Norwegian Jewel to soon sail from Houston

Published On: Dec 05 2012 05:22:06 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 05 2012 05:50:12 PM CST
HOUSTON -

An economic boost is sailing our way, and an enticing trip is on the horizon to set sail out of the Port of Houston.

Norwegian Cruise Line announced Wednesday that it will take over the now-idle Bayport terminal. 

"Why are we here? We're here because our guests want us to be here, our travel partners want us to be here" said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line's chief executive officer.    

Coming soon, Norwegian Cruise line bringing the 2,374-passenger Norwegian Jewel to sail seven-day Western Caribbean cruises. It will bring a projected annual economic boost of $50 million and more than 200 jobs. 

The ship features 14 different dining options, 10 different bars and lounges plus activities for kids.

Leonard "Len" Waterworth, Port Authority Executive Director

What the world is starting to find out … everybody wants to come to Houston," said Leonard Waterworth, the Port of Houston's executive director.  "We have a growing population … we're that bright spot in the nation right now."

Bookings will begin in December 2013 travel dates in 2014.