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The new homeported Norwegian Jewel will be returning to Australia for the 2018/19 wave season with a fresh new look.

Following strong bookings for her inaugural season, the Norwegian Jewel will be going into dry dock in October 2018, ready for her Australian sailings from November.

While the details of her refurbishment have not been revealed, NCL said they believe the Australian and New Zealand market will be thrilled with the changes.

“The excitement around Norwegian Jewel’s highly anticipated Australian season, beginning next month, has reached fever pitch. We can’t wait for local cruise fans to experience the freedom and flexibility of cruising with Norwegian Cruise Line first hand.

“Buoyed by strong bookings from Aussie travellers for her first local season, she will be returning refreshed and ready for her second season in Australian waters beginning November 2018,” said Steve Odell, Senior Vice President and Managing Director Asia Pacific for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.  

The line also recently announced new sailings for the 2018/19 season including 19-day transpacific journey from Vancouver to Tokyo (Yokohama) via Alaska and Russia; a 19 day Journey to Australia from Singapore with stops in Bali and Komodo Island; a new 13-day South Pacific itinerary and – back by popular demand – a series of sailings in and around Australia and New Zealand, including a seven-day Tasmania itinerary in the days leading up to Christmas.

Currently, the Norwegian Jewel has 16 dining options with a mixture of included and specialty restaurants and the ship has plenty of bars which offer champagne, sake, mojito, whiskey and cabaret, as well as a poolside bar for afternoon cocktails at sea.

Guests onboard will be able to watch some of Norwegian’s famous entertainment offerings including cirque magic as well as comedy performances during her second season Down Under. There will also be active options like basketball, tennis as well as volleyball. Gym fans can choose classes ranging from Zumba to yoga, while those keen to dial down the pace may want to book in to be pampered at the Mandara Spa and Spa Thermal Suite.

Accommodation options aboard Norwegian Jewel range from inside staterooms through to balcony staterooms. Interconnecting rooms and multiple-bedroom suites are also available for families.

For an indulgent experience, Norwegian Jewel’s ultra-exclusive The Haven by Norwegian is home to the luxurious and exclusive suites and villas, many with private courtyards, spas, pools and deck areas, as well as dedicated concierge services.