Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has introduced enhancements to its 2019 and 2020 itineraries to leverage the strong global demand environment in highly sought after destinations.
Norwegian Joy will join sister ship Norwegian Bliss sailing seasonally in Alaska in summer 2019 and will offer Mexican Riviera and Panama Canal voyages in winter 2019/2020. Norwegian Pearl will sail to Europe as the cruise line’s sixth ship in the region in summer 2019, while Norwegian Jade and Jewel will significantly expand Norwegian’s presence in Australasia in winter 2019/2020. Maintaining NCL’s commitment to serving the Chinese cruise market, Norwegian Spirit will sail seasonally in China beginning summer 2020.
“The booming demand environment in our core markets around the world, coupled with Norwegian Bliss’ record-breaking performance, continue to exceed our expectations,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “As a result, we are leveraging the strategic benefits of our growing fleet to quickly seize sizable opportunities in over performing, unserved and underserved markets to meet the demands of our global customer base and drive higher returns for our shareholders.”
In April 2019, Norwegian Joy will reposition to Seattle to offer seven-day voyages to Alaska, replacing Norwegian Pearl as NCL’s third ship in the region, joining Norwegian Bliss and Jewel. Prior to its arrival in Seattle, Norwegian Joy will undergo approximately US$50 million in upgrades making its designs and offerings identical to those of sister ship, Norwegian Bliss, the newest and most successful ship in the line’s 51-year history.
Following its inaugural Alaska season, Norwegian Joy will sail to Los Angeles for a season of Mexican Riviera and Panama Canal voyages in winter 2019/2020.
As Norwegian Joy enters the Alaska market in summer 2019, the 2,400-passenger Norwegian Pearl will deploy to Europe, further strengthening the line’s seasonal European deployment to six ships. It will offer new and varied itineraries from Amsterdam.
Norwegian Joy’s seasonal sailings in Los Angeles in winter 2019/2020 allows for Norwegian Jewel, which will be refurbished this fall, to return to Australia/New Zealand, Asia and the South Pacific for a third year of seasonal cruises from Honolulu, Papeete, Sydney, Auckland, Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo (Yokohama).