With the newly renewed Norwegian Jewel that makes its return to Tokyo on October 19, the cruise line Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is counting down to its eagerly anticipated return to sailing in Asia after more than three years. According to a statement from the cruise company, during its extensive six-month Asia season, Norwegian Jewel will sail from nine different ports, including Tokyo and Yokohama in Japan, Taipei (Keelung), Thailand, Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Bali (Benoa), Indonesia, and Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Malaysia, on 16 immersive, port-rich itineraries that will visit 11 different countries.
It adds that with cruises ranging in length from 10-14 days, the season features a number of brand firsts: NCL’s first departures from Manila, Philippines and Seoul (Incheon), South Korea, as well as six new ports of Manila, Boracay, Palawan and Salomague, Philippines, Bintan Island, Indonesia & Hualien, Taiwan.
The statement says that Asia season highlights include an 11-day Asia package to Singapore, Thailand & Vietnam cruise from Kuala Lumper (Port Klang), Malaysia to Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand via nine destinations, including Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, Sihanoukville in Cambodia and Ko Samui in Thailand, departing December 11.
It adds that another itinerary lists Osaka, Kochi, Nagoya & Himeji cruise from Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan to Tokyo, Japan with no sea days. 11 ports of call include Okinawa, Mt Fuji (Shimizu) and an overnight stay in Kyoto (Osaka), departing February 29 .
The statement goes on to say that the Thailand, Vietnam & Malaysia cruise from Singapore to Bangkok (Laem Chabang) via Langkawi and Penang in Malaysia as well as Phuket and Ko Samui in Thailand is available from January 5.
The statement says that the newly revitalised ship boasts completely refreshed accommodations, including staterooms, suites and bathrooms throughout, for the ultimate home away from home. And those with a taste for the finer things in life will fall in love with The Haven by Norwegian. Located at the top of the ship, The Haven houses NCL’s most elevated suites and villas accommodating up to eight people, complete with concierge and 24-hour butler service, a private sundeck and pool exclusively for guests of The Haven.
It adds that with capacity for 2,376 guests, Norwegian Jewel boasts 13 bars and 15 dining options, including three Asian restaurants: Sushi, Teppanyaki and Chin Chin, where friendly wait-staff serve up freshly prepared noodles and wok-fried dishes. Guests can avail the sports court or indulge in wellness at Mandara Spa and Thermal Suite.