Although designed for and hitherto almost exclusively aimed at the Chinese market, Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Breakaway-plus class ship, Norwegian Joy, will join her sister ship, the recently launched Norwegian Bliss, in the Alaska market effective from spring, 2019. Prior to this new deployment, the ship will undergo a multi million dollar upgrade and series of alterations to make her ready for her new market.
Sailing from Seattle, Norwegian Joy will offer a series of seven day, summer Alaska sailings before she redeploys to Los Angeles in the winter, to cover seven night Mexican Riviera sailings. In doing so, she will become the largest and most modern ship that Norwegian has ever deployed from the California port.
In related redeployment news from the pioneer of the original Caribbean fly/cruise, the company will send the Norwegian Pearl over for a first ever series of Europe cruises (the ship has been continually deployed elsewhere since her original, 2005 debut). Norwegian Pearl will offer a series of itineraries that include Amsterdam departures, as well as sailings from Barcelona, Rome, and Venice. Her arrival gives Norwegian a full, first ever six ship deployment in Europe over the 2019 season.
Meanwhile, her sister ship, the 2006 built Norwegian Jewel will get a full refurbishment prior to returning to Australia for a third successive season of cruises ‘Down Under’, that showcases the highlights of New Zealand and Australia, as well as some exotic ‘repo’ voyaging that takes in such gorgeous locales as Honolulu and Tahiti en route.
In something of a surprise move, the popular, previously European focused Norwegian Jade will head out to South East Asia, for a first ever series of cruises sailing from both Hong Kong and Singapore. The ship, recently the beneficiary of a comprehensive upgrading, will sail to the highlights of Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.
And, after a single season offering 2019 cruises from and around the UK, the Norwegian Spirit- originally built as the oriental accented Superstar Leo for Star Cruises back in 1998- will become a ship dedicated to the Chinese market for the 2020 summer season, following a major refit to upgrade the ship to the new Norwegian standards. Watch out for some really exotic ‘Repo’ sailing sen route, as the Norwegian Spirit heads for her new cruising grounds via the Maldives, the Seychelles, and a first time, ground breaking visit to South Africa- a first ever for the company since it’s inauguration in 1966 as Norwegian Caribbean Lines.
With new ships in Europe, and an expanded and upgraded capacity out of the west coast of the USA over 2019-20, and a series of first time forays into new, unchartered waters, it’s all systems go for Norwegian Cruise Line for 2019/20.