Norwegian Returns to Asia for the First Time in Three Years

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has announced its return to Asia as Norwegian Jewel set sail from Tokyo and commenced its six-month season of voyages in the region.

As the first ship in the NCL fleet to return to Asia in over three years, Norwegian Jewel will offer 16 itineraries, visiting 11 countries and sailing from nine departure ports, including Bangkok (Laem Chabang); Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang); Singapore; Taipei (Keelung); Bali (Benoa); Tokyo; Yokohama; and, for the first time in NCL history, Seoul (Incheon).

Cruises range from 10 to14 days with an average of less than two sea days per sailing, inviting guests to enjoy up to 13.5 hours in destinations such as Singapore and Ho Chi Minh City, as well as extended overnight stays in Phuket, Osaka and Bali. The line will also make its first calls to Manila, Boracay, Palawan and Salomague, Philippines; Bintan Island, Indonesia; and Hualien, Taiwan.

Firmly underlying the brand’s commitment to Asia, both as a source market and destination, NCL will deploy four ships in the region during the 2024-25 season. In addition to Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Spirit, Norwegian Sun and Norwegian Sky will also visit the area’s most diverse ports, offering guests the opportunity to explore destinations such as Japan, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, Philippines and Malaysia.

Making its premiere, Norwegian Sun will offer a six-month Asia Pacific season, including 13 itineraries from October 2024 to April 2025, four of which have never been offered before, including three departures from Melbourne, and an Auckland to Bali sailing in March 2025. Departure ports include Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Honolulu and Papeete.

Norwegian Spirit will return to Australian and New Zealand waters for its second consecutive season from December 2023 through March 2024 for a series of popular itineraries between Sydney and Auckland. It will then sail a number of repositioning cruises in the South Pacific, before returning to the region for a series of 14 Asia voyages during an eight-month season from September 2024 to April 2025, departing from Manila, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo and Seoul.

Norwegian Sky’s four-month Asian season comprises seven sailings departing from Manila, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo and Port Louis between December 2024 and March 2025. Sailings range from 10 to 17 days and include several immersive voyages in destinations such as the Philippines and Japan.

Select sailings can also be combined with a three-night land exploration with one of NCL’s “Cruise Tours” in Tokyo, Taipei and Singapore.

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