If you're ready to start planning your next cruise vacation, you’ll be excited to know that Norwegian Cruise Line recently announced select itineraries for 2020 and 2021 for 12 of its 17 ships.
The itineraries include exciting opportunities to sail on some of Norwegian’s newest ships, like Norwegian Encore, which will make her debut in Seattle and sail seven-day cruises to Alaska alongside her sister ship Norwegian Bliss, as well as Norwegian Joy’s arrival in New York for the first time. Norwegian Spirit also brings some of that excitement, with news that she will undergo an extensive multi-million-dollar revitalization in early 2020 before sailing a variety of port-intensive itineraries from Tokyo, Japan and Hong Kong, China. Finally, Norwegian Jewel will offer French Polynesian, Hawaii and South Pacific cruises in spring 2020 and spring 2021.
“We are very excited to have opened for sale incredibly appealing itineraries across our innovative fleet,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “With these compelling sailings as well as the introduction of our latest ships, Norwegian Joy and Norwegian Encore, and the revitalization of our mid-size vessels, we are confident guests will continue to savor every moment of their cruise vacation when they travel with us.”
Just ahead, let’s look at some of the new itineraries that were recently announced:
Asia & South Pacific Cruises in 2020 and 2021
Beginning May 9, 2020 and opening for sale on May 1, 2019, Norwegian Spirit’s Asia cruises will sail a variety of port-intensive itineraries from Tokyo, Japan and Hong Kong, China. These 11- to 15-day itineraries will feature bucket-list worthy destinations including calls to Shanghai and Beijing, China; Osaka, Okinawa, Mount Fuji (Shimizu) and Sapporo, Japan; and Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan.
In early 2020, as part of the company’s Norwegian Edge® program, Norwegian Spirit will undergo an extensive multi-million-dollar revitalization including new venues, updated staterooms and public spaces.
Norwegian Jewel will sail a variety of French Polynesia, Hawaii, and South Pacific cruises in spring 2020 and spring 2021. Opening for sale on April 17, 2019, these 11- to 21-day sailings will cruise from Sydney, Australia; Papeete, Tahiti; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Vancouver, British Columbia featuring visits to incredible destinations such as Bora Bora, Moorea, Raiatea, and Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia; Lautoka, Suva, and Dravuni, Fiji; Noumea, Lifou, and Ille des Pins, New Caledonia; Mystery Island, Espiritu Santo, and Port Vila, Vanuatu; and the Big Island (Hilo and Kailua-Kona), Maui (Kahului), Kauai (Nawiliwili), and Oahu (Honolulu), Hawaii.
Caribbean Cruises in 2021
As of April 13, 2021, Norwegian Breakaway will cruise a mix of five, seven and nine-day Eastern, Western, and Southern Caribbean cruises from Miami. Her Eastern Caribbean sailings will include calls to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Norwegian’s private island, Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas. Her Western Caribbean cruises feature visits to Roatán Island, Honduras; Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico; and The Caribbean’s premier resort-style destination in Belize, Harvest Caye. Norwegian Breakaway’s Southern Caribbean cruises will visit Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curaçao; Kralendijk, Bonaire; and Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.
Alaska Cruises in 2020 and 2021
Norwegian Bliss, which launched in 2018, will be joined in Seattle this year and next by Norwegian Joy and in 2021 by the soon-to-debut Norwegian Encore. Both Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Encore will offer a variety of seven-day cruises. Norwegian Bliss will call to Juneau, Ketchikan and Icy Strait Point, Alaska as well as to Victoria, British Columbia beginning April 24, 2021. Her first visit to Icy Strait Point will be on May 12, 2021.
Norwegian Encore will commence her Alaska cruise season on May 2, 2021, sailing to Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan, Alaska; and Victoria, British Columbia. All of Norwegian Encore’s Alaska itineraries will feature Glacier Bay. Norwegian Joy will sail to Alaska, visiting Juneau, Ketchikan and Icy Strait Point as well as Victoria, British Columbia from April 2020 to October 2020. Beginning May 10, 2021, Norwegian Jewel will return to Vancouver, British Columbia and Seward, Alaska to sail her incredibly popular seven-day Glacier Bay Northbound and Inside Passage itineraries.
Bermuda, Canada & New England Cruises in 2021
Beginning April 14, 2021, Norwegian Joy will homeport in New York City for the first time, sailing a mix of Bermuda as well as Canada and New England cruises. Her seven-day Bermuda sailings will offer guests three full days to explore the island, while her five-day Canada and New England voyages will feature visits to Portland, Maine and Halifax, Nova Scotia.
From April 18, 2021, Norwegian Gem will sail a mix of seven-day Bermuda cruises from Boston as well as seven-day Canada and New England cruises from Boston and Quebec City, Canada. Visits include Bar Harbor and Portland, Maine; Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia; Saguenay, Quebec; and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
Following her Caribbean cruises from Miami on August 24, 2021, Norwegian Breakaway will sail seven-day Canada and New England cruises from New York that will include calls to Bar Harbor and Portland, Maine; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Saint John, New Brunswick.
Europe Cruises in 2021
On April 25, 2021, Norwegian Epic will return to Europe to sail her popular seven-day itineraries from Barcelona, Spain and Rome (Civitavecchia) with calls to Naples and Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy; Cannes, France; and Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
Beginning May 2, 2021, Norwegian Dawn will once again cruise the Greek Isles from Venice, Italy with seven-day sailings that include visits to Kotor, Montenegro; Dubrovnik, Croatia; and Corfu, Santorini, Mykonos and Argostoli, Greece.
As of April 29, 2021, Norwegian Getaway will offer 10- and 11-day cruises to the Greek Isles and Italy from Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy with stops in Kotor, Montenegro; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Corfu, Santorini, Mykonos and Athens (Piraeus), Greece; and Naples and Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy.
Returning to Europe on May 28, 2021, Norwegian Escape will offer nine-day cruises to the Baltic region from Copenhagen, Denmark with calls to Warnemünde, Germany; Tallinn, Estonia; Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm (Nynashamn), Sweden and an overnight in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
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