In an electrifying move, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) – a 56-year-old pioneer in global cruise tourism – announces its triumphant resurgence in Asia. After a suspense-filled three-year hiatus, this behemoth of oceanic journeys is all set to make waves again. The inaugural cruise aboard the opulent Norwegian Jewel will set off from the cosmopolitan hub of Tokyo on the 19th of October, 2023.
As Ben Angell, the Vice President and Managing Director of NCL APAC, passionately remarks, “The allure of Asia has long captured the imaginations of our Australian and New Zealand clientele. The anticipation has been palpable, and we’re resolute that our freshly minted Asian season will transcend expectations.” He further adds, “The majestic allure of Asia, from the pristine beaches of the Philippines to the enchanting autumn blossoms of Japan, is best savored from the embrace of the sea.”
Delve into the intricate tapestry of cultures and landscapes that the expansive six-month Asian cruise season promises. With 16 unique itineraries, NCL offers explorers an intimate glimpse into 11 countries while embarking on an impressive roster of nine different homeports. The destinations include cultural powerhouses such as Osaka, Kochi, Kobe, and Nagoya in Japan.
Moreover, the cruise season extends its embrace to many departure points. These include iconic cities like Yokohama, Taipei, Bangkok, Bali, and Kuala Lumpur. With each cruise ranging from 10 to 14 days, voyagers are treated to lavish stays of up to 13.5 hours in landmarks such as Singapore and Ho Chi Minh City. To further elevate the cruising experience, extended overnight visits are offered in nocturnally vibrant destinations such as Phuket, Osaka, and Bali.
But the offerings don’t just end at sea. Select cruises are paired with an immersive 3-night/4-day land exploration, courtesy of NCL’s signature Cruise Tours in Tokyo, Taipei, and Singapore. A further feather in this season’s cap is the groundbreaking voyage to and from the sprawling metropolis of Seoul, South Korea, in March 2024, which includes calls to the serene Jeju Island.
In a series of firsts, this season marks the inaugural departures from Manila, Philippines, and Seoul, South Korea. Additionally, it introduces six brand-new ports of call in destinations like Manila, Boracay, Palawan, Salomague, Bintan Island, and Hualien.
As for the Norwegian Jewel itself, it stands as a testament to luxury. With a capacity to host 2,376 guests, it houses 13 elite bars and 15 gourmet dining venues. Notably, three of these are dedicated to Asian cuisines – a true homage to the regions it sails in.
But wait, the opulence doesn’t stop there! Avail limited-time offers with up to 35% savings and enticing perks, including complimentary beverage and wi-fi packages, specialty dining, and more.
To dive deeper into the new NCL Asian itineraries, click here.
We recommend contacting a trusted travel professional today for exclusive bookings or more information on the NCL cruising experience.
For a detailed overview of Norwegian Jewel’s captivating Asian tours and further booking details, visit NCL’s Official Site.
WRITTEN BY: ANNE KEAM