Norwegian Cruise Line has announced enhancements to its 2019 and 2020 itineraries to leverage strong global demand in key 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.
In a reflection of Norwegian Cruise Line’s ongoing interest in expanding in 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 CEO 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,” he added.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is the umbrella corporation that owns several major cruise companies, such as Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. It is the third-largest cruise corporation in the world after Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean Cruises.
Norwegian Joy to cruise Alaska, the Mexican Riviera and the Panama Canal
In April 2019, Norwegian Joy will reposition to Seattle to offer seven-day voyages to Alaska, replacing Norwegian Pearl as Norwegian Cruise Line’s third ship in the region, joining Norwegian Bliss and Jewel.
Prior to her arrival in Seattle, Norwegian Joy will undergo a $50 million upgrade to enhance her already popular features and bring her designs and offerings in-line with sister ship, Norwegian Bliss, the newest and most successful ship in the line’s 51-year history.
To complement Norwegian Bliss’ itineraries and provide guests with more places to explore and experience the natural beauty of Alaska, Norwegian Joy will cruise a variety of itineraries featuring Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, Holkham Bay and Icy Strait Point, long recognized for its untouched wilderness, rich culture and fresh seafood. She will also call into Victoria, British Columbia.
“Norwegian Cruise Line expanded the Alaska cruise experience as the first line to sail to the state from Seattle over 24 years ago,” said Andy Stuart, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line. “I am extremely excited to further strengthen our presence in the region with the addition of Norwegian Joy, sister ship to Norwegian Bliss, the most successful ship in our 51-year history.”
Enhancements to Norwegian Joy will include the addition of a Starbucks store as well as enhanced restaurant, bar and entertainment options.
Following her inaugural Alaska season, Norwegian Joy will sail to Los Angeles for a season of Mexican Riviera and Panama Canal voyages in winter 2019/2020.
This move will mark a turning point in the historically underserved winter cruise market on the West Coast of the United States with the arrival of a premier, state-of-the-art cruise ship.
Norwegian Joy’s new itineraries will be open for sale on July 24, 2018 on the Norwegian Cruise Line website.
Norwegian Pearl to cruise new itineraries in Europe
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.
She will offer new and varied itineraries from Amsterdam, a strategic pre-and-post cruise port where guests will have easy access to the heart of the city as well as Europe’s third largest and fastest growing airport.
Norwegian Pearl will also embark on a variety of Mediterranean sailings from Rome (Civitavecchia), Barcelona, and Venice.
Norwegian Jewel and Jade to cruise Australia and Asia
Norwegian Joy’s seasonal sailings in Los Angeles in winter 2019/2020 will free up capacity 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).
Building even further on the line’s presence in the region, the 2,400 passenger Norwegian Jade will offer a season of sailings throughout Southeast Asia departing from Singapore and Hong Kong in winter 2019/2020.
Port of call highlights include high demand locations such as Phuket, Langkawi, Penang, Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My) and Ha Long Bay.
In addition, Norwegian Jade will offer several unique itineraries through the Suez Canal and Indian Ocean on her repositioning cruises, featuring calls in Greece, Israel, Jordan, Dubai, the Maldives, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
The deployment of Norwegian Jewel and Jade to the region is aimed to take full advantage of the flourishing source market in Australia, which remains the world’s highest-penetrated cruise market and one of its most desirable destinations.
Refurbished Norwegian Spirit to cruise seasonally in China from summer 2020
Norwegian Cruise Line continues to expand its presence in the Chinese cruise market and will deploy the 2,000 passenger Norwegian Spirit seasonally to the region beginning in summer 2020.
Prior to her arrival, Norwegian Spirit will undergo a previously scheduled bow-to-stern revitalization as the final ship to undergo enhancements under the Norwegian Edge fleet refurbishment program.
In February 2020 her journey from Europe to Asia will feature several exclusive sailings with new calls for Norwegian Cruise Line including South Africa, Mauritius, Seychelles and Maldives.