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Norwegian Jewel Cruise ship makes maiden voyage

Norwegian Jewel
The Norwegian Jewel will be based in New Orleans.Michel Verdure / Courtesy Norwegian Cruise Line

NEW ORLEANS -- A cruise ship that can carry more than 2,300 passengers is making its maiden voyage to New Orleans this weekend.

The Port of New Orleans says the Norwegian Jewel will be the largest ship from Norwegian Cruise Line to homeport in New Orleans when it arrives on Sunday.

The 965-foot ship is scheduled to sail weekly seven-day cruises in the Western Caribbean through April, with ports of call in Mexico, Honduras and Belize.

The port says the 2,376-passenger ship has 16 dining options, 13 bars and lounges, three swimming pools, six hot tubs, a spa and fitness center and a casino.