Norwegian Cruise Line counts down to return of Asia cruising after three years


Norwegian Jewel’s extensive six-month Asia season will offer 16 immersive, port-rich itineraries

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is counting down to its 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 eight 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. 

About Norwegian Jewel

With capacity for 2,376 guests, Norwegian Jewel boasts 13 bars and 15 dining options, including three Asian restaurants: Sushi, Teppanyaki and Chin Chin, where friendly wait-staff serve up freshly prepared noodles and wok-fried dishes. Guests can get active on the sports court for a game of basketball or indulge in wellness at Mandara Spa and Thermal Suite, complete with Thalasso Therapy Pool, steam room and sauna. Show-stopping entertainment includes Rock You Tonight, a high energy production showcasing music from rock icons Queen, Journey and The Who, as well as ‘Velvet,’ the critically acclaimed Australian musical that features disco classics like ‘Turn the Beat Around’ and ‘Boogie Wonderland’, fused with burlesque, cabaret and acrobatic circus elements. 

The newly revitalized ship boasts completely refreshed accommodations, including staterooms, suites and bathrooms throughout, for the ultimate home away from home. And those with a taste for the finer things in life will fall in love with The Haven by Norwegian®. Located at the top of the ship, The Haven houses NCL’s most elevated suites and villas accommodating up to eight people, complete with concierge and 24-hour butler service, a private sundeck and pool exclusively for guests of The Haven.  

For a limited time, NCL is offering incredible savings of up to 35% across the season. 

Asia season highlights:

  • An 11-day Asia: Singapore, Thailand & Vietnam cruise from Kuala Lumper (Port Klang), Malaysia to Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand via nine destinations, including Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, Sihanoukville in Cambodia and Ko Samui in Thailand. Departing 11 December 2023, fares start from USD 1,204.
  • An 11-day Asia: Osaka, Kochi, Nagoya & Himeji cruise from Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan to Tokyo, Japan with no sea days. 11 ports of call include Okinawa, Mt Fuji (Shimizu) and an overnight stay in Kyoto (Osaka). Departing 29 February 2024, fares start from USD 1,664.
  • An 11-day Asia: Thailand, Vietnam & Malaysia cruise from Singapore to Bangkok (Laem Chabang) via Langkawi and Penang in Malaysia as well as Phuket and Ko Samui in Thailand. Departing 5 January 2024, fares start from USD 1,534.