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Norwegian Cruise Line has revealed several itineraries for their fall and winter 2017/2018 season.  New for the season, Norwegian Jewel will be moved to the Asia Pacific region with sailings from Australia, San Juan, Puerto Rico will become a seasonal homeport again with Norwegian Dawn, and there will be a new 14-day western Caribbean sailing from New York City aboard Norwegian Breakaway.

Norwegian Jewel

Beginning on October 3, 2017, Norwegian Jewel will sail from Vancouver to Sydney on a variety of Hawaii, French Polynesia, and South Pacific cruises.  Highlights of the ship’s inaugural season in Australia will include seven roundtrip Sydney cruises featuring a 5-day Sydney-Tasmania-Sydney cruise on November 12, and a 9-day voyage stopping in Eden, Kangaroo Island and Tasmania’s Burnie, on December 14.

Norwegian Jewel‘s 10-16 Australia and New Zealand itineraries depart between November 2017 and February 2018.  The ship will head to Singapore for an 18-day adventure on February 20, where guests can enjoy Far North Queensland, Darwin, and Komodo Island.  While onboard, the finest local Australian cuisine will be served, and the ballroom spectacular Burn the Floor will be the featured entertainment show.

Following her Australian season, Jewel will operate a number of Asian itineraries visiting Vietnam, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Korea, and more.

Norwegian Dawn

Norwegian Dawn is currently undergoing an extensive refurbishment, and next fall will sail seasonally from Tampa and San Juan; home porting in the latter from November 12, 2017 to January 7, 2018, sailing 7, 10, and 11-day southern Caribbean cruises.  Ports of call will include Barbados, Martinique, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, and St. Thomas, with varying calls on longer voyages.  From January 17 to February 7, the ship will sail from Tampa for two 11-day eastern Caribbean cruises, and one 10-day western Caribbean cruise, then sail a series of week-long western Caribbean cruises from February 18 to April 1.  They will include a port of call in Norwegian’s new resort-style destination, Harvest Caye, Belize.

Norwegian Pearl

New for the 2017/2018 season, Norwegian Pearl will be sailing 7, 8, and 9-day western Caribbean cruises from New Orleans from October 22 to April 1.  The ports of call for those voyages will include Cozumel, Honduras, Harvest Caye, and Costa Maya.  Longer itineraries will have varying ports that can include George Town, Grand Cayman and Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala.

Norwegian Breakaway

Norwegian Breakaway will still be operating her Bahamas and Florida, and southern and eastern Caribbean sailings during the 2017/2018 season, but there will also be a new western Caribbean itinerary as well.  The ship will sail 7-day Bahamas and Florida cruises from October 1 to April 29, with calls in Port Canaveral, Great Stirrup Cay, and Nassau.  For a longer getaway, guests can cruise the southern Caribbean on one of Breakaway’s two 14-day itineraries on January 5 and February 2 that explore St. Maarten, Dominica, the US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, and more.  Another option will be a 12-day eastern Caribbean voyage on December 3 with calls in St. Kitts, Antigua, Tortola, and more.

New for 2018 is a 14-day western Caribbean cruise from New York City that will feature calls at two of Norwegian’s private destinations, Great Stirrup Cay and Harvest Caye.  Other stops will include Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Honduras, and Cozumel.

These new itineraries go on sail on June 28 for Latitudes Rewards guests and travel partners, and on June 29 for the general public.

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