Norwegian Jewel
The Norwegian Jewel entering Sydney Harbour

Norwegian Cruise Line releases select 2020/21 sailings

Norwegian Cruise Line, following Princess and Royal Caribbean has revealed select 2020/21 itineraries with Norwegian Jewel returning for her fourth season to sail Australia and New Zealand.

Norwegian Jewel will be sailing French Polynesia, Hawaii and South Pacific cruises from November 2020 to February 2021, on 11 to 21-day itineraries.

The line is keeping their new one-way itineraries between Sydney and Auckland for another season and Jewel will also be making two departures from Port Kembla, Wollongong, to Auckland.

Other highlights include Norwegian Spirit sailing in Asia, from Tokyo and Hong Kong, after undergoing an extensive multi-million-dollar revitalisation in early 2020.

The line’s latest ship Norwegian Encore will also make her debut in Seattle before sailing Alaska and Norwegian Joy will be making her first arrival in New York.

“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 revitalisation of our mid-size vessels, we are confident guests will continue to savour every moment of their cruise vacation when they travel with us.”

Sailing Alaska will be Norwegian Bliss, Encore and Joy while Norwegian Epic, Dawn, Getaway and Escape will be covering European itineraries.

Norwegian Spirit will be making her sparkling entrance in Asia while the Jewel will be sailing in waters closer to home in the South Pacific.

Norwegian Breakaway will be homeported in the Caribbean while Norwegian Joy, Gem and Breakaway will be exploring Bermuda, Canada and New England.

Here are the detailed itineraries in each region:

Asia and South Pacific

Beginning 9 May, 2020 and opening for sale on 1 May, 2019, Norwegian Spirit 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.

Norwegian Jewel will sail a variety of French Polynesia, Hawaii, and South Pacific cruises in the Northern-Hemisphere spring of 2020 and 2021. The 11 to 21-day sailings from Sydney opened for sale on 17 April, 2019.


Norwegian Bliss, which launched last year, 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 24 April, 2021.

Norwegian Encore will commence her Alaska season on 2 May, 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 10 May, 2021, Norwegian Jewel returns to Vancouver, British Columbia and Seward, Alaska to sail her incredibly popular seven-day Glacier Bay Northbound and Inside Passage itineraries.


On 25 April, 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 2 May, 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 29 April, 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 28 May, 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.

The Caribbean

As of 13 April, 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.

Bermuda, Canada and New England

Beginning 14 April, 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 18 April, 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 24 August, 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.