Norwegian Cruise Line plans to expand to more sensational destinations in 2024/25

Norwegian Spirit, Norwegian Sun and Norwegian Sky sail to Asia for the first time in an extended eight-month season

For the first time, NCL will head to destinations in Bahrain, the Cook Islands, Egypt, and Japan

Norwegian Cruise Line, an innovator in the global cruise industry and a brand that has been setting new standards for 56 years, announces the launch of new exotic itineraries for the 2024/25 season. These include the Asian debut of Norwegian Spirit, Norwegian Sun, and Norwegian Ski, as well as new destinations in Manama (Bahrain), Rarotonga (Cook Islands), Sokhna (Egypt), and Akita (Japan).

With these new itineraries for the October 2024-December 2025 season, NCL is expanding its travel offering to Antarctica, South America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Australia, and New Zealand by 37%.

The Extraordinary Voyages collection, with tours in particularly exciting and awe-inspiring ports, is growing by 15%. With this, the company reaffirms its commitment to offer its guests exceptional travel experiences to some of the most desirable tourist destinations in the world.

“Our guests crave longer, more varied, unique itineraries that take them off the beaten path,” said Harry Sommer, president, and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line.

“With these new itineraries, we present our most diverse itinerary yet. Many brand new features include an expanded offering to Asia and NCL’s first ports in Argentina, Bahrain, Japan, and Egypt, all together with the unique onboard services that NCL is known and loves – from spacious cabins to great entertainment programs to a variety of culinary offerings that can always to rival those on land – this opens up an absolutely unforgettable way for our guests to explore the world.” Harry Sommer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Norwegian Cruise Line

Unique itineraries now available for booking include:

  • NCL’s maiden voyage from Ushuaia, Argentina: Beginning on March 1, 2025, Norwegian Star will depart from Ushuaia, Argentina on a 14-day South American journey to Brazil and Antarctica. This once-in-a-lifetime trip offers guests a more immersive and immersive way to experience South America and travel to Antarctica. Embarking in Ushuaia (Argentina) reduces days at sea and offers passengers more time in impressive ports. Cruising Paradise Bay in Antarctica allows guests to experience the surrounding glacial mountains as well as native wildlife. In addition, this fascinating journey offers guests the opportunity to experience the culture of Puerto Madryn and Buenos Aires (Argentina), Montevideo and Punta Del Este (Uruguay) and São Paulo (Brazil).
  • NCL docks in Bahrain as part of its first Middle East cruise: From 12 April 2025, Norwegian Sun will depart from Doha (Qatar) on a seven-day Middle East cruise to Dubai (United Arab Emirates). An overnight stay in Abu Dhabi (UAE) gives travelers more time to explore the destination’s fascinating culture. Other destinations on this Open Jav voyage include Dammam (Saudi Arabia) and – a first for NCL – Manama (Bahrain), Dubai and Sir Bani Yas, the largest natural island southwest of Abu Dhabi (UAE).
  • Asian premiere for three NCL ships: Norvegian Sun and Norvegian Ski will embark on an extended, eight-month season in Asia from October 2024 to May 2025, which will include calls to the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan with a series of highly desirable cherry blossoms. and autumn foliage tours in Japan. As part of a 12-day round trip on Norwegian Sun departing Tokyo on October 23, 2024, Akita (Japan) will also be called by NCL for the first time. Norwegian Spirit will also sail the region. She embarks on a tour from Australia to Asia on December 7, 2024, followed by her first Asian tour from December 21, 2024.
  • Two special back-to-back cruises as part of Extraordinary Journeys: Two tours are operated with Norwegian Ski and take place right after each other. From December 2024, the ship will embark on a 16-day African voyage from Dubai (UAE) to Mauritius, calling at dream destinations such as Seychelles, Kenya, Tanzania and Oman. Immediately afterward, Norwegian Ski will embark on a 17-day voyage from Mauritius to Singapore, with stops in the Seychelles, Maldives and Zanzibar. On 19 April 2025, Norwegian Sun embarks on a 16-day cruise from Dubai (UAE) to Haifa (Israel) with 10 ports of call including Sokhna (Egypt) – a first for NCL. This stop in Sokhna (Egypt) gives guests easy access to Cairo and the ancient pyramids of Giza.
  • A brand new Australian itinerary, Norwegian Spirit returns Down Under for its third season, embarking on a new 14-day open-jaw cruise from Sydney via the Queensland coast to Bali in December 2024. This voyage calls in the Australian cities of Cairns and Darwin with overnight stays in Benoi, Bali (Indonesia). This gives cruisers more valuable time to enjoy this fantastic exotic destination. In addition, the ship will call at the port of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands in November 2025 for the first time in NCL’s history.
  • Two NCL ships start their itineraries from Haifa (Israel): In November 2024, Norwegian Ski will embark on a 16-day Middle East cruise from Haifa (Israel) to Dubai (United Arab Emirates). An extraordinary journey that offers guests a unique transit experience through the Suez Canal in Egypt. Norwegian Sun departs May 5, 2025 on an 11-day Mediterranean cruise from Haifa, Israel to Istanbul, Turkey. This fantastic trip visits desirable destinations in Greece, Turkey and Egypt.

For more details on NCL’s Extraordinary Voyages collection and available voyages for 2023, visit