Eastern Caribbean Cruises From November 17, 2018 to March 30, 2019 MIAMI (November 15, 2018) – Norwegian Cruise Line’s latest ship, Norwegian Bliss, makes her way to Miami to offer Eastern Caribbean cruises beginning Nov.17, 2018. She will offer seven-day cruises to the Eastern Caribbean with calls to St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas through Mar. 30, 2019. In April, she’ll cross the Panama Canal, returning to Los Angeles for select sailings to the Mexican Riviera before moving to Seattle to meet her sister ship, Norwegian Joy, who will make her U.S. debut on Apr. 25, 2019. “Norwegian Bliss’s inaugural season surpassed anything we could have imagined, with guests and travel partners alike championing her innovation and beauty,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “Miami has long been home to Norwegian Cruise Line, and we are especially excited to bring Norwegian Bliss, our latest ship, and one of our most innovative vessels, to the East Coast for a winter of Caribbean cruising.” Following a record-setting inaugural season of Alaska cruises from Seattle and a month-long period of voyages to the Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles, Norwegian Bliss continues to break records from port-to-port. She is the largest ship to be christened in Seattle, homeport in Los Angeles and call to Vancouver and San Francisco. Norwegian Bliss is also the largest cruise ship to traverse the Panama Canal from both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. For more information about Norwegian Cruise Line ships and their itineraries, or to book a cruise, please contact a travel professional, call 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784) or visit www.ncl.com. About Norwegian Cruise LineNorwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 51-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising. Most notably, Norwegian revolutionized the cruise industry by offering guests the freedom and flexibility to design their ideal cruise vacation on their schedule with no set dining times, a variety of entertainment options and no formal dress codes. Today, Norwegian invites guests to enjoy a relaxed, resort-style cruise vacation on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea with a wide variety of accommodations options, including The Haven by Norwegian®, a luxury enclave with suites, a private pool and dining, concierge service and personal butlers. Norwegian Cruise Line sails around the globe, offering guests the freedom and flexibility to explore the world on their own time and experience up to 27 dining options, award-winning entertainment, superior guest service and more across all of the brand’s 16 ships. For further information on Norwegian Cruise Line visit www.ncl.com; contact us in the U.S. and Canada at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784); or follow us on the following social channels for the latest company news & exclusive content: Facebook, Instagram and YouTube: @NorwegianCruiseLine; Twitter and Snapchat: @CruiseNorwegian; and WeChat: @gonclcn.
A team of scientists has identified the caterpillars that swarmed across northern and central Liberia devouring crops and contaminating water supplies as an easier to control species than was previously thought, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) announced today.After a three-day fact-finding visit to seven of the areas affected by the outbreak, the FAO-led experts established that the insects were not armyworms, as had been reported, but larvae of another moth species, Achaea catocaloides rena.The caterpillar infestation swept across some 100 villages in Liberia and six communities in neighbouring Guinea, in some cases overrunning buildings and sending residents fleeing in panic, causing President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to declare a national emergency last week. According to Liberian authorities, the emergency involved about 500,000 villagers.It had been feared that much worse was in store as armyworms – one of the most destructive of insect pests – bore into the ground, out of reach of pesticides, form protective cocoons around themselves, waiting to re-emerge as moths able to fly up to 1,000 kilometres and lay 1,000 eggs.Achaea catocaloides rena, however, pupate on the ground under fallen leaves making it relatively easier to destroy the cocoons and limit further infestation.The four-man team, comprised of FAO experts from Ghana and Sierra Leone and two local entomologists, reported villagers destroying cocoons by stamping on them or collecting and burning them, which will not be enough to prevent their spread to plants and crops. The caterpillars have already polluted water bodies and damaged crops such as coffee, cocoa, plantain, bananas and wild flora, and large adult moth populations had also contaminated the environment with their powdery scales, which could cause allergies. Some staple food crops such as maize, rice, sorghum and millet, which are scarce during this dry season, had been left largely undamaged. The team said the caterpillars moved to other food sources after eating through the leaves of the Dahoma trees where they mainly reside. The experts warned that although it is positive news that these caterpillars pupate on the ground “emergency preparedness for secondary and tertiary outbreaks are not in place as a preventive measure.”FAO is in discussions with the Liberia Ministry of Agriculture and other partners on how to contain the infestation after confirmation of the identity of the caterpillars. The agency noted that this is also an opportunity to develop a better response system against migrant pests in the sub-region based on monitoring, early warning, bio-control, capacity building and contingency planning. 4 February 2009A team of scientists has identified the caterpillars that swarmed across northern and central Liberia devouring crops and contaminating water supplies as an easier to control species than was previously thought, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) announced today.