The Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) ship Norwegian Jade will set sail from Port Tampa Bay during the upcoming winter cruise season.
Port Tampa Bay officials welcomed the 2,402-passenger ship for the 2016-2017 fall/winter cruise season.
Norwegian Jade is replacing the Norwegian Star, which sailed from Tampa last year, according to a news release.
Norwegian Jade will sail Sundays to Cozumel, Costa Maya, Roatán and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings' new southern Belize destination
, Harvest Caye.
The ship will also operate two eight-day holiday sailings this month that add a stop at Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala.
Guests sailing on Norwegian Jade will also be able to enjoy further Caribbean adventures with two 10-day and two 11-day Eastern Caribbean cruise from Tampa.
Built in 2006, with a gross tonnage of 93,558, LOA of 965 feet and ship crew numbering nearly 1,100, Norwegian Jade offers extraordinary dining options, an award-winning casino and a wide range of accommodations, claims the company.
The Norwegian Jade joins the Holland America's MS Oosterdam and Carnival Pride as new ships that are available for the first time this season at Port Tampa Bay.
'Norwegian is an outstanding cruise partner, and we look forward to many more years of welcoming them as an important part of our robust cruise business,' port president and ceo Paul Anderson said