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Norwegian Cruise Line Expands Its Presence Across Asia Pacific, with 24 New Itineraries

Norwegian Cruise Line

Company Now Offering Nearly 90 Voyages Across Asia Pacific from 15 Departure Ports, and Calls to Over 60 Destinations from September 2024 through March 2026

Norwegian Sky, Sun and Spirit to Debut in Asia Pacific, Making it NCL’s Largest Deployment in the Region in its History

New Immersive Asia Cruise Itineraries Include an Average of 10 Hours in Port; Over 30 Overnight Calls; Five New-to-Brand Visits in Australia and Japan; As Well As Seven Debut Great Barrier Reef and South Pacific Cruises

Norwegian Spirit will make her debut in Asia on May 26, 2024 with a 10-day cruise departing from Tokyo, followed by a season of nine-to-15-day voyages to Japan and Southeast Asia from Sept. 2024 through Nov. 2025

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), the innovator in global cruise travel with a 57-year history of breaking boundaries, launches 24 new port-intensive cruises across Asia, for a total of 85 Asia Pacific voyages from September 2024 through March 2026 on new-to-the-region ships – Norwegian Spirit, Sun and Sky.

For the first time in its history, NCL will deploy the most ships in this part of the world for an extended season of bucket-list worthy voyages from 15 departure ports, including Auckland, New Zealand; Bali (Benoa), Indonesia; Bangkok (Laem Chabang); Manila, Philippines; Papeete (Tahiti), French Polynesia; Seoul (Incheon), South Korea; Singapore; Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan; Tokyo and Yokohama, Japan; Vancouver, Canada; Sydney, Melbourne and for the first time, Cairns, Australia, and Lautoka, Fiji.  This will also mark the Brand’s first Northern Hemisphere summer cruises in Asia, offering guests more choices to discover the diverse scenery, culture and culinary delights of the region.

According to a survey by the Mastercard Economics Institute (MEI)*, more Indians are traveling now, especially internationally, than ever before.  With 50 percent of the top 10 destinations in the Asia-Pacific region including countries like Japan, Malaysia, South Korea and Indonesia, NCL is living up to its commitment to deliver immersive port-rich itineraries to the world’s most sought-after destinations.

NCL is living up to its commitment to deliver immersive port-rich itineraries to the world’s most sought-after destinations.

These new nine-to-19-day voyages offer guests an average of 10 hours in port to over 60 dream locations, including Brand-first calls to Albany, Busselton, Fremantle, Port Douglas and Townsville in Australia; Matsuyama and Niigata in Japan; Aitutaki in the Cook Islands; and Suva in Fiji.  Spanning 18 months, this season will also feature 36 overnight port stays in Asia Pacific to 11 unique places.  Some of the highlights include Osaka, Japan, where guests can explore over 1,600 temples and fascinating heritage; Himeji, Japan, home to the iconic UNESCO World Heritage-listed Himeji Castle; and Tokushima, Japan, where guests can savour a wide variety of culinary specialties, learn about the town’s deep history and culture, and visit the Tatsue-ji Temple.  Other overnight calls include Hong Kong, Asia’s culinary capital where ancient traditions blend with modern marvels; and Bangkok (Laem Chabang), home to splendid golden temples and palaces, including the revered Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the opulent Royal Palace. Additionally, for the first time, NCL will overnight in Bali, Indonesia and the idyllic island of Lembar, Lombok. 

“In response to the strong demand for Asia as a destination, we are thrilled to launch 24 new immersive itineraries as part of our most extensive Asia Pacific offering to date.  Demonstrating our ongoing commitment to the region as both a destination and source market, NCL is now offering 85 Asia Pacific voyages from September 2024 through March 2026 across three ships and fifteen departure ports including Bali, Papeete, Tokyo and Singapore.” said Ben Angell, Vice President, and Managing Director Norwegian Cruise Line APAC.

Norwegian Spirit will debut in Asia on 26 May 2024 for a 10-day Japan cruise departing from Tokyo. Then, in the spring, she will return for a season of nine-to-15-day voyages to Japan and Southeast Asia, from 22 Sept. 2024 through 17 Nov. 2025, exploring both well-known and off-the-beaten-path cities that invite a deeper exploration, and truly come alive after dark, such as Himeji, Osaka, Tokyo and Tokushima in Japan; Hong Kong; Incheon in South Korea; Taipei (Keelung) in Taiwan; and Bangkok (Laem Chabang) in Thailand. From December 2025 to March 2026, she will return to offer a series of 11-to14-day journeys to-and-beween Australia and New Zealand.

This December, Norwegian Sun will make her Australian debut, arriving in Brisbane and Melbourne on 18 and 21 Dec. 2024, following a leisurely 18-day French Polynesia and South Pacific sailing, which departs Papeete on 03 Dec. and visits eight ports. She will sail a section of 12-to-15-day voyages between Australia and New Zealand, including a new collection of Brand-first itineraries to the Great Barrier Reef and South Pacific between Cairns and Lautoka, Australia, which is also NCL’s first turnaround in both ports.  She will also sail six island-hopping French Polynesia cruises between Fiji and Tahiti and two Asia cruises through 21 May 2025. From November 2025 to March 2026, Norwegian Sun will sail a selection of 11-to-15-day itineraries exploring Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea and other highly sought out destinations in Southeast Asia. In addition, Norwegian Sky will debut in Asia in January 2025, offering select Japan and Southeast Asia cruises ranging from 10-to-17 days through March 2025. 

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