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Norwegian Cruise Line to resume Asia Cruising in October 2023 after three years

Norwegian Jewel
Skyline and Port of Kobe in Japan at twilight

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is counting down to its much-awaited return to sailing in Asia after more than three years when the newly revitalised Norwegian Jewel makes her grand return to Tokyo on October 19, 2023.

“After more than three years Asia is back in a big way!” said Ben Angell, NCL VP and Managing Director, APAC. “Asia is trending right now, and we know that our adventure-loving guests can’t wait to cruise this incredible region once again. In fact, we recently found that 8 out of 10 Indian families who are planning to travel internationally are considering a cruise holiday.  Whether you are looking to explore new destinations or simply unwind and enjoy some quality family time with your loved ones, Norwegian Jewel is the perfect ship for you. Onboard, Indian guests can enjoy breathtaking excursions to Asia’s lesser-known ports, enthralling entertainment, multiple dining options and a host of accommodation choices ideal for both small and large groups.”

Norwegian Jewel’s extensive six-month Asia season will offer 16 immersive, port-rich itineraries visiting 11 countries and sailing from nine different departure ports, including Tokyo and Yokohama in Japan; Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan; Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand; Bali (Benoa), Indonesia and Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Malaysia. With cruises ranging in length from 10-14 days, the season features a number of brand firsts: NCL’s first departures from Manila, Philippines and Seoul (Incheon), South Korea, as well as six new ports of call:

  • Manila, Boracay, Palawan and Salomague, Philippines
  • Bintan Island, Indonesia
  • Hualien, Taiwan

A focus on destination-immersion means guests will enjoy country-intensive cruises that uncover the wonders of trending destinations like Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia; open-jaw itineraries that allow cruisers to book-end their trip with land tours; together with fewer sea days, longer stays in port and more overnights. Boasting an average of less than two sea days per sailing, up to 13.5 hours in destinations like Singapore and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, as well as extended overnight stays in places that come alive at night, such as Phuket, Osaka and Bali (Benoa) – Norwegian Jewel provides the ultimate way to explore vibrant Asia.