Norwegian Jewel Set to Call Australia Home in Autumn 2017

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced several itineraries for the company’s autumn/winter 2017/2018 deployment, featuring a wide array of itineraries that include exciting new Australia & New Zealand itineraries from Sydney and Auckland, all offering Norwegian’s signature freedom and flexibility cruise experience.

New for 2017/18, Norwegian Jewel will be based in the Asia Pacific 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-night Western Caribbean sailing from New York on Norwegian Breakaway. The new itineraries go on sale on28 June 2016 for Latitudes Rewards guests and travel partners and on 29 June 2016 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 Andy Stuart, president and chief operating officer for Norwegian Cruise Line. “We also continue to offer a wide variety of engaging and interesting itineraries for our guests sailing from the U.S., including favorite destinations like the Caribbean and the Bahamas.”

Christian Boell, Managing Director EMEA, Norwegian Cruise Line, said: “2017 is an exciting year for Norwegian Cruise Line. Not only will we have five ships in Europe for the first time, offering new routes and destination ports such as Southampton and Hamburg, but we are also now offering customers the opportunity to explore some of the world’s top travel hotspots whilst enjoying the freedom and flexibility of a Norwegian cruise.”

Beginning on 3 October 2017, Norwegian Jewel’s inaugural Australasian itineraries will bring guests to some of the region’s most incredible ports, with a variety of Hawaii, French Polynesia and South Pacific cruises, as the ship sails from Vancouver to Sydney.  Highlights of Norwegian Jewel’s inaugural season in Australia include seven Sydney round-trip cruises featuring a five-night Sydney-Tasmania-Sydney cruise departing on 12 November, 2017, as well as a nine-night voyage visiting many burgeoning regional destinations including Eden, Kangaroo Island and Tasmania’s Burnie, departing 14 December 2017. Norwegian Jewel’s ten to 16-night Australia and New Zealand itineraries depart between November 2017 and February 2018, with highlights including cruising through New Zealand’s striking Milford Sound and the spectacular Bay of Islands. Norwegian Jewel will make her way from Sydney to Singapore on an 18-night adventure departing 20 February 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 on her voyages, along with award-winning entertainment featuring the epic home-grown ballroom spectacular Burn the Floor while she’s in Australia.

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

Guests sailing from Tampa and New Orleans in the southern U.S. will have different ships to choose from next autumn: Norwegian Dawn, sailing seasonally from Tampa and San Juan, and Norwegian Pearl, sailing from New Orleans. Norwegian Dawn will homeport in San Juan, Puerto Rico from 12 November 2017 – 7 January 2018, sailing seven-, ten- and 11-night Southern Caribbean itineraries during the holiday season. Ports of call will include Bridgetown, Barbados; Fort-de-France, Martinique; Basseterre, St. Kitts; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, with varying calls on longer itineraries. From 17 January – 7 February 2018, Norwegian Dawn will sail from Tampa for a series of two 11-night Eastern Caribbean and one ten-night Western Caribbean cruises, and then sail a series of seven-night Western Caribbean cruises departing from Tampa between18 February– 1 April 2018 that will include a port of call at the Caribbean’s premier resort-style destination, Harvest Caye, Belize, currently being developed by Norwegian.

New for 2017/2018, Norwegian Pearl will sail seven-, eight- and nine-night Western Caribbean cruises from New Orleans, from 22 October 2017 to 1 April 2018. Her ports of call from the Crescent City will include Cozumel, Mexico; Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras; Harvest Caye, Belize; and Costa Maya, Mexico, with varying ports for longer itineraries that can include George Town, Grand Cayman and Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala.

Guests who wish to cruise to the Caribbean from the Big Apple can set sail on board Norwegian Breakaway, the ship that brings the best of NYC to sea, to either the Bahamas and Florida or the Southern, Eastern and – new for 2018 – Western Caribbean in autumn and winter 2017/2018. Norwegian Breakaway will sail seven-night Bahamas & Florida cruises from New York from 1 October 2017 to 29 April 2018 with calls in Port Canaveral, Great Stirrup Cay – Norwegian’s private Bahamian island destination that’s currently undergoing a multi-million dollar enhancement, and Nassau. Guests looking for a more relaxing, longer getaway can cruise to the Southern Caribbean on one of Norwegian Breakaway’s two 14-night Southern Caribbean itineraries on 5 January and 2 February 2018 that explore the heart of the Caribbean in the US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, St. Maarten, Dominica and more, or sail away on a sun-drenched 12-night Eastern Caribbean cruise on 3 December 2017, with calls in St. Kitts, Antigua, Tortola and more. New for 2018, is a 14-night Western Caribbean cruise from NYC, that will let guests explore the wonders of the Caribbean’s deep blue waters, lush tropical mountains and spectacular beaches, featuring calls at two of Norwegian’s destination experiences – the private island Great Stirrup Cay, and newest resort-style port of call, Harvest Caye, Belize, along with Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; Roatan, Honduras; and Cozumel, Mexico.

Nuno Ribeiro

Founder and Editor at NCLfans.com. NCL Fan since a great cruise on Norwegian EPIC, i decided to share my passion in this cruise blog.

3 Responses

  1. Carol Vela says:

    Hi Nuno, any idea when NCL will announce the FINAL Fall/Winter 2017 itineraries? And/or, have you heard if there will be a cruise in the Fall 2017 similar to the “20-Day Eastern Mediterranean & The Gulf from Dubai” that’s sailing in Mar 2017 [CRUISE PORTS Embark Dubai (United Arab Emirates); Fujairah (United Arab Emirates); Muscat (Oman); Salalah (Oman); Aqaba (Jordan); Safaga (Egypt); Sharm el Sheikh (Egypt); Haifa (Israel); Iraklion (Crete) (Greece); Dubrovnik (Croatia); Disembark Venice (Italy)].

    Sure would appreciate any info you have. We’re going to have to make a decision very soon if to just go on the Mar 2017 one or continue waiting a bit for announcement. Can’t seem to find anyone that knows anything. BTW, do you know anyone I could contact at NCL who has anything to do with determining itineraries for NCL?

    Thank you so much! Appreciate you.

  2. Michael Lee says:

    Have the Jewel booked for a 10 day from Sydney to Auckland in January 2018. This will my first time on the Jewel. Have sailed the Dawn, Epic, Getaway (have the the Escape and the Getaway back to back this January). Do you have any tips or secrets on the Jewel? Can not wait to experience a new country and a new ship.

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