Norwegian Cruise Line has announced its new 2023 itineraries, which include notable firsts such as the line’s first visit to Nessebar, Bulgaria; the debut of Norwegian Bliss calling to Bermuda; Norwegian Jade‘s first visit to Bodrum, Turkey and Paros, Greece; and more.
This is the furthest in advance that Norwegian has ever launched its itineraries.
Norwegian Breakaway, Epic, Gem, and Jade will sail a range of five to 11-night cruises in the Mediterranean from May to October. For the first time, the line will visit the ancient city of Nessebar, Bulgaria during Norwegian Jade‘s March 30 Extraordinary Journeys sailing. The nine-night roundtrip cruise from Athens through the Mediterranean and the Black Sea will be a port-rich itinerary with no sea days.
On her May 21 sailing, Norwegian Jade will make her debut in Bodrum, Turkey and Paros, Greece as she embarks on seven-night Greek Isles roundtrip voyages from Athens. These voyages will be available through October 15.
From May 6 to October 13, Norwegian Breakaway will offer port-intensive cruises during her 10-night Greek Isles roundtrip cruises from Rome, visiting Santorini, Greece; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy; Cannes, France; and more.
Norwegian Getaway will sail a series of cruises in northern Europe from May 8 to October 17. Her nine-night Baltic roundtrip voyages from Copenhagen feature an overnight stay in St. Petersburg, Russia. The itinerary also includes calls in Germany, Estonia, Sweden, and Finland, many with extended port time to enjoy each city even more.
From June 2 through December 29, Norwegian Sky will sail three and four-night roundtrip cruises from Miami, calling in Freeport, Nassau, and the company’s private island Great Stirrup Cay.
Cruising roundtrip from Miami, Norwegian Escape and Sky will offer a mix of five to nine-night cruises between the eastern and western Caribbean. The various itineraries include calls to the Dominican Republic, St. Thomas, Tortola, Great Stirrup Cay, Grand Cayman, Honduras, Cozumel, and the company’s private destination in Belize — Harvest Caye. These visits to the Caribbean will run from April 16 to December 6.
From April 22 to October 15, Alaska will welcome four Norwegian Cruise Line ships: Norwegian Jewel, Sun, Encore, and Joy. The ships will sail a variety of five to nine-night voyages from Seattle, Vancouver, and Seward. Every seven and nine-night cruise will experience a glacier in 2023.
Select voyages for Norwegian Joy, Jewel, and Sun will call to Norwegian’s new pier at Icy Strait Point where visitors can disembark and immerse themselves in the locally operated port area and immerse themselves in the wilderness.
For the first time on her May 21 sailing, Norwegian Bliss will call to Norfolk, Virginia, the gateway to Virginia Beach and the historic area of Colonial Williamsburg.
The vessel will also make her debut at the Royal Naval Dockyard in Bermuda as she begins a series of five and seven-night cruises from New York City. The itineraries include two overnight stays at the Royal Naval Dockyard.
Canada & New England
From August 27 to October 29, Norwegian Escape will homeport in New York City, offering seven-night roundtrip cruises to Canada and New England. Calls will include Newport, Rhode Island; Portland and Bar Harbor, Maine; and Saint John and Halifax, Canada.
Norwegian Pearl will sail a series of seven-night open-jaw cruises to and from Boston and Quebec City, Canada from August 25 to October 13. Port calls will include Bar Harbor, Maine and Halifax, Sydney, Charlottetown, and Saguenay, Canada.
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Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, which owns Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, currently plans to begin a phased approach to resuming cruising in January 2021.
The company’s CEO Frank del Rio recently said during an earnings call that the line expects to have their entire fleet up and running by sometime in the second half of 2021.
Norwegian Cruise Line launched a new future cruise program last week called Cruise First. It’s similar to the line’s Cruise Next offer, which allowed passengers to buy a certificate for their next cruise while still on the ship during a current voyage and get onboard credit. But Cruise First can be purchased by would-be cruisers that don’t have to be on a ship to take advantage of it.