Norwegian Cruise Line Previews Encore Launch, Joy’s NY Sailings

Norewgian Encore hull
Norwegian Encore // Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Lines

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced select 2020 and 2021 itineraries for 12 of its 17 ships.

The itineraries include Norwegian Encore’s launch in Seattle where the ship will sail seven-day cruises to Alaska alongside her sister ship Norwegian Bliss, as well as Norwegian Joy’s arrival in New York for the first time.

Norwegian Spirit—slated to experience an extensive multi-million-dollar revitalization in early 2020—will sail several port-intensive itineraries from Tokyo, Japan and Hong Kong, China.

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Norwegian Jewel will sail French Polynesia, Hawaii and South Pacific cruises in spring 2020 and spring 2021.

Alaska

Norwegian Bliss, which launched last year, will be joined in Seattle this year and next by Norwegian Joy and in 2021 by the soon-to-debut Norwegian Encore. Both Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Encore will offer several seven-day cruises. Norwegian Bliss will call to Juneau, Ketchikan and Icy Strait Point, Alaska, as well as to Victoria, British Columbia beginning April 24, 2021. Its first visit to Icy Strait Point will be on May 12, 2021. Norwegian Encore will begin its Alaska season on May 2, 2021, sailing to Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan, Alaska; and Victoria, British Columbia. All of Norwegian Encore’s Alaska itineraries will feature Glacier Bay. Norwegian Joy will sail to Alaska, visiting Juneau, Ketchikan and Icy Strait Point as well as Victoria, British Columbia, from April 2020 to October 2020. Beginning May 10, 2021, Norwegian Jewel returns to Vancouver, British Columbia and Seward, Alaska to sail its seven-day Glacier Bay Northbound and Inside Passage itineraries.

The Caribbean

From April 13, 2021, Norwegian Breakaway will cruise a mix of five, seven and nine-day Eastern, Western and Southern Caribbean cruises from Miami. The ship's Eastern Caribbean sailings will include calls to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Norwegian’s private island, Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas. Its Western Caribbean cruises feature visits to Roatán Island, Honduras; Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico; and the Caribbean’s premier resort-style destination in Belize, Harvest Caye. Norwegian Breakaway’s Southern Caribbean cruises will visit Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curaçao; Kralendijk, Bonaire; and Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. 

Bermuda, Canada and New England

Beginning April 14, 2021, Norwegian Joy will homeport in New York City for the first time, sailing a mix of Bermuda as well as Canada and New England cruises. Its seven-day Bermuda sailings will offer guests three full days to explore the island, while its five-day Canada and New England voyages will feature visits to Portland, Maine, and Halifax, Nova Scotia

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New York City // Pixabay/mpewny

Norwegian Joy in New York

From April 18, 2021, Norwegian Gem will sail a mix of seven-day Bermuda cruises from Boston as well as seven-day Canada and New England cruises from Boston and Quebec City, Canada. Visits include Bar Harbor and Portland, Maine; Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia; Saguenay, Quebec; and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

Following her Caribbean cruises from Miami on August 24, 2021, Norwegian Breakaway will sail seven-day Canada and New England cruises from New York that will include calls to Bar Harbor and Portland, Maine; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Saint John, New Brunswick.

Europe

On April 25, 2021, Norwegian Epic returns to Europe to sail its seven-day itineraries from Barcelona, Spain and Rome (Civitavecchia) with calls to Naples and Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy; Cannes, France; and Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

Starting May 2, 2021, Norwegian Dawn will cruise the Greek Isles from Venice, Italy with seven-day sailings that include visits to Kotor, Montenegro; Dubrovnik, Croatia; and Corfu, Santorini, Mykonos and Argostoli, Greece.

As of April 29, 2021, Norwegian Getaway will offer 10 and 11-day cruises to the Greek Isles and Italy from Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy with stops in Kotor, Montenegro; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Corfu, Santorini, Mykonos and Athens (Piraeus), Greece; and Naples and Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy.

Returning to Europe on May 28, 2021, Norwegian Escape will offer nine-day cruises to the Baltic region from Copenhagen, Denmark with calls to Warnemünde, Germany; Tallinn, Estonia; Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm (Nynashamn), Sweden and an overnight in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Asia and South Pacific

Starting May 9, 2020 and instigating sale on May 1, 2019, Norwegian Spirit will sail several port-intensive itineraries from Tokyo, Japan and Hong Kong, China. These 11 to 15-day itineraries will feature destinations including calls to Shanghai and Beijing, China; Osaka, Okinawa, Mount Fuji (Shimizu) and Sapporo, Japan; and Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan.  

In early 2020, as part of the company’s Norwegian Edge program, Norwegian Spirit will experience an extensive multi-million-dollar revitalization including new venues, updated staterooms and public spaces.

Norwegian Jewel will sail several French Polynesia, Hawaii, and South Pacific cruises in spring 2020 and spring 2021. Instigating sale on April 17, 2019, these 11 to 21-day sailings will cruise from Sydney, Australia; Papeete, Tahiti; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Vancouver, British Columbia featuring visits to destinations such as Bora Bora, Moorea, Raiatea, and Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia; Lautoka, Suva, and Dravuni, Fiji; Noumea, Lifou, and Ille des Pins, New Caledonia; Mystery Island, Espiritu Santo, and Port Vila, Vanuatu; and the Big Island (Hilo and Kailua-Kona), Maui (Kahului), Kauai (Nawiliwili), and Oahu (Honolulu), Hawaii.

For more information, visit https://www.ncl.com/

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