Cruise

Norwegian Jewel sails into Sydney

Daisy Doctor

Norwegian Cruise Line and Sydney Harbour have begun a very exclusive, passionate relationship, filled with romantic gestures, flowers and candlelit dinners.

Well not exactly, but Norwegian’s Jewel ship has arrived in Sydney Harbour for her inaugural Australia and New Zealand season.

giphy (18)

The arrival marks the first time a Norwegian Cruise Line ship has chosen a local homeport for a full cruising season.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) recently announced that Norwegian Jewel will return to Australian waters in 2018/19 – fresh from a multi-million-dollar bow-to-stern refurbishment – for a series of homeported sailings, further demonstrating the cruise company’s long-term plans for the local region.

Norwegian Jewel’s arrival is set to be a game changer for the Australian cruising industry with her unique cruising concept, world-class dining options, award-winning entertainment, immersive destination experiences, diverse onboard activities and the widest range of accommodation options to suit every need, taste and budget.

“We are thrilled to welcome Norwegian Jewel to Sydney for her highly anticipated inaugural Australia and New Zealand season,” said Steve Odell, Senior Vice President and Managing Director Asia Pacific for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.

Norwegian Jewel’s arrival breaks the mould when it comes to freedom and flexibility, ushering in a new style of cruising with no set dining times, no pre-assigned seating and no dress codes, giving Australian travellers the unique opportunity to create bespoke cruise holiday experiences any way they want.”

“The way Australian cruisers and our trade partners have embraced Norwegian Jewel’s inaugural season has exceeded our expectations, with the current booking season already close to capacity before it has even started – testament to the strong support we’ve received from our travel partners.

“Norwegian Jewel’s 2018/19 season is now on sale, and early booking activity indicates it is set to be another ground-breaking one,” he added.

Norwegian Jewel is set to delight cruisers of all ages with accommodation for families, solo cruisers and those seeking the exclusivity of Norwegian Cruise Line’s private enclave – The Haven by Norwegian® featuring the most luxurious accommodation on board with a 24-hour butler, dedicated concierge service and a private sundeck.

From interconnecting rooms to balcony suites and villas offering spectacular coastal views, Norwegian Cruise Line is renowned for providing the widest choice of accommodation options at sea.

The ship boasts 16 impressive dining venues, and 15 bars and lounges including champagne, sake, mojito, whiskey and cabaret, as well as a poolside bar for afternoon cocktails at sea.

Guests keen to explore the raft of dining possibilities on board can indulge in Brazilian steakhouse Moderno, sizzling specials at Teppanyaki Room, authentic American fare at the ever-popular Cagney’s Steakhouse, Tuscan country flavours at La Cucina, and sushi and sake at Chin Chin Asian.

Featuring never-ending excitement with an expansive repertoire of entertainment, guests on board Norwegian Jewel can treat themselves to Australia’s very own electrifying Burn the Floor that sets the stage on fire with the hottest dance performance at sea, indulge in an enchanting evening with a magic or comedy show, or mesmerising acrobatics by Le Cirque Bijou.

Late night revellers can join in the fun of the White Hot Party and dance the night away in their best white attire, or groove to 70’s disco tunes at Club Band on the Run.

During her November 2017 to February 2018 time in local waters, Norwegian Jewel will embark on a total of nine sailings commencing with a five-day sampler to Tasmania, visiting Burnie and Hobart before returning to Sydney.

Other season highlights include a nine-day voyage calling at regional gems such as Eden, Kangaroo Island and Burnie, departing 14 December 2017, and a series of ten to 16-day Australia & New Zealand itineraries visiting destinations including Milford Sound and the Bay of Islands.

Following her inaugural Australian and New Zealand season, Norwegian Jewel will travel to Asia, and then on to Alaska for the Northern Hemisphere summer before making her way back to Australia and New Zealand next year.

The 2018/2019 homeported sailings are now on sale and offer a number of new itineraries, taking in destinations such as Cairns, Hobart, Milford Sound, and Tauranga, as well as sailings to the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, and a transpacific voyage from Vancouver to Tokyo (Yokohama).

Last refurbished in 2014 to exacting standards, Norwegian Jewel can host up to 2,376 guests, with personalised attention from 1,069 professional crew.



SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Cruise

Tourists stranded as Europe’s rivers continue to drop

Water levels across Europe’s rivers continue to plague cruise operators with reports of marooned boats on the Doubs River.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Midweek Interview

Midweek catch-up with Italian hotelier Gai Quartucci

This week, we sat down with Gai Quartucci, global sales and marketing director for part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the world group.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Malaysia Airlines launches free trip incentive for agents

This incentive is like a buy one, get one free, except instead of buying something, you’ve got to sell airfares… which is likely your job anyway so win-win.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Ennismore to bring four new lifestyle hotels to NZ

Accor’s quirky stepchild is spreading its wings across the Pacific with four new signings in New Zealand.

Share

CommentComments

Events

Missed the Visit USA Expos? Fear not, we’ve got your biggest questions covered.

by sponsored by Visit USA Australia

No more FOMO! These hot tips will get you in top-tip shape to visit the USA.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Jetstar launches Sunny Coast sale with fares cheaper than a tank of petrol

With prices this low, Jetstar will have to steal Bunnings’ famous tagline. Hopefully they’ll start hosting sausage sizzles as well.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Hotel Review: La Sultana is an oasis among the chaos of Marrakech

by Nancy Hromin

A peaceful hideaway right in the centre of the Medina’s hustle and bustle, La Sultana is an oasis among the chaos of Marrakech – a chaos we absolutely loved.

Share

CommentComments

News

Aussie travel start-up Ok Away partners with Air Doctor

While it is a cool name, Ok Away also sounds like a good way to end a sentence with someone you wish would leave you alone.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

“It’s a shocking insult”: Qantas slammed for asking execs to work as baggage handlers

The bags on your next flight may be handled by Alan Joyce, which may or may not be a good thing depending on your confidence in his ability to fling around 30 kg bags.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Travellers warned over bomb threats against Moldova’s international airport

The government’s travel alert website is advising Aussies to reconsider their need to travel to Moldova, which, given the bomb threats, is probably sound advice.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Intrepid launches citizen science programs in Antarctica

Believe it or not, there is more than one program about understanding phytoplankton (which are a lot more important than you would think)!

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

IHG celebrates 60 years with big surprises + Tim Tam cake

The brand is celebrating its Diamond anniversary with a series of events and surprises for guests, but honestly, they had us at “Tim Tam”.

Share

CommentComments