Norwegian Cruise Line will be deploying three ships to the Asia/Pacific region, offering 24 new cruises.

Starting from September 2024 through to March 2026, the line announced 24 new cruises visiting new ports, with more overnight stays.  

This will bring NCL’s presence in the Asia Pacific voyage to 85 itineraries on the Norwegian Spirit, Sun, and Sky.

With three ships in the region, this is the greatest number of vessels NCL has deployed to the region and they will sail from 15 ports.

Some of the departure ports include Auckland, Bali, Bangkok, Seoul, Tokyo and for the first time, Cairns and Lautoka.

This will also mark the Brand’s first Northern Hemisphere summer cruises in Asia.

These new nine-to-19-day voyages offer guests an average of 10 hours in port to over 60 locations.

NCL will be calling, for the first time, to places like Albany, Port Douglas and Fremantle in Australia; Matsuyama and Niigata in Japan; Aitutaki in the Cook Islands; and Suva in Fiji. 

The continuous 18-month season features 36 overnight port stays in Asia Pacific to 11 unique places.

NCL Asia’s highlights

Some of the highlights include Osaka, Japan, where guests can explore over 1,600 temples and fascinating heritage; Himeji, Japan, home to the iconic UNESCO World Heritage-listed Himeji Castle; and Tokushima, Japan, where guests can savour a wide variety of culinary specialties, learn about the town’s deep history and culture, and visit the Tatsue-ji Temple. 

Other overnight calls include Hong Kong, Asia’s culinary capital where ancient traditions blend with modern marvels; and Bangkok (Laem Chabang), home to splendid golden temples and palaces, including the revered Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the opulent Royal Palace. Additionally, for the first time, NCL will overnight in Bali, Indonesia and the idyllic island of Lembark, Lombok. 

NCL in Asia
NCL will visit more ports and spend 18 months in the region.

To celebrate the launch of these new itineraries, today, NCL has launched a limited-time Close to Home Sale where guests can enjoy additional savings of $500 on select Asia, Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific sailings, which is also combinable with NCL’s popular Free At Sea offer.

“In response to the strong demand for Asia as a destination, we are thrilled to launch 24 new immersive itineraries as part of our most extensive Asia-Pacific offering to date. 

“Demonstrating our ongoing commitment to the region as both a destination and source market, NCL is now offering 85 Asia Pacific voyages from September 2024 through March 2026 across three ships and fifteen departure ports including Bali, Papeete, Tokyo, and Singapore.” said Ben Angell, Vice President, and Managing Director Norwegian Cruise Line APAC.

Norwegian Spirit

  • Norwegian Spirit will debut in Asia on 26 May 2024 for a 10-day Japan cruise departing from Tokyo.
  • In the spring, she will return for a season of nine-to-15-day voyages to Japan and Southeast Asia, from 22 September 2024 through 17 November 2025, exploring both well-known and off-the-beaten-path cities that invite a deeper exploration, and truly come alive after dark, such as Himeji, Osaka, Tokyo and Tokushima in Japan; Hong Kong; Incheon in South Korea; Taipei (Keelung) in Taiwan; and Bangkok (Laem Chabang) in Thailand.
  • From December 2025 to March 2026, she will return to offer a series of 11-to-14-day journeys between Australia and New Zealand.

Norwegian Sun

  • This December, Norwegian Sun will make her Australian debut, arriving in Brisbane and Melbourne on 18 and 21 December 2024, following a leisurely 18-day French Polynesia and South Pacific sailing, which departs Papeete on 3 December and visits eight ports.
  • She will sail a section of 12-to-15-day voyages between Australia and New Zealand, including a new collection of brand-first itineraries to the Great Barrier Reef and South Pacific between Cairns and Lautoka, Australia, which is also NCL’s first turnaround in both ports. 
  • She will also sail six island-hopping French Polynesia cruises between Fiji and Tahiti and two Asia cruises through 21 May  2025.
  • From November 2025 to March 2026, Norwegian Sun will sail a selection of 11-to-15-day itineraries exploring Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea and other highly sought out destinations in Southeast Asia.

Norwegian Sky

In addition, Norwegian Sky will debut in Asia in January 2025, offering select Japan and Southeast Asia cruises ranging from 10-to-17 days through March 2025. 

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