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NCL’s Jewel To Call Australia Home


Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has unveiled several itineraries for its Fall/Winter 2017/2018 deployment, featuring an array of itineraries from US ports of departure, as well as new Australia & New Zealand itineraries from Sydney and Auckland.

New for 2017/18, Norwegian Jewel will be based in the Asia Pacific region with departures to and from Australia beginning November 2017; San Juan, Puerto Rico returns as a seasonal homeport, with Norwegian Dawn sailing from the Caribbean port, as well as Tampa, Florida; along with a new 14-day Western Caribbean sailing from New York on Norwegian Breakaway. The new itineraries go on sale on June 28 for Latitudes Rewards guests and travel partners and on June 29 for all reservations.

“As the Norwegian Cruise Line brand continues to grow internationally, we are incredibly excited to offer new and more exotic itineraries for our guests, including a full season of cruises from Australia and New Zealand in Fall/Winter 2017/2018,” said NCL president Andy Stuart. “We also continue to offer a wide variety of engaging and interesting itineraries for our guests sailing from the US, including favourite destinations like the Caribbean and the Bahamas.”

Norwegian Jewel’s inaugural Australasian itineraries will bring guests to some of the region’s top ports, beginning on Oct. 3, 2017 with a variety of Hawaii, French Polynesia and South Pacific cruises, as the ship sails from Vancouver to Sydney.

Highlights of Jewel’s inaugural season in Australia include seven Sydney round-trip cruises featuring a five-day Sydney-Tasmania-Sydney cruise departing on Nov. 12, 2017, as well as a nine-day voyage visiting many burgeoning regional destinations including Eden, Kangaroo Island and Tasmania’s Burnie, departing Dec. 14, 2017. Norwegian Jewel’s 10- to 16-day Australia and New Zealand itineraries depart between November 2017 and February 2018, with highlights including cruising through New Zealand’s Milford Sound and the Bay of Islands. Jewel will make its way from Sydney to Singapore on an 18-day adventure departing Feb. 20, 2018 where guests can enjoy the best of Far North Queensland, Darwin, and enjoy a visit to the enchanting Komodo Island.

In a nod to Norwegian Jewel’s new homeport, guests will be treated to the finest local Australian cuisine including regional beef, lamb, seafood, fine wines and ales, along with award-winning entertainment featuring the epic home-grown ballroom spectacular Burn the Floor as part of Norwegian Jewel’s onboard entertainment while in Australia.

Following its Australian season, Jewel will undertake a range of exotic Asian itineraries visiting Vietnam, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Korea and more, offering travellers the opportunity to explore some of the best Asia has to offer.


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