NCL announces destination 2024/25 itineraries, including a return to Hong Kong Joe Cusmano 20 mins ago 3 min read

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Norwegian Cruise Line has unveiled immersive, destination-rich itineraries for its 2024/25 season in the region. This fascinating programme includes a 12-day cruise on the luxurious Norwegian Spirit from Manila, Philippines, to Hong Kong for the first time in four years.

The collection also has itineraries for longer, more immersive trips. This season is Norwegian Sun’s debut in the region.

“Having more ships and itineraries in Southeast Asia shows NCL’s commitment to this region as a source market and destination. Ben Angell, Vice President and Managing Director of NCL APAC, said cruising is the best way to see fascinating places and unforgettable shore excursions without packing and unpacking.

“We know Southeast Asia is a popular choice for local travellers, and we are excited to expand our options in this market for those who prefer to cruise close to home, especially as we return to Hong Kong.”

The Norwegian Spirit

Norwegian Spirit’s eight-month 2024/25 Asia season will sail from September 2024 to April 2025 from Manila, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo, and Seoul with 14 itineraries.

Norwegian Spirit’s new port-rich itineraries with limited sea days and engaging Go Local shore excursions let guests to experience the country’s delicious cuisine, ancient history, breathtaking landscape, and lively culture in various places throughout each enthralling journey.

Southeast Asia highlights voyages on Norwegian Spirit, hand-picked by Ben Angell:

12-day Asia from Manila, Philippines to Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan

Departing the lively capital of Manila on 10 December 2024, this inspiring itinerary visit 11 ports in 12 days and includes overnight stays in cities like Shanghai and Hong Kong. Highlights include the magnificent attractions of Shanghai, including the renowned Shanghai Museum and the priceless white jade Buddha; the scenic Naminouegu Shrine and expansive Shuri Castle Park in Naha, Japan, or an overnight exploration of the temples and street markets in the modern city of Hong Kong.

14-day Asia from Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan to Singapore

Departing 22 December 2024, this enthralling voyage captures the true essence of Southeast Asia and its unique blend of ancient and contemporary cultures. The adventure begins in Hualien, where guests can immerse themselves in the beauty of Taroko National Park and the scenic gorge by the Liwu River.

Guests will also discover paradise on the iconic white-sand beaches of Boracay Island, indulging in the serene waters. Tour the intricate Cu Chi Tunnels underground for history enthusiasts or explore the vibrant cityscape of Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Vietnam, above ground.

Norwegian Sun

Norwegian Sun’s six-month Asia Pacific season will include twelve itineraries between October 2024 and April 2025 – four of which have never been offered before, including departures from Melbourne for the first time. Departure ports include Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Honolulu and Papeete, with itineraries showcasing the sublime scenery of French Polynesia, Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

Southeast Asia highlight voyages on Norwegian Sun, hand-picked by Ben Angell:

11-day Asia from Bali (Benoa), Indonesia to Singapore

My top pick would be this incredible itinerary, offering the perfect tropical paradise experience and the opportunity to cruise Southeast Asia on our renovated Norwegian Sun. Starting in Celukan Bawang, guests will have the chance to uncover Bali’s northern shoreline, a sun-soaked paradise adorned with black and white sandy beaches, all set against a backdrop of lush forests with cascading waterfalls.

In Port Klang, experience a panoramic view of Malaysia’s capital from the observation deck of Kuala Lumpur Tower and the essence of Kuala Lumpur’s nickname, the Garden City, by touring its vibrant gardens and parks. Top it all off by immersing yourself in the vibrant and bustling atmosphere of Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My).

15-day Asia from Singapore to Doha, Qatar

Setting sail from Singapore on 28 March 2025, this immersive, unique cruise combines spectacular ports in Abu Dhabi, Mumbai and Phuket. Highlights include relaxing on Thailand’s most popular beaches, delving into the rich culture of Phuket’s historic Buddhist temples, browsing the history of Mumbai’s Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum and the renowned Elephanta island, and exploring the sand dunes on Abu Dhabi’s Al Khatim Desert in an off-road vehicle.

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