The exciting weekend of 12th November 2016 sparked the official start of the 365-day countdown to Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL) Norwegian Jewel, set to call local waters home from 12 November 2017. During her November 2017 to March 2018 season, Norwegian Jewel will undertake 15 incredible sailings around the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia, visiting iconic Australian ports from Tasmania to Darwin, before making her way to Singapore.
“We are literally counting the days until Norwegian Jewel begins her Australian season, and we can’t wait to showcase our ‘Feel Free’ style of cruising to the local market. The range of accommodation, dining, activity and entertainment options on board is phenomenal and we’re anticipating high demand, and excitement, among experienced local cruise fans and first-time cruisers,” said Steve Odell, Managing Director for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Australia.
“We’re looking forward to introducing Australian passengers to NCL’s remarkable repertoire of entertainment at sea, which includes cirque, magic and comedy performances as well as Australia’s own award-winning dance production Burn the Floor, which will set the ship’s stage alight on board Norwegian Jewel,” he added.
NCL initially returns to Australian shores with the Norwegian Star in February 2017, serving as a prelude to Norwegian Jewel’s inaugural Australian season. Norwegian Jewel will feature seven Sydney round-trip itineraries, including a five-day ‘Tasmanian Sampler’ departing 12 November, which is an ideal option for first-time cruisers keen to test the waters and gain first-hand experience of NCL’s unique ‘Feel Free’ cruising style.
Other highlights include a nine-day voyage taking in regional gems such as Eden, Kangaroo Island and Tasmania’s Burnie, departing 14 December 2017, and a series of ten to 16-day Australia & New Zealand itineraries departing between November 2017 and February 2018. These itineraries will take in fabulous destinations such as the striking Milford Sound and the spectacular Bay of Islands. Come February 2018, Norwegian Jewel will embark upon an 18-day adventure from Sydney to Singapore, visiting ports in far North Queensland, Darwin and Komodo Island, among others.
Norwegian Jewel: what’s on board?
Refurbished in 2014 to exacting standards, Norwegian Jewel can host up to 2376 guests, enjoying personalised attention from 1069 professional crew.
Packed with activities for all ages, Norwegian Jewel boasts a casino, eight complimentary restaurants, six specialty dining venues with a la carte and set-menu options, as well as cafes, a bake shop, 24/7 pizza delivery service and myriad specialty bars and lounges including cabaret, champagne, beer and whiskey, sake, mojito and the requisite poolside bar for lazy at-sea afternoon cocktails.
Fitness fans will enjoy the on-board outdoor court action hosting basketball, dodgeball, tennis and volleyball, and kids will adore the aqua park, Sapphire pools and age-specific kids’ clubs, while gym enthusiasts can choose from a range of classes, including Zumba and yoga.
For those looking to unwind and be pampered, the Mandara Spa and Spa Thermal Suite offer a full range of indulgent treatments designed to relax and rejuvenate passengers.
Accommodation options aboard Norwegian Jewel range from cost-effective inside staterooms through to balcony staterooms enjoying superb views and private outdoor areas. Interconnecting rooms and multiple-bedroom suites are also available for families.
Those in the market for a truly indulgent experience will adore Norwegian Jewel’s ultra-exclusive ‘The Haven’, home to the line’s most luxurious suites and villas, many with private courtyards, spas, pools and deck areas, as well as dedicated concierge services.
Mr Odell noted that passengers joining cruises remaining in Australian waters don’t require a passport, while for those exploring international waters a passport with six months’ validity is required.