Norwegian Cruise Line counts down to the return of Asia cruising. The Norwegian Jewel makes her grand return.

Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line the innovator in global cruise travel with a 56-year history of breaking boundaries, is counting down to its much-awaited return to sailing in Asia after more than three years when the newly revitalised Norwegian Jewel makes her grand return to Tokyo on 19 October 2023.

“After more than three years, Asia is back in a big way!” said Ben Angell, NCL VP and Managing Director, APAC. “We know our Australian guests can’t wait to return to this incredible region and as a smaller ship, Norwegian Jewel is the perfect size to explore Asia’s lesser-known ports, while offering all the features we know local cruisers love, including the hit Australian disco and burlesque show, ‘Velvet’.”

Norwegian Jewel’s extensive six-month Asia season will offer 16 immersive, port-rich itineraries visiting 11 countries and sailing from nine different departure ports, including Tokyo and Yokohama in Japan; Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan; Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand; Bali (Benoa), Indonesia and Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Malaysia. 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 call:

  • Manila, Boracay, Palawan and Salomague, Philippines
  • Bintan Island, Indonesia
  • Hualien, Taiwan

A focus on destination immersion means guests will enjoy country-intensive cruises that uncover the wonders of trending destinations like Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia; open-jaw itineraries that allow cruisers to book-end their trip with land tours; together with fewer sea days, longer stays in port and more overnights. Boasting an average of less than two sea days per sailing, up to 13.5 hours in destinations like Singapore and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, as well as extended overnight stays in places that come alive at night, such as Phuket, Osaka and Bali (Benoa) – Norwegian Jewel provides the ultimate way to explore vibrant Asia.

Asia season highlights:

  • An 11-day Asia: 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 11 December 2023, fares start from AUD$2,858.
  • An 11-day Asia: 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 29 February 2024, fares start from AUD$3,350.
  • An 11-day Asia: 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. Departing 5 January 2024, fares start from AUD$3,341.