Continuing to fine tune it’s operations in Asia-Pacific in Australia, Norwegian Cruise Line has announced plans to deploy the Norwegian Jewel out of Australia over the winter of 2017-18.
The 93,502 ton, 2,376 passenger ship, built in 2005 and recently extensively refurbished, will leave Vancouver for Sydney via a forty day redeployment voyage, beginning on October 3rd, 2017. En route, the ship will offer a string of Hawaiian and Polynesia itineraries.
Beginning on November 12th with a five day sailing to Tasmania, the Norwegian Jewel will offer seven round trip cruise itineraries from Sydney, including one nine day voyage, and a series of ten to sixteen day sailings between Australia and New Zealand.
This first season will end on February 20th 2018, when the ship will leave Sydney on an eighteen day itinerary to Singapore. Following this, Norwegian Jewel will sail on an as yet unspecified series of cruises to Vietnam, Korea, Hong Kong, Japan and China.
The lack of a specific return date to America for the Norwegian Jewel is being interpreted in some quarters as evidence that the ship will then switch to the Chinese market, but I personally think that such a move seems unlikely without a substantial- and as yet unconfirmed- refit to equip her for the Chinese cruise trade.
As ever, stay tuned for updates.