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MIAMI — Norwegian Cruise Line is looking ahead to 2020 and 2021 with new itineraries on a long list of its ships including soon-to-debut Norwegian Encore.
Set to launch later this year, Norwegian Encore will head to Seattle in 2021 with seven-day cruises to Alaska alongside sister ship Norwegian Bliss. The itineraries also include Norwegian Joy’s arrival in New York for the first time.
And Norwegian Spirit, which will undergo an extensive multi-million-dollar revitalization in early 2020, will sail a variety of port-intensive itineraries from Tokyo and Hong Kong.
Norwegian Jewel will sail French Polynesia, 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 NCL President and CEO Andy Stuart. “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 savour every moment of their cruise vacation when they travel with us.”
Following are the itineraries announced today:
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 as well as to Victoria beginning April 24, 2021. The ship’s first visit to Icy Strait Point will be on May 12, 2021. Norwegian Encore will start its Alaska season on May 2, 2021, sailing to Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Victoria. 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 from April 2020 to October 2020. Beginning May 10, 2021, Norwegian Jewel returns to Vancouver and Seward to sail its “incredibly popular” seven-day Glacier Bay Northbound and Inside Passage itineraries.
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. The ship’s Eastern Caribbean sailings will include calls to Puerto Plata, St. Thomas, Tortola, and Norwegian’s private island, Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas. Western Caribbean cruises feature visits to Roatán Island, Costa Maya and Cozumel and Belize’s Harvest Caye. Norwegian Breakaway’s Southern Caribbean cruises will visit Oranjestad, Willemstad, Kralendijk, and Puerto Plata.
BERMUDA, CANADA & NEW ENGLAND
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. Seven-day Bermuda sailings will offer guests three full days to explore the island, while five-day Canada and New England voyages will feature visits to Portland and Halifax.
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. Visits include Bar Harbor and Portland, Halifax and Sydney, Saguenay, and Charlottetown. Following 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, Halifax and Saint John.
On April 25, 2021, Norwegian Epic will return to Europe to sail its popular seven-day itineraries from Barcelona, Spain and Rome (Civitavecchia) with calls to Naples and Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Cannes, and Palma de Mallorca. Beginning May 2, 2021, Norwegian Dawn will once again cruise the Greek Isles from Venice with seven-day sailings that include visits to Kotor, Dubrovnik and Corfu, Santorini, Mykonos and Argostoli. As of April 29, 2021, Norwegian Getaway will offer 10 and 11-day cruises to the Greek Isles and Italy from Rome (Civitavecchia) with stops in Kotor, Dubrovnik, Corfu, Santorini, Mykonos and Athens (Piraeus), and Naples and Florence/Pisa (Livorno). Returning to Europe on May 28, 2021, Norwegian Escape will offer nine-day cruises to the Baltic region from Copenhagen with calls to Warnemünde, Tallinn, Helsinki, Stockholm (Nynashamn) and an overnight in Saint Petersburg.
ASIA & SOUTH PACIFIC
Beginning May 9, 2020 and opening for sale on May 1, 2019, Norwegian Spirit will sail a variety of port-intensive itineraries from Tokyo and Hong Kong. These 11 to 15-day itineraries will feature bucket-list worthy destinations including calls to Shanghai and Beijing, Osaka, Okinawa, Mount Fuji (Shimizu) and Sapporo, and Taipei (Keelung).
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, Papeete, Honolulu and Vancouver featuring visits to Bora Bora, Moorea, Raiatea, and Nuku Hiva, Lautoka, Suva, and Dravuni, Noumea, Lifou, and Ille des Pins, Mystery Island, Espiritu Santo, and Port Vila, and the Big Island (Hilo and Kailua-Kona), Maui (Kahului), Kauai (Nawiliwili) and Oahu (Honolulu).