It's official – Norwegian Cruise Line is getting ready to cruise down under in 2017.
Until now, Aussie holidaymakers had to fly halfway around the world to experience a holiday with the “World's Leading Large Ship Cruise Line”.
That’s all about to change. From early 2017, the newly revamped 2348-passenger Norwegian Star will cruise out of Sydney and Auckland.
Sailing from Hong Kong on 16 January 2017, she’ll stop in Vietnam, Singapore, Bali and some northern Australian ports before arriving at her final destination: Sydney.
This exciting announcement is part of what Norwegian Cruise Lines is calling a “global deployment expansion” – which has some pretty awesome things in store for holidaymakers worldwide.
For a start, the cruise line is introducing new departures from Istanbul, Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong. There will also be a new collection of South American cruises.
And for the first time, Norwegian Cruise Line will be sailing to the Persian Gulf and India.
But for Australian and New Zealand travellers, the arrival of another cruise line on our shores is where the real excitement lies.
Our appetite for holidays at sea is stronger than ever, with more than a million Australian travellers taking a cruise last season. So it’s no surprise another cruise line has recognised the ripe opportunity in Australia.
Princess Cruises already ranks Australia as its biggest market outside the United States, with five of its 18 ships sailing Down Under in the 2015-16 season. And Carnival and P&O Cruises have fleets based in Australia year-round.
With the arrival of Norwegian Star bringing new itineraries and onboard experiences, there’s never been a better time to book your cruise holiday!
Meet Norwegian Star
Norwegian Star is a 91,740-tonne ship with capacity for 2,348 passengers, which makes her bigger than the ships in Carnival and P&O Cruises’ Australia-based fleets.
Onboard highlights include the world-class Mandara Spa, 17 delicious dining venues, and 11 bars and lounges, including an outdoor Bier Garten.
During the day, guests can stay active in the fitness centre and on-deck sports courts, chill out in one of six hot tubs, challenge mates in the video zone or sample wines in the cellar. Later, enjoy a fantastic line-up of live entertainment in the Stardust Theatre or a stunning meal at one of six specialty restaurants.
Families will be thrilled to hear that Norwegian Star is packed with activities for all ages. Younger cruisers will be entertained in Splash Academy while teens can hang out in the super-cool Entourage – both complimentary youth programs. There’s also a large range of family accommodation, including interconnecting rooms and two-bedroom family suites located near the kids’ clubs.