NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINES TO RETURN TO AUSTRALIA
Norwegian Cruise Line will return to Australasian waters for the first time in 15 years during the 2016/17 wave season, with the line today confirming a pair of visits by Norwegian Star to Australia.. Revealed as part of the line’s latest schedule release, the global deployment marks the first time an NCL ship has cruised Australia since the now-retired Norwegian Wind sailed three Trans-Tasman departures from Sydney during the 2001/02 wave season.
Australia will first feature at the end of a one-way voyage from Hong Kong to Sydney as part of its Asia deployment, departing on 16 Jan 2017 and arriving the NSW harbour city on 06 Feb. On its way to Australia, Star will stop in Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia before arriving in Darwin and cruising the east coast to Cairns, Airlie Beach & Brisbane before Sydney. The ship will then operate two one-way voyages in the form of a 12-day sailing from Sydney to Auckland also visiting Melbourne, Burnie before crossing the Tasman to Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Napier, Tauranga and Auckland. Sydney will feature once more as part of Norwegian Star’s 19- day return departure to Malaysia departing on 18 Feb, embarking in Auckland and visiting Bay of Islands, Sydney, Brisbane, Airlie Beach, Cairns, Darwin and Bali.
Norwegian Cruise Line regional vice-president sales & marketing Australia and New Zealand Nicole Costantin said the deployment was exciting news. “Our Freestyle Cruising concept is perfect for Australians so to bring a ship down here makes perfect sense. It will be great for Australian cruisers. “It fits the Australian way of life. Do whatever you want whenever you want to do it. As a holiday concept, it fits the Australian psyche perfectly,” Costantin said.