Western Caribbean singles cruise departs
from Port Canaveral
Norwegian Epic takes Freestyle Cruising to a whole new level. As its name implies, the Epic is one of Norwegian's largest ships, providing passengers with an even wider range of onboard activities, amenities and stateroom options. Especially worthy of note are the ship's New Wave staterooms, which offer accommodations with contemporary curved architecture, open living spaces and creatively designed bathrooms. And, 100 percent of the Epic's outside staterooms feature balconies. For the budget-conscious traveler, Norwegian offers a new category of inside staterooms called The Studios, which maximize space and feature a window that looks out on the corridor, as well an exclusive set of cabins called The Haven.
The Epic offers unparalleled evening entertainment, including a dueling piano bar and stunning professional ballroom dancing show. Those who want to indulge in the nightlife can check out the "ultimate chill" in the cruise industry's first ice bar, where the temperature never rises above 17 degrees Fahrenheit and guests are given coats and gloves to keep warm. Those who are more interested in heating up the dance floor can choose from several clubs, ranging from live entertainment and Latin dancing at Spice H20 to shadow dancers, mood-lit bowling and private gaming tables at Bliss and Ultra. With a wide range of new features and amenities, the Norwegian Epic truly represents the next generation of Freestyle Cruising.
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
This charming, British-influenced island boasts crystal-clear water and white-sand crescent beaches. Take a submarine ride and marvel at colorful coral landscapes teeming with marine life. Or, you may prefer to see the view through a glass-bottom boat. Snorkeling also is quite popular here, and sun-worshippers will be drawn to lovely Seven Mile Beach.
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
This bustling town is backed against a wash of green hills and is home to one of the most celebrated attractions in the Caribbean -- Dunn's River Falls. Most passengers also choose to visit the tropical plantations, take a coastal yacht cruise or drift down a river on a bamboo raft.
Just off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula sits the island of Cozumel, draped in lush, tropical vegetation. The reefs that fringe the island beckon divers and snorkelers. The most popular shore excursions include snorkeling on famous Palancar Reef or a beginner's dive at Paraiso Reef. A land tour will provide a nice taste of Mexico -- Cozumel has done much to retain its Mexican character. Tourists also may want to take a short trip inland to visit the great pyramids and temples of the Mayas.
Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas
This private NCL island is an unspoiled paradise of white-sand beaches and coconut palms, and home to lizards, seagulls and neon-colored fish. Snooze in a hammock under a shady palm tree. Learn to snorkel in a peaceful cove where tropical fish weave around equally colorful coral and sea fans. Dance the limbo and enjoy a beachside barbecue. Circle the island in a kayak or sailboat. Enjoy the day!
Port Canaveral, FL
Cruises from Port Canaveral depart year-round.
Port Canaveral, FL is about an hour's drive east of Orlando, two hours from Tampa and two and a half hours from Jacksonville. Tallahassee is just under five hours to the north. Port Canaveral is the closest city to Disney World and the other theme parks in Orlando, and is next to Cape Canaveral Kennedy Space Center. A wide variety of activities are available near the port, including several miles of beaches and parks, boating, fishing, shopping and several restaurants.
Floating 30 miles off the Caribbean coastline of Honduras, in the Bay Islands, Roatan is 29 miles long and two miles wide. Reefs surrounding the islands are teeming with marine life and offer some fantastic scuba-diving and snorkeling opportunities. Idyllic beaches also lure visitors.
Costa Maya, Mexico
Mysterious ruins rescued from the jungle, monkeys announcing themselves from the trees, incredibly beautiful and rare birds, pristine beaches and a magnificent coral reef are just some of the attributes of the Costa Maya. This southern section of the Yucatan coast stretches 80 miles from Xcalak, a fishing village on a finger of land reaching out to Belize. The reserve's untouched forests and wetlands are home to a wide variety of birds, crocodiles, jaguars and monkeys as well as numerous Mayan sites.
Harvest Caye, Belize
Spread across two islands, the 75-acre Harvest Caye is the only port in Belize to feature a cruise ship pier. The port also caters solely to Norwegian Cruise Line passengers. Travelers will experience the renowned natural beauty of Belize while also enjoying all they could want from such a tropical destination. The focus of Harvest Caye is its seven acres of pristine white sand beach surrounded by crystal clear waters. Those who prefer to spend their day inland can visit the 130 foot tall Flighthouse. It is the jumping point for various aerial activities such as zip lining, free fall jumping, suspension bridges, and a ropes course. A journey across the zipline offers visitors the perfect bird’s eye view of the verdant hills on the mainland, as well as other glimpses around the island. If flying through the air isn’t for you, Harvest Caye also has water sports activities available like paddle boarding, kayaking, and canoeing through the shallow lagoon area.
The island also offers plenty of dining and bar options for guests to enjoy. While there is a variety of cuisine options, those interested in authentic Belizean cuisine should visit the shopping village for a bite. In addition to dining options, the village offers items for sale by local Belizean craftsmen, as well as shops from popular name-brand retailers. Guests hoping to catch a glimpse of the local wildlife will have plenty of opportunity as Harvest Cay is an eco-destination rich in plants and animals. From manatee observation tours, to the island’s Aviary, to other various educational tours, the island has something to offer for all types of wildlife enthusiast. It is the perfect eco-tourism site that provides plenty of diverse terrain including jungles, rainforests, swamps, coral reef, and more for each visitor to explore.