There’s good news for fans of sailing out of Houston, Texas: Norwegian Cruise Line is back, and they’ve brought the beautiful Norwegian Jewel with them.

Norwegian Jewel, seen here in Juneau, Alaska, is sailing from Houston, Texas throughout the winter of 2014-15. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

From now until April 11, 2015, Norwegian Jewel will be sailing three different Western Caribbean itineraries roundtrip from the Bayport Cruise Terminal in Houston, Texas. It marks the first time Norwegian Cruise Line has returned to the region since withdrawing in 2008.
One of Norwegian Jewel’s new Western Caribbean itineraries from Houston:

Day 1 Houston, Texas Embark Norwegian Jewel 4:00 PM
Day 2 At Sea
Day 3 Cozumel, Mexico 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
Day 4 Belize City, Belize 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
Day 5 Roatan, Honduras 8:00 AM 4:00 PM
Day 6 At Sea
Day 7 At Sea
Day 8 Houston, Texas 8:00 AM Disembark

There’s a couple of advantages of sailing from the Port of Houston. Firstly, the city’s two main airports (George Bush Intercontinental and William P. Hobby) are only 45 minutes to an hour away from the Houston Cruise Terminal. Most other cruises leaving from the great state of Texas do so from a city called Galveston – nearly 90 minutes away, if traffic is good.
The other advantage to sailing from Houston is that the port is located right in Houston itself – meaning more shops, hotels, and restaurants. It’s not a knock on Galveston at all, but for those who are travelling significant distances to reach Houston in the first place, it’s nice to not have to travel even further to reach the Norwegian Jewel.

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