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Norwegian Cruise Line Reveals New Autumn and Winter 2025/26 Sailings

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14/12/2023

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Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), the innovator in global cruise travel with a 57-year history of breaking boundaries, revealed new autumn and winter 2025/26 voyages.

Continuing the positive trend of recent years, the Company experienced strong sales in November as a result from the ongoing demand for cruising.

“Our guests have spoken! The solid number of bookings this past month is a positive indicator of what to expect early in the new year during wave season, when many of our guests typically book their cruises with us,” said David J. Herrera, president of Norwegian Cruise Line. “In recent years, we have begun to offer more diverse and longer itinerary options, and this positive momentum is a sure sign that our guests are delighted with our offerings and are looking forward to exploring the world with us. Our new 2025 and 2026 itineraries will bring them more of what they want and more opportunities to enjoy their ideal holiday visiting their dream destination aboard any NCL ship.”

NCL has an endless number of sailings for travellers to choose from as the Company sails to 450 destinations across the globe including exotic and port-rich itineraries in Africa, Asia, South America, the Caribbean and more. The voyages are thoughtfully curated to feature the most popular, and best-rated ports based on guest satisfaction and to introduce our guests to new hidden gems.  NCL’s itineraries provide travellers with the ultimate cruising experience, allowing them to immerse themselves into each destination and wake up in a new fantastic location nearly every day.

The newly released season of sailings features several ships making their debut in new destinations, including Norwegian Sun visiting new ports in Asia for the first time, including Kyoto (Kobe), Japan; the all-new Norwegian Viva homeporting for the first time in Galveston, Texas for a series of Caribbean voyages; and much more.

Additional highlights from the new deployment include:

ASIA

Just in time for travellers to admire the fall foliage, Norwegian Sun’s season in Asia will kick off in Japan on 3 November, 2025, on an 11-day open-jaw sailing starting from Tokyo to Incheon, South Korea, calling to Jeju (Jeju Island), South Korea and Kyoto (Kobe), Japan – both first time visits for the ship – as well as stops in several popular Japanese cities including Nagoya and Osaka. On 14 November 2025, the ship will depart from Incheon, South Korea for the first time for another 11-day open-jaw voyage on its return to Tokyo with a similar itinerary that features a call to Hiroshima, Japan. From December 2025 through March 2026, Norwegian Sun will offer a selection of cruises between 11- and 15-days sailing through Southeast Asia with several embarkation ports for guests to choose from including Singapore; Laem Chabang, Thailand; and Keelung, Taiwan. 

AFRICA

NCL has curated a selection of exotic and port-intensive Africa sailings for Norwegian Dawn starting November 2025 through March 2026 featuring multiple embarkation ports including Cape Town, South Africa; Port Louis, Mauritius; and Doha, Qatar. The season begins on 2 November 2025, with a 21-day repositioning cruise from Barcelona, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa calling to sought-after destinations including Santa Maria, Cape Verde; Casablanca, Morocco; and Agadir, Morocco. Due to popular demand for more open-jaw voyages to start and end in Cape Town, South Africa and Port Louis, Mauritius, NCL is offering four 12-day sailings calling to the popular ports of Antsiranana, and Nosy Be, Madagascar, as well as an overnight stay in Richard’s Bay, South Africa, where guests can opt to explore the local wildlife by a safari tour, learn about South African history or enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the Aklantstrand Beach.

THE CARIBBEAN

NCL’s newest ship, Norwegian Viva will homeport in Galveston, Texas for the first time from December 2025 through April 2026 following Norwegian Prima’s footsteps which will kick off its inaugural season in this charming town on 15 December 2023. During Norwegian Viva’s winter season, the vessel will offer guests seven-day roundtrip Western Caribbean  itineraries to Cozumel, and Costa Maya, Mexico; Roatan, Honduras; as well as Harvest Caye, NCL’s resort-style destination located in Southern Belize. On 10 January and 24 January 2026, Norwegian Viva will sail a 14-day Eastern Caribbean itinerary for cruisers searching for a longer warm-weather escape. The voyages will visit George Town, Cayman Islands – a first-time visit for the ship – and call to NCL’s private island – Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Road Town (Tortola), British Virgin Islands; St. John’s (Antigua), Antigua; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; and Cozumel, Mexico.

