Middle East Cruise News

NCL says Middle East bookings growing ahead of two-ship line-up in 2020

Norwegian Cruise Line will be cruising from Dubai with two ships in 2020 and expects significant interest from Middle East passengers based on strong sales growth over the last few years.

“Norwegian Cruises are popular in the Middle East and Africa region because of our ethos of freedom and flexibility,” says Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) Vice-President and Managing Director, Middle East & Africa, Nick Wilkinson.

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While 2019 will be a landmark year for the cruise line with the launch of the Norwegian Encore, he believes it will also be a year of robust advance bookings for cruises in 2020 from the region.

“Our ships are perfect for families with children, large groups or those who want to travel solo, have up to 27 dining options, award-winning Broadway entertainment and sail to nearly 300 of some of the world’s most desirable destinations,” he says.

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) Vice-President and Managing Director, Middle East & Africa, Nick Wilkinson.

Norwegian Cruise Line has two ships cruising from Dubai in 2020, Norwegian Jade and Norwegian Spirit.

“We are excited to announce that the recently refurbished Norwegian Jade will be doing a sailing of a lifetime in 2020 calling at Piraeus, Kusadasi, Rhodes, Limassol, Haifa, Port Said, Suez Canal, Safaga, Aqaba, Salalah, Fujairah and Abu Dhabi before disembarkation in Dubai,” says Wilkinson.

“In December of 2019, she will cruise from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, Khasab, Fujairah, Mormugao Goa, Make, Colombo Phuket, Langkawi, Penang, Port Klang before disembarking in Singapore,” he adds.

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Norwegian Spirit, meanwhile, will cruise from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, Fujairah and Muscat before heading to Mahe, Nosy Be/Nosy Komba, Port Louis, Port Des Galets, Richard’s Bay, Port Elizabeth and Mossel Bay before disembarking in Cape Town.

Norwegian Cruise Line has launched a number initiatives aimed at boosting Middle East cruise sales further.

“We have two dedicated campaigns that resonate most with the MEA market,” explains Wilkinson. “Free at Sea offers guests the choice to tailor their cruise the way they want with optional free extras such as wi-fi, speciality dining, shore excursions and third or fourth guest free. The BOGOHO – ‘Buy One Get One Half Off’ is great for families and always an extremely popular offering.”

“We are driving real confidence in the market with tailored promotions and our ‘Book With Confidence’ campaign, which allows guests to cancel or change their itinerary up to 120 days before sailing giving them security and confidence if their needs or requirements change (excludes The Haven),” he adds.

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