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Norwegian Cruise Line unveils details of 24 port-intensive cruises across Asia

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Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has unveiled details of over 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, the Norwegian Spirit, Sun and Sky.

NCL will operate an extended season of voyages from 15 departure ports, including Auckland, New Zealand; Bali, (Benoa) Indonesia; Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand; 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.

The new 9 to 19-day voyages offer guests an average of 10 hours in port to over 60 locations, including NCL-first calls to Albany, Busselton, Fremantle, Port Douglas and Townsville, Australia; Matsuyama and Niigata, Japan; Aitutaki in the Cook Islands; and Suva, Fiji.

Spanning 18 months, the season will also feature 36 overnight port stays in Asia Pacific to 11 unique places, including 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; and Tokushima, Japan, where guests can savour a wide variety of culinary specialties, as well learn about the town's deep history and culture, and even visit the Tatsue-ji Temple.

Other overnight calls include Hong Kong, Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand, as well as Bali and Lombok in Indonesia.

“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 offering to date,” said Ben Angell, Vice President, and Managing Director, Norwegian Cruise Line APAC. “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 15 departure ports, including Bali, Papeete, Tokyo and  Singapore.”

Norwegian Spirit will debut in Asia on May 26 for a 10-day Japan cruise departing from Tokyo. Then, in the spring, she will return for a season of 9 to 15-day voyages to Japan and Southeast Asia, from September 22 through November 17, 2025, exploring both well known and off the beaten path cities such as Himeji, Osaka, Tokyo and Tokushima, Japan; Hong Kong, Incheon, South Korea; Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan; and Bangkok (Laem Chabang) in Thailand.

From December 2025 to March 2026, Norwegian Spirit will return to offer a series of 11 to 14-day journeys to and between Australia and New Zealand.

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

She will then sail a section of 12 to 15-day voyages between Australia and New Zealand, including a new collection of NCL-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.

Norwegian Sun will also sail six island-hopping French Polynesia cruises between Fiji and Tahiti and two Asia cruises through May 21, 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.

© Travel News Asia

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Sounds wonderful.

Never been on NCL, but heard that their food is not as good as most.

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