After resuming cruise operations in the western market, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), one of leading cruise operators in the world, has announced its sailings in Asia for 2023. NCL has launched 12 immersive and port-rich cruises, ranging from 10- to 12-days on board Norwegian Jewel as well as a 16-day Extraordinary Journey from Seattle, Washington (U.S.) to Tokyo, Japan.
In a press release, NCL says the season will operate from October 2023 to March 2024 and will see a vast choice of departure ports including Tokyo and Yokohama, Japan; Taipei (Keelung); Singapore; Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Malaysia; Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand; Benoa, Bali; and Seoul (Incheon), South Korea. In addition, the company will make “Brand first” visits to four ports in the region including Puerto Princesa, Boracay, Salomague and Hualien, where travellers will explore the natural beauty and rich culture of the Philippines and Taiwan, says the press statement.
Norwegian Jewel returns to Asia for her second successful season in the region following a 16-day repositioning cruise from Seattle, Washington (U.S.) to Tokyo, Japan via the wilds of Alaska, says NCL. “Her port-intensive Asia itineraries mostly include less than two sea-days per cruise as well as multiple late-night departures and overnight calls on select itineraries in Osaka, Japan; Singapore; and Phuket, Thailand. Almost all cruises are open-jaw, allowing travellers to book-end their voyage with land explorations in different exotic destinations,” it adds.
“We are thrilled to return to Asia and to reaffirm our commitment to one of the most sought-after cruise destinations around the world,” says Harry Sommer, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line. “Asia is a key source market and our return allows our guests from Asia the freedom to sail with us from their doorstep. We couldn’t be more pleased to make our long-awaited return to this uniquely diverse and culturally rich region with Norwegian Jewel, a ship we already know is incredibly popular in Asia.”
NCL says that Asia’s energetic cities, lush green landscapes and idyllic tropical islands are best explored by sea. Whether guests are seeking to couple the culinary delights of Japan with the bright lights of Taipei, or an island-exploration of Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia, visiting jewels such as Langkawi, Lombok and Phuket, NCL’s Asia programme on board Norwegian Jewel offers travellers diverse itineraries together with the freedom to fully immerse themselves in the destination, says the cruise operator.
On board Norwegian Jewel, guests can enjoy numerous amenities including action-packed activities at the outdoor sports complex, high energy Zumba and Flywheel Sports classes, and multiple uniquely themed bars and lounges, including Bliss Ultra Lounge where guests can dance the night away, says the company. With a guest capacity of 2,376, Norwegian Jewel also offers some of the largest suites at sea with staterooms that accommodate every style and budget.