Norwegian Announces 2020 & 2021 Itineraries For 12 Ships

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Norwegian Joy in New York.

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced select 2020 and 2021 itineraries for 12 of its 17 ships. The itineraries include Norwegian Encore's debut in Seattle where she will sail seven-day cruises to Alaska alongside her sister ship Norwegian Bliss, as well as Norwegian Joy's arrival in New York for the first time.

Further, Norwegian Spirit, which will undergo an extensive multi-million-dollar revitalization in early 2020, will sail a variety of port-intensive itineraries from Tokyo, Japan and Hong Kong, China. Norwegian Jewel will sail French Polynesia, Hawaii and South Pacific cruises in spring 2020 and spring 2021.

From 18APR, 2021, Norwegian Gem will sail a mix of seven-day Bermuda cruises from Boston as well as seven-day Canada and New England cruises from Boston and Quebec City, Canada. Visits include Bar Harbor and Portland, Maine; Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia; Saguenay, Quebec; and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

Following her Caribbean cruises from Miami on 24AUG, 2021, Norwegian Breakaway will sail seven-day Canada and New England cruises from New York.

“We are very excited to have opened for sale incredibly appealing itineraries across our innovative fleet,” said president and CEO Andy Stuart. “With these compelling sailings as well as the introduction of our latest ships, Norwegian Joy and Norwegian Encore, and the revitalization of our mid-size vessels, we are confident guests will continue to savor every moment of their cruise vacation when they travel with us.”

Following are the itineraries announced today: 

Alaska
Norwegian Bliss, which launched last year, will be joined in Seattle this year and next by Norwegian Joy and in 2021 by the soon-to-debut Norwegian Encore.  Both Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Encore will offer a variety of seven-day cruises. All of Norwegian Encore’s Alaska itineraries will feature Glacier Bay. Norwegian Joy will sail to Alaska, visiting Juneau, Ketchikan and Icy Strait Point as well as Victoria, BC from APR-OCT 2020. Beginning 10MAY, 2021, Norwegian Jewel returns to Vancouver and Seward to sail seven-day Glacier Bay Northbound and Inside Passage itineraries.

The Caribbean
As of 13APR, 2021, Norwegian Breakaway will cruise a mix of five, seven and nine-day Eastern, Western and Southern Caribbean cruises from Miami. Her Eastern Caribbean sailings will include calls to Puerto Plata, St. Thomas, Tortola, and Norwegian’s private island, Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas. Her Western Caribbean cruises feature visits to Roatán Island, Costa Maya, Cozumel and private destinations Harvest Caye. Norwegian Breakaway’s Southern Caribbean cruises will visit Aruba, Curaçao, Bonaire Puerto Plata.  

Bermuda, Canada and New England 
Beginning 14APR, 2021, Norwegian Joy will homeport in New York City for the first time, sailing a mix of Bermuda as well as Canada and New England cruises. Her seven-day Bermuda sailings will offer guests three full days to explore the island, while her five-day Canada and New England voyages will feature visits to Portland, Maine and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Europe
On 25APR, 2021, Norwegian Epic will return to Europe to sail seven-day itineraries from Barcelona, Spain and Rome (Civitavecchia) with calls to Naples and Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy; Cannes, France; and Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

Beginning 2MAY, 2021, Norwegian Dawn will once again cruise the Greek Isles from Venice, Italy with seven-day sailings that include visits to Kotor, Montenegro; Dubrovnik, Croatia; and Corfu, Santorini, Mykonos and Argostoli, Greece. 

As of 29APR, 2021, Norwegian Getaway will offer 10 and 11-day cruises to the Greek Isles and Italy from Rome, with stops in Kotor, Montenegro; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Corfu, Santorini, Mykonos and Athens, Greece; and Naples and Florence/Pisa, Italy.

Returning to Europe on 28MAY, 2021, Norwegian Escape will offer nine-day cruises to the Baltic region from Copenhagen, Denmark with calls to Warnemünde, Tallinn, Helsinki, Stockholm and an overnight in Saint Petersburg. 

Asia and South Pacific
Beginning 9MAY, 2020 and opening for sale on 1MAY, 2019, Norwegian Spirit will sail a variety of port-intensive itineraries from Tokyo and Hong Kong. These 11 to 15-day itineraries will feature bucket-list worthy destinations including calls to Shanghai, Beijing, Osaka, Okinawa, Mount Fuji, Sapporo and Taipei.   

In early 2020, as part of the company’s Norwegian Edge program, Norwegian Spirit will undergo an extensive multi-million-dollar revitalization including new venues, updated staterooms and public spaces.

Norwegian Jewel will sail a variety of French Polynesia, Hawaii, and South Pacific cruises in spring 2020 and spring 2021. Opening for sale on 17APR, 2019, these 11 to 21-day sailings will cruise from Sydney, Papeete, Honolulu, and Vancouver, featuring visits to destinations such as Bora Bora, Moorea, Raiatea, and Nuku Hiva in French Polynesia; Lautoka, Suva, and Dravuni in Fiji; Noumea, Lifou, and Ille des Pins in New Caledonia; Mystery Island, Espiritu Santo, and Port Vila, Vanuatu; and the Big Island, Maui, Kauai, and Oahu in the Hawaiian islands.

Bruce Parkinson

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An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.