscores the growing popularity of cruising and the industry’s commitment to providing diverse travel experiences for passengers worldwide.