Norwegian Jewel

(4:10 p.m. AEST) -- Norwegian Cruise Line’s first full cruising season in Australia and New Zealand started today with the maiden arrival of Norwegian Jewel into Sydney Harbour.

The 2,376-passenger ship introduces new featuresto the region such as The Haven, a private enclave of luxurious suites and villas with a 24-hour butler and a private sundeck. It also has 16 dining venues including a Brazilian steakhouse, Teppanyaki, Italian and Asian, as well as 15 bars, many with a theme such as champagne, sake, mojito, whiskey or cabaret. Entertainment includes Australia’s own Burn the Floor dance show, magic, comedy, Le Cirque Bijou and a White Hot Party.

“Norwegian Jewel’s arrival breaks the mould when it comes to freedom and flexibility, ushering in a new style of cruising with no set dining times, no pre-assigned seating and no dress codes, giving Australian travellers the unique opportunity to create bespoke cruise holiday experiences any way they want,” said Steve Odell, Senior Vice President and Managing Director Asia Pacific for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH).

Jewel’s current season is almost sold out and next summer’s season, after a bow-to-stern refurbishment, is now on sale. “Early booking activity indicates it is set to be another ground-breaking one,” Odell added.

From November 2017 to February 2018, Norwegian Jewel will offer nine sailings commencing to Tasmania, South Australia and New Zealand. 2018/2019 homeported sailings will visit Cairns, Hobart, NZ, the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, and a transpacific voyage from Vancouver to Tokyo. NCLH also recently announced that sister brands Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises have also committed long-term to the growing region.

--By Louise Goldsbury, Australia Editor