Norwegian Cruise Line Announces 2016/2017 Deployment, Unveils Asian Season

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) today announced exciting and exotic new itineraries for the its Fall/Winter 2016/2017 deployment, offering new destinations and ports for guests. Highlights include the line’s return to Asia, the return of the Norwegian Epic to North America and explorations of South America by sea.


Norwegian Star to Asia and Australia

The Far East returns to NCL’s itinerary offering in the fall of 2016, when the recently-renovated Norwegian Star repositions to Singapore and Hong Kong to operate the line’s first Asian season since 2002. The ship will sail through the western Mediterranean to Istanbul, where she will board passengers booked on the 20-day “Eastern Mediterranean and the Gulf” itinerary to Dubai via the Suez Canal, with stops in Ephesus (Kusadasi), Rhodes, Haifa, Port Said, Sharm El Sheikh, Safaga, Aqaba, Salalah and Muscat.


From Dubai, she sails a 21-day “Journey to the East” itinerary to Singapore, featuring NCL’s maiden calls to India with an overnight in Mumbai and stops in Goa (Mormugao), Mangalore and Kochi (Cochin). Additional ports of call include Abu Dhabi, Fujairah, Khasab, Muscat, Colombo, Phuket, Penang, Langkawi and Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang).


Throughout December 2016 and January 2017, Norwegian Star will alternate between Singapore and Hong Kong with a series of 11-day northbound and 14-day southbound sailings in Southeast Asia. The former visits Koh Samui and an overnight in Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Nha Trang and Sanya, while the latter will also visit Kaohsiung, Hanoi (Ha Long Bay), Da Nang and Sihanoukville, with an overnight stay in Bangkok (Laem Chabang) and a day visit to Koh Samui.


The ship’s 16 January 2017 departure from Hong Kong will take her on a 21-day “Southeast Asia and Australia” cruise to Sydney, calling at Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Singapore, Bali (Benoa), Komodo, Darwin, Cairns, Airlie Beach and Brisbane. A 12-day “Australia and New Zealand” sailing will depart Sydney on 6 February 2017, visiting ports including Melbourne, Burnie, Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Napier and Tauranga. Norwegian Star will also operate another 19-day  exploration of the southern hemisphere with a itinerary from Auckland to Singapore, calling at the Bay of Islands, Sydney, Brisbane, Airlie Beach, Cairns, Darwin, Komodo, Bali (Benoa) and Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang) enroute.


For her return to Europe, the ship will sail from Singapore for Dubai on 9 March 2017 on an 18-day “Southeast Asia and India” cruise via Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Penang, Phuket, Colombo, Kochi (Cochin), Mangalore, Mumbai, Goa (Mormugao), Muscat, Khasab, Fujairah and Abu Dhabi. Norwegian Star will complete her Asian season with a 20-day “Eastern Mediterranean and The Gulf” sailing from Dubai through the Suez Canal to Venice.


Norwegian Epic and Norwegian Jade in the Caribbean & Bahamas

After more than a year in Europe, Norwegian Epic will return to Florida in November 2016 and will become NCL’s largest ship to homeport from Port Canaveral. She will operate a series of eastern and western Caribbean and Bahamas itineraries ranging in length from 3 to 7 days. Popular port calls include Cozumel, George Town, Nassau, Ocho Rios, St. Thomas, Tortola and Great Stirrup Cay, NCL’s private island destination.


Joining Norwegian Epic in the Caribbean is Norwegian Jade, which will homeport in Tampa from November 2016 through April 2017 and sail 7- to 11-day itineraries. Departing on Sundays, the weeklong Western Caribbean itinerary visits Cozumel, Costa Maya, Roatan (Bay Islands) and Norwegian’s new Caribbean destination experience – Harvest Caye, Belize. The ship will also operate a duo of 8-day holiday cruises in December 2016 that will call at Santo Tomas de Castilla in addition to the regular schedule, while 10- and 11-day Eastern Caribbean cruises will visit popular ports including Key West, Tortola, Antigua, St. Maarten, San Juan and Santo Domingo.


Europe – 4 Ships in Summer, Norwegian Spirit Year-Round

Norwegian Cruise Line will continue to offer a 4-ship deployment in Europe during the summer of 2016, with the Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Spirit and Norwegian Star.


Norwegian Spirit will replace Norwegian Epic as the brand’s year-round European ship, offering a series of 7-, 10- and 11-day Eastern and Western Mediterranean sailings departing from Barcelona, Venice and Istanbul with port calls including Athens (Piraeus), Crete, Ephesus (Kusadasi), Florence (Livorno), Heraklion, Majorca, Marseilles, Monte Carlo, Naples, Palma, Palermo, Rhodes, Rome (Civitavecchia), Sicily, Valencia, Valletta and Zadar. She will also sail the 10-day “Canary Islands and Morocco” itinerary on 27 December 2016 and 12 March 2017 visiting Alicante, Funchal, Granada (Malaga), Las Palmas, Madeira, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Tangier.


Spending summer in Northern Europe, Norwegian Star will begin her journey south on 28 September 2016 with a 14-day Western Europe sailing from Copenhagen to Barcelona. Guests will have the freedom and flexibility to explore the cities of Bruges (Zeebrugge), Bordeaux (Le Verdon), Gijon, Lisbon, Oslo, Paris (Le Havre), Rotterdam, Seville (Cadiz) and Valencia enroute. She will then move to Istanbul on 12 October 2016 on a 11-day “Classic Mediterranean” cruise highlighting some of the most sought-after destinations in Southern Europe including Athens (Piraeus), Majorca, Marseille, Mykonos, Naples, Palma, Rome (Civitavecchia) and Taormina (Sicily), with an overnight stay in Istanbul.


Both Norwegian Spirit and Norwegian Star will offer guests the opportunity to travel to the Holy Lands. The former will sail a pair of 11-day “Eastern Mediterranean and Holy Lands” itineraries departing on 28 November 2016 and 12 April 2017, while the latter will operate a 8-day “Eastern Mediterranean and Holy Lands” sailing roundtrip from Istanbul on 23 October 2016. All 3 voyages will be port-packed with overnights in Haifa, Alanya, Istanbul and Rhodes (ports vary according to sailing).


Panama Canal

In addition to NCL’s previously scheduled Panama Canal deployment featuring a duo of 14-day cruises in February 2016, Norwegian Jewel will sail another new pair of 14-day Panama Canal sailings from Los Angeles and Miami on 5 and 19 February 2017. The mirrored itineraries feature calls in Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas, Cartagena, Corinto, Puerto Quetzal and Puntarenas, with the highlight being a daytime transit of the Panama Canal.


South America with Norwegian Sun

Norwegian Sun will return to South America for the winter season in 2016 and 2017, homeporting in Rio de Janeiro while also offering departures from Buenos Aires and Santiago (Valparaiso).

10-day sailings between Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires in December 2016, February and March 2017 provide guests sufficient time to explore and soak up the vibrant South American culture, with port calls at Buzios, Ilha Grande, Montevideo, Punta del Este and Sao Paolo (Santos). Norwegian Sun will also operate a 14-day Buenos Aires holiday roundtrip departing 23 December 2016 with stops in Angre dos Reis, Buzios, Ilha Grande, Montevideo, Punta del Este, Sao Paolo (Santos) and an overnight stay in Rio de Janeiro.


The line will offer 4 South America 15-day itineraries between Santiago (Valparaiso) and Buenos Aires, visiting Punta Arenas, Puerto Chacabuco, Puerto Montt, the Falkland Islands, Montevideo, Puerto Madryn and Ushuaia. Eastbound cruises cast off on 21 January and 9 March 2017 with the added highlight of the scenic cruising of the Patagonic Channels, Chilean fjords, Strait of Magellan, Beagle Channel and Cape Horn, while westbound sailings depart on 22 February and 10 April 2017.


Upon the completion of her South American season, Norwegian Sun will make her journey back to the Northern Hemisphere with a 20-day Santiago (Valparaiso) to San Francisco sailing departing 25 April 2017. Guests on this voyage will experience a myriad of cultures with ports of call in some of Central America’s quaintest cities, including Arica (for a shore excursion to the mystical Machu Picchu), Cabo San Lucas, Coquimbo, Corinto, Huatulco, Lima (Callao), Puerto Chiapas, Puerto Quetzal, Puntarenas and Trujillo (Salaverry).


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