Between November 2025 and April 2026, Norwegian Escape will homeport in New Orleans – the first Breakaway-Plus class ship to homeport in this bustling city – offering a series of seven-day roundtrip Western Caribbean voyages. For a similar and extended itinerary option, the ship will also offer two 14-day Southern Caribbean cruises on 1 February, and 22 February 2026, where the ship will visit for the first time Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Colon, Panama; and Cartagena Colombia.

Homeporting for a second season in La Romana, Dominican Republic, Norwegian Sky is offering travellers a selection of seven, nine and 12-day roundtrip Southern Caribbean itineraries from December 2025 through April 2026 calling to a variety of picturesque ports including Oranjestad, Aruba; Kralendijk, Bonaire; Willemstad, Curaçao of the ABC islands and more. During the 5 January 2026, nine-day sailing Norwegian Sky will cruise to the southwestern coast of the Dominican Republic to make her debut in Cabo Rojo, offering guests a beautiful beach escape. These Caribbean cruises provide travellers worldwide the opportunity to enjoy these bucket-list destinations, as most visitors arriving to the Dominican Republic do not require a visa to enter the country.

SOUTH AMERICA

The South America itineraries begin with the transatlantic crossing from Lisbon, Portugal to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 20 November, 2025, visiting Portugal, Cape Verde, and several cities in Brazil. Norwegian Star will then embark on a 17-day cruise from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 4 December, 2025 calling to ports in Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile, and making its way to the South Pole as the vessel cruises by Paradise Bay and Elephant Island in Antarctica for guests to enjoy the views and wildlife from the comfort of their balcony or the ship’s top deck before disembarking in Buenos Aires, Argentina. From 21 December 2025, through 15 February 2026, guests can also embark on 14-day roundtrip sailings from Buenos Aires, Argentina, to enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cruise by Paradise Bay and Elephant Island in Antarctica. These sailings will also call to Montevideo, Uruguay; Puerto Madryn and Ushuaia, Argentina; Punta Arenas, Chile and Stanley, Falkland Islands – a remote and charming South Atlantic archipelago.

PANAMA CANAL

From October 2025 through April 2026, Norwegian Jade will offer between 11 and 17-day cruises traversing the Panama Canal – a bucket list experience for many guests. The itineraries will offer a variety of embarkation and disembarkation ports including Miami; New York City; Tampa, Fla., and for the ship’s first time, Callao, Peru, where guests can conveniently plan extended stays pre- or post-cruise in each destination.   

The unique open-jaw 17-day Panama Canal voyage on Norwegian Jade sailing from Callao, Peru on     11 March 2026, will make its way up the west coast of South America and Central America calling to Acajutla, El Salvador; Huatulco, and Manzanillo, Mexico – for the ship’s first time – and it will mark the vessel’s return to the guest favourite port, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico since 2008. After 12 port visits and four days at sea, the voyage will disembark in San Diego, Calif.

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

Travellers searching for immersive itineraries to explore Australia and New Zealand can enjoy Norwegian Spirit’s open-jaw sailings to and from Sydney, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand between December 2025 and March 2026. Embarking and disembarking in different ports gives travellers the opportunity to extend their vacation onto land by planning pre- or post-cruise stays to fully dive into the local culture and destination. The vessel will offer 11 to 14-day voyages with most itineraries calling to guest favourite ports including Melbourne, Australia, and Napier and Dunedin, New Zealand. Select sailings will cruise by the magnificent New Zealand fjords – the Doubtful Sound, Milford Sound, and Dusky Sound – providing an unforgettable memory for NCL guests. For more information about the Company’s award-winning 19-ship fleet and worldwide itineraries, or to book a cruise, please contact a travel professional, call 021 200 6586 or visit www.ncl.com.  

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