Norwegian Cruise Line: adding 30 new routes in Asia-Pacific, Australia and New Zealand


Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), the innovator in global cruise travel with 57 years of boundary-breaking history, is launching over 30 new port-intensive cruises to Asia-Pacific, Australia and New Zealand from September 2024 to March 2026.

For the first time in its history, NCL will launch most ships to this part of the world from 15 ports of departure, including Auckland, New Zealand, Bali, Indonesia, 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 summer cruises to Asia, to discover the region’s culture and gastronomy.

Asia is of growing interest among travelers, with Asia-Pacific being the main driver of travel growth. Over 18 months, this season will also include 36 overnight stays in Asia Pacific ports in 11 unique locations.

Some of the highlights include Osaka, Japan, where guests can explore over 1,600 temples and fascinating heritage; Himeji, Japan, home to Himeji Castle, the iconic UNESCO World Heritage site. Other overnight calls include Hong Kong, where ancient traditions blend with modern marvels, making it Asia’s culinary capital; Bangkok (Laem Chabang), home to splendid golden temples and palaces, including the revered Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the opulent Royal Palace; and Melbourne, Australia, where guests can spend extra time exploring striking architecture, chic galleries and even encounter native wildlife at nearby parks. Additionally, for the first time, NCL will overnight in Bali and the idyllic island of Lembar (Lombok), Indonesia.

With the increased interest in more immersive and exotic itineraries, we are excited to expand our season and offer additional ships to cater to travelers looking to uncover the most sought-out cities in the region, but also those less discovered.  Countries in Asia Pacific provide unmatched diversity, from so many captivating cultures across Asia to island-hopping in the South Pacific and the rugged natural beauty of Australia and New Zealand. Now, with more voyages, choice of ships and departure ports to choose from, guests can curate their vacation to this region their way.” said David J. Herrera, president of Norwegian Cruise Line.

Norwegian Spirit will debut in Asia on 26th May, 2024 for a 10-day Japan cruise departing from Tokyo. Then, in the fall, she will return for a season of nine-to-15-day voyages to Japan and Southeast Asia, from 22nd September 2024 through 17th November, 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.

This December, Norwegian Sun will make her Australian debut, arriving in Brisbane and Melbourne on 18th and 21st of December, 2024, following a leisurely 18-day French Polynesia and South Pacific sailing, which departs Papeete on 3rd December and visits eight ports. 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.

Guests looking to maximise their Asia Pacific cruise adventure can take advantage of NCL’s Free at Sea program, which delivers more value with holiday enhancing benefits including specialty dining credits, unlimited beverage package, shore excursion credits, Wi-Fi minutes and more.

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