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Norwegian Cruise Line Unveils Northern Hemisphere Summer 2023 Itineraries

November 24, 2020 Cruise News No Comments

Norwegian Cruise Line, the innovator in global cruise travel with a 53-year history of breaking boundaries, has opened for sale Northern Hemisphere summer 2023 itineraries. NCL is also inviting its Australian and New Zealand guests to plan their future getaway with its ‘Black Friday Sale’, which sees all stateroom categories* across all ships and destinations receiving all five of its popular ‘Free at Sea’ offers.

Available until 10 December 2020, with NCL’s ‘Black Friday Sale’ guests can enjoy a free beverage package, free shore excursion credit, free specialty dining package, free Wi-Fi package and access to NCL’s ‘3rd and 4th guest sail at a reduced rate’ (on select sailings), providing US$2,900 in overall value.

With the launch of Norwegian’s Northern Hemisphere summer 2023 itineraries, cruisers have even more choices. From Caribbean island hopping to Alaskan glacier viewing to European explorations, the newly released itineraries offer experiences that will provide travellers with what they have been missing this year – an opportunity to recharge, connect and discover. The new itineraries include noteworthy firsts such as the brand’s first visit to beautiful Nessebar, Bulgaria on Norwegian Jