First local office, first local boss, first local itineraries and now a first locally-based cruise ship.



New kid on the block, Norwegian Cruise Line, gave Aussie cruisers another reason to pull out their laptops and start planning a holiday this morning, when it revealed it is giving us our own Norwegian ship. Well, kind of.

Norwegian Jewel will join the Asia Pacific fleet from October 2017 to cruise around the region year-round.

Norwegian Jewel

Just to clarify, the ship isn’t just popping by for the peak season, it’s staying for the ENTIRE YEAR.

Cue lights of excitement in the eyes of thousands of Aussie cruisers.


A Norwegian ship sailing close to home for 12 months offers plenty of opportunities for cruisers to sail on the ship, whether it be during its departures to and from Australia (October 2017 to March 2018) or when it’s sailing from ports in Asia.

Jewel will be the second Norwegian ship to sail our shores, following Norwegian Star, which arrives for her inaugural Australian itineraries during the 2016/17 peak period.

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Bookings for her inaugural Australasian itineraries open on 29 June 2016 and include seven Sydney round-trip cruises such as the five-day Sydney-Tasmania-Sydney cruise departing 12 November 2017, as well as a nine-day voyage visiting a swathe of burgeoning regional destinations.

There’s also the 10 to 16-day Australia and New Zealand itineraries departing between November 2017 and February 2018. Plus there’s the Sydney to Singapore cruise departing on 20 February and calling in Far North Queensland, Darwin and Komodo Island.

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In addition to taking in our local cruising highlights, Norwegian Jewel will also adopt out local produce, serving regional beef, lamb, seafood and fine wines during its Australian sailings.

Now that we have a Norwegian ship, we kindly ask the cruise line please bring its celebrity ambassador, Pitbull, to Australia to help promote its growing presence in the country ;).

Are you excited for Norwegian Jewel’s local sailings?