NCL rolls out new Asia-Pacific and Australia cruises for 2024-2026 seasons

   May 23, 2024 ,   Cruise Industry

NCL-Norwegian Cruise Line is set to launch 30+ new port-intensive cruises across the Asia Pacific, Australia, and New Zealand regions. These voyages, spanning from September 2024 through March 2026, will be carried out on the NCL ships Spirit, Sun, and Sky, which are new to these regions.

For the first time in its history, NCL will deploy its largest number of ships in this part of the world for an extended season. The voyages will depart from 15 ports including Auckland, New Zealand; Bali (Benoa), Indonesia; Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand; Manila, Philippines; Papeete (Tahiti), French Polynesia; Seoul (Incheon), South Korea; Singapore; Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan; Tokyo and Yokohama, Japan; Vancouver, Canada; Sydney, Melbourne, and for the first time, Cairns, Australia, and Lautoka, Fiji.

NCL’s new itineraries will mark the brand's first summer cruises in Asia, reflecting the growing interest in off-season travel and the increasing popularity of the Asia-Pacific region among travelers. These 9-to-19-day voyages offer extensive port stays, averaging 10 hours in 60+ destinations. Highlights include first-time calls to Albany, Busselton, Fremantle, Port Douglas, and Townsville in Australia; Matsuyama and Niigata in Japan; Aitutaki in the Cook Islands; and Suva in Fiji. The season will feature 36 overnight port stays in unique locations across the Asia-Pacific, enhancing guests' exploration opportunities.

Notable overnight stays include Osaka, Japan, with its 1,600 temples; Himeji, Japan, home to the UNESCO-listed Himeji Castle; and Tokushima, Japan, known for its culinary specialties and historical sites. Other overnight destinations include Hong Kong, a blend of ancient traditions and modern marvels; Bangkok (Laem Chabang), with its golden temples and palaces; and Melbourne, Australia, renowned for its architecture and native wildlife.

Norwegian Spirit ship will debut in Asia on May 26, 2024, with a 10-day cruise from Tokyo. She will then undertake a series of 9-to-15-day voyages in Japan and Southeast Asia from September 22, 2024, through November 17, 2025. Following this, from December 2025 to March 2026, she will offer 11-to-14-day journeys between Australia and New Zealand.

Norwegian Sun ship will make her Australian debut in December 2024, with an 18-day voyage from Papeete. She will sail 12-to-15-day voyages between Australia and New Zealand, and a new series of itineraries to the Great Barrier Reef and South Pacific. She will also operate 6 island-hopping cruises in French Polynesia and two Asia cruises until May 2025. From November 2025 to March 2026, Norwegian Sun will explore Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, and other Southeast Asian destinations on 11-to-15-day itineraries.

Norwegian Sky ship will debut in Asia in January 2025, offering 10-to-17-day cruises in Japan and Southeast Asia through March 2025.