NCL-Norwegian Cruise Line returns to Asia with Norwegian Jewel ship

   May 8, 2023 ,   Cruise Industry

NCL-Norwegian Cruise Line announced it will return to sailing in Asia after 3+ years when the refurbished Norwegian Jewel makes a grand return to Tokyo (Japan) on October 19th, and Singapore on November 11th.‌

This marks the start of a 6-month-long season featuring 16 immersive and port-rich itineraries, visiting 11 countries, and sailing from 9 different departure ports. These 9 departure ports include Tokyo and Yokohama in Japan; Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan; Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand; Bali (Benoa), Indonesia; and Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Malaysia.

The Asia season's cruise lengths vary from 10 to 14 days, and it will be the first time NCL has departures from Manila (Philippines) and Incheon-Seoul (South Korea) and will also feature 6 new ports-of-call like Manila, Boracay, Palawan and Salomague in the Philippines; Bintan Island Indonesia, Hualien Taiwan.

The season includes three 11-day Asian voyages with different itineraries. The first one departs on December 11th and sails through Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Cambodia.

The second itinerary departs on January 5 from Singapore and visits Thailand's Bangkok, Phuket, and Koh Samui via Malaysia's Langkawi and Penang.

The third itinerary starts on February 29th, 2024, and visits destinations in Taiwan and Japan, including an overnight stay in Osaka-Kyoto.

Norwegian Jewel cruise ship

‌Ben Angell (NCL APAC's VP and Managing Director) said they knew their guests could not wait to explore closer to home and as a smaller ship, Norwegian Jewel was the perfect size to explore Asia’s lesser-known ports while offering all the features that local cruisers loved, "from show-stopping musical acts and entertainment to a myriad of dining options that would delight any palette.”