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Norwegian Cruise Line has announced new itineraries for its fall and winter 2017 and 2018 deployment, including departures from U.S. ports, as well as new Australia and New Zealand itineraries from Sydney and Auckland.
New for 2017 and 2018, Norwegian Jewel will be based in the Asia Pacific region with departures to and from Australia beginning November 2017; San Juan, Puerto Rico, returns as a seasonal homeport, with Norwegian Dawn sailing from the Caribbean port, as well as Tampa, Florida; along with a new 14-day Western Caribbean sailing from New York on Norwegian Breakaway. The new itineraries go on sale on June 28, 2016, for Latitudes Rewards guests and travel partners and on June 29, 2016, for all reservations.
Norwegian Jewel’s inaugural Australasian itineraries will begin on October 3, 2017, with a variety of Hawaii, French Polynesia and South Pacific cruises. Highlights of Norwegian Jewel’s inaugural season in Australia include seven Sydney round-trip cruises with a five-day Sydney-Tasmania-Sydney cruise departing on November 12, 2017, as well as a nine-day voyage visiting many burgeoning regional destinations, including Eden, Kangaroo Island and Tasmania’s Burnie, departing December 14, 2017. Norwegian Jewel’s ten to 16-day Australia and New Zealand itineraries depart between November 2017 and February 2018, with highlights including cruising through New Zealand’s striking Milford Sound and the Bay of Islands. Norwegian Jewel will make its way from Sydney to Singapore on an 18-day cruise departing February 20, 2018, where guests can enjoy Far North Queensland, Darwin, and a visit to Komodo Island. In a nod to Norwegian Jewel’s new homeport, guests will be treated to local Australian cuisine, including regional beef, lamb, seafood, fine wines and ales, along with entertainment featuring the home-grown ballroom spectacular Burn the Floor as part of Norwegian Jewel’s onboard entertainment while the ship is in Australia.
Following its Australian season, Norwegian Jewel will undertake a range of Asian itineraries visiting Vietnam, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Korea and more.
Those guests sailing from Tampa and New Orleans in the southern U.S. will have a different ship in each market to choose from next fall. Norwegian Dawn, currently undergoing a multi-million dollar refurbishment as a part of The Norwegian Edge investment program, will sail seasonally from Tampa and San Juan, and Norwegian Pearl from New Orleans. Norwegian Dawn will move south next fall and homeport in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from November 12, 2017 – January 7, 2018, sailing seven-, 10- and 11-day Southern Caribbean itineraries during the holiday season. Ports of call will include Bridgetown, Barbados; Fort-de-France, Martinique; Basseterre, St. Kitts; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, with varying calls on longer itineraries. From January 17- February 7, 2018, Norwegian Dawn will sail from Tampa for a series of two 11-day Eastern Caribbean and one 10-day Western Caribbean cruises, and then sail a series of seven-day Western Caribbean cruises departing on Sundays from Tampa, from February 18 – April 1, 2018 that will include a port of call at the resort-style destination, Harvest Caye, Belize, being developed by Norwegian.
New for 2017 and 2018, Norwegian Pearl will sail seven-, eight- and nine-day Western Caribbean cruises from New Orleans, from October 22, 2017, to April 1, 2018. The ship’s ports of call from the Crescent City will include Cozumel, Mexico; Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras; Harvest Caye, Belize; and Costa Maya, Mexico, with varying ports for longer itineraries that can include George Town, Grand Cayman and Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala.
Guests who wish to cruise to the Caribbean from New York can set sail on board Norwegian Breakaway, to either the Bahamas and Florida or the Southern, Eastern and – new for 2018 – Western Caribbean in fall and winter 2017 and 2018. Norwegian Breakaway will sail seven-day Bahamas & Florida cruises from New York from October 1, 2017, to April 29, 2018, with calls in Port Canaveral, Norwegian’s private Bahamian island destination Great Stirrup Cay that’s currently undergoing a multi-million dollar enhancement, and Nassau. For those guests looking for a longer getaway, they can cruise to the Southern Caribbean on one of Norwegian Breakaway’s two 14-day Southern Caribbean itineraries on January 5 and February 2, 2018, that explore the U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, St. Maarten, Dominica and more, or sail on a 12-day Eastern Caribbean cruise on December 3, 2017, with calls in St. Kitts, Antigua, Tortola and more. New for 2018 is a 14-day Western Caribbean cruise from New York that will include calls at two of Norwegian’s destination experiences, Great Stirrup Cay and Harvest Caye, Belize, along with Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; Roatan, Honduras; and Cozumel, Mexico.