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Sarah on Aug 04, 2015

Freestyle Cruising will make its debut Down Under

Norwegian Cruise Line has some great news for cruise lovers in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific! The line's deployment schedule for late 2016 and early 2017 has been announced, and there are exciting global itineraries planned, including several cruises on the Norwegian Star in Australasia. Following on from the news that the line's parent company plans to establish an office in Sydney, this heralds the first time the line will have been here since 2002.
Although the plans include just a few cruises at this stage, we're hoping it's the start of a more extensive deployment Down Under! Andy Stuart, Norwegian's president and COO, said of the news: "We are truly excited to offer these incredible new itineraries to our guests, who now have the opportunity to explore areas of the globe that we haven't called on in many years and some that we've never visited."
As well as the Asia and Australia region, NCL has announced new cruises to the Middle East and South America, as well as the tried and tested Caribbean and Mediterranean cruises for which the line is known.

Asia and Australia itineraries 2016-2017

The Norwegian Star, usually seen in the Caribbean and Baltic Seas, will be the pioneer for NCL on their southward journey of discovery which is set to include one-way cruises with departures and disembarkations in Sydney and Auckland.
From Istanbul, a 20-day itinerary through the Eastern Med to the Gulf region and then a 21-day journey from Dubai to Singapore will bring her closer to Australia and also offer NCL cruisers some new and amazing destinations. A visit to India along the way will be NCL's first, and other countries visited will include Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Thailand, Malaysia and more.
In December 2016 and January 2017, the Star will sail a series of three itineraries out of Singapore and Hong Kong, with destinations around Southeast Asia. 
The latter part of January brings a 16-day cruise from Singapore to Sydney, a great opportunity for Aussies to get aboard without a long flight both ways.
From Sydney, the Norwegian Star will offer a 12-day Australia and New Zealand cruise finishing up in Auckland, and then a 19-day cruise from Auckland to Singapore with stops in New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia. From there, she returns slowly to Europe with a series of cruises through India and the Middle East.

New Zealand

Why try Norwegian Cruise Line?

NCL has a few points of difference which make this news all the more exciting. It's not just that there will be more cruises on the market; there will be something new and unique on offer for those who have tried everything. 
Here are some highlights of Norwegian Cruise Line's style:
  • The line offers studio staterooms on some of its ships, a sought-after feature. It would be great to see some of these available here in the future!
  • "Freestyle Cruising" is Norwegian's tagline. Their ships offer a huge variety of choices, meaning your cruise is very customisable: there are many specialty restaurants and a range of complimentary dining venues, formal and casual options, no set dining times, paid extras that you can opt for or against, and a generally unstructured atmosphere.
  • They are a very family friendly line, with wonderful kids programs and also some fun activities that everyone can enjoy together.
  • Their ships are just great to look at! Each is painted with a beautiful, colourful design to liven up your view from the shore.
Those are just a few of the things which make Norwegian Cruise Line a little different - you can read more with our spotlight on NCL. The new itineraries will be available for booking from the 25th of August, so keep an eye out on our Norwegian Cruise Line page and get ready to experience Freestyle Cruising!

I have enjoyed visiting as much of the world as possible over the years. Europe and the Mediterranean are personal favourites, but there is so much to see very close to our little Australasian corner of the globe- one of my top travel experiences was snorkeling with tropical fish and turtles in New Caledonia! Cruising is a fantastic way to see it all, and we hope to make booking a cruise easier for both first-timers and old salts. From ship tips to destination news and views, we will keep you up-to-date. Happy cruising!

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  • Oct 16, 2017 by Heather

    On Norwegian cruises in Australia, will they use American money or Australian , seeing as exchange rates are bad, not worth going on , if using American is it . Does anyone know , so from Sydney to Tasmania to Sydney would you be using Australian or American for drinks etc