Princess, Norwegian Plan Cruise Service from Houston

Two new cruise lines, Princess Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Lines, have made plans to offer service from the Houston area's new Bayport Cruise Terminal, the Port of Houston Authority announced last week.

"We are ecstatic that these two premier cruise lines have chosen to sail from our state-of-the-art cruise facility at Bayport in Pasadena, Texas," said Jim Edmonds, chairman of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority. "Securing this cruise business helps fulfill our commitment by building the cruise terminal to spur job creation and economic development for the entire greater Houston and Pasadena region."

Princess Cruises will begin service in November 2013 aboard the 3,080-passenger Caribbean Princess, with a total of 27 departures planned for the 2013-2014 cruise season.

Norwegian Cruise Lines, on the other hand — which last sailed from Houston in 2007 — will sail from Houston aboard the 2,374-passenger Norwegian Jewel for an initial period of three years beginning in 2014, with a total of 75 calls.

The combined economic impact of both cruise lines over the next four years will be approximately $200 million, according to the Port of Houston Authority, which completed the 90,000-square-foot Bayport Cruise Terminal in Pasadena, Texas, in 2011.

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