Norwegian Cruise Line keeps pace with strong bookings, unveils new itineraries

Norwegian Cruise Line keeps pace with strong bookings, unveils new itineraries
Edited by Travel Weekly


    Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), has revealed new 2025/26 sailings in the Northern Hemisphere’s autumn and winter and experienced strong sales in November as a result from the ongoing demand for cruising. 

    “The solid number of bookings this past month is a positive indicator of what to expect early in the new year during wave season, when many of our guests typically book their cruises with us,” president, Norwegian Cruise Line, David J. Herrera, said.

    “In recent years, we have begun to offer more diverse and longer itinerary options, and this positive momentum is a sure sign that our guests are delighted with our offerings and are looking forward to exploring the world with us.

    “Our new 2025 and 2026 itineraries will bring them more of what they want and more opportunities to enjoy their ideal vacation visiting their dream destination aboard any NCL ship.”

    NCL has an array for travellers to choose from as the company sails to 450 destinations across the globe including exotic and port-rich itineraries in Africa, Asia, South America, the Caribbean and more.

    The newly released season of sailings features several ships making their debut in new destinations, including Norwegian Sun visiting new ports in Asia for the first time, including Kyoto (Kobe), Japan; the all-new Norwegian Viva homeporting for the first time in Galveston, Texas for a series of Caribbean voyages; and much more.

    NCL Jewel, Mount Fuji, Japan. (Supplied)

    New highlights include:

    asia

    Just in time for travelers to admire the autumn foliage, Norwegian Sun’s season in Asia will kick off in Japan on 3 November, 2025, on an 11-day open-jaw sailing starting from Tokyo to Incheon, South Korea, calling to Jeju (Jeju Island), South Korea and Kyoto (Kobe), Japan – both first time visits for the ship – as well as stops in several popular Japanese cities including Nagoya and Osaka.

    australia and new zealand

    Travellers searching for immersive itineraries to explore Australia and New Zealand can enjoy Norwegian Spirit’s open-jaw sailings to and from Sydney, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand between December 2025 and March 2026.

    africa

    NCL has curated a selection of exotic and port-intensive Africa sailings for Norwegian Dawn starting November 2025 through March 2026 featuring multiple embarkation ports including Cape Town, South Africa; Port Louis, Mauritius; and Doha, Qatar.

    the caribbean

    NCL’s newest ship, Norwegian Viva, will homeport in Galveston, Texas for the first time from December 2025 through April 2026 following Norwegian Prima’s footsteps which will kick off its inaugural season in this charming town on 15 December, 2023.

    south america

    The South America itineraries begin with the transatlantic crossing from Lisbon, Portugal to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 20 November, 2025, visiting Portugal, Cape Verde, and several cities in Brazil.

    Panama canal

    From October 2025 through April 2026, Norwegian Jade will offer between 11 and 17-day cruises traversing the Panama Canal – a bucket list experience for many guests.

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