Thursday, July 18, 2024

 Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), the innovator in global cruise travel, has recently launched a series of 14 immersive, destination-rich Asia Pacific itineraries aboard the spectacularly refurbished Norwegian Spirit. 

During its eight-month season in Asia from September 2024 to April 2025, Norwegian Spirit will offer a selection of four to 14-day voyages from five departure ports including Manila, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo and Seoul starting September 2024 and through April 2025. 

“Having more ships and an expanded selection of itineraries across Asia Pacific underlines NCL’s firm commitment to this region, both as a source market and destination. Cruising is the ideal way to explore the range of fascinating destinations and immersive shore excursions on offer without having to constantly pack, unpack” said Ben Angell, VP and managing director of NCL APAC. “We know Asia is a popular choice for local travellers – Japan is one of my personal favourites – and we are excited to expand our options in this market to excite our Indian guests.” 

A smaller ship at just over 2,000 guests, Norwegian Spirit is packed full of features including the adults-only Spice H20 pool retreat, enthralling entertainment, and the doubled-in-size Mandara Spa™, featuring a Thermal Suite with steam room, sauna, shower experience and heated-tile loungers. With 14 dining options to choose from including French flavours at Le Bistro and contemporary Italian at Onda by Scarpetta, guests can holiday their way, with no set dining times, tables or dress codes.   

There is also an extensive range of amenities and activities, providing a hassle-free holiday option for multi-generational families who are looking for different onboard and onshore experiences, to fulfill their individual vacation dreams, while still coming together to create unforgettable memories.  A variety of staterooms on board offer greater options to accommodate families of all sizes, including interconnecting and family staterooms that can be combined to create a larger space. 

Featured itineraries include: 

Norwegian Spirit 

12-day Japan round-trip from Tokyo: Osaka, Sapporo, Busan & Mt Fuji 

Departing October 23, 2024, this enthralling voyage captures the true essence of Japan and its unique blend of ancient and contemporary cultures. Highlights include overnight stays in the culinary and cultural capitals – Osaka and Kyoto – as well as the perfectly preserved Edo period architecture and teahouses of Kanazawa, exploring the natural beauty and ancient Samurai district of the new port of Akita, bathing in healing hot springs and mud baths in Beppu, or the contrast of tranquil Buddhist temples and cosmopolitan city life in Busan, South Korea. 

10-day Asia from Seoul to Tokyo: Osaka, Kohi, Jeju & Mt Fuji   

Departing the lively Korean capital of Seoul on March 13, 2025, this inspiring itinerary includes visits to nine ports in 10 days and includes an overnight stay for a more in-depth discovery of Osaka, Japan. Highlights include the magnificent natural attractions of Jeju, Korea, including the Hallasan UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and the world’s longest lava tube; the intricate arts and crafts and Chinese-influenced cuisine of Naha (Okinawa), one of Japan’s most popular holiday islands, or a tranquil bay cruise in the shadow of majestic Mt Fuji in Shimizu. 

12-day Asia from Seoul to Tokyo: Jeju, Nagoya & Sapporo 

Departing Seoul (Incheon) on April 2, 2025, this is the ultimate cruise for guests keen to tick Japan’s iconic cherry blossoms off their travel bucket list, whether at Kenrokuen Garden and Kanazawa Castle Park during a day in Kanazawa, on a visit to Himeji Castle in Himeji, or throughout the famous parks of Tokyo. 

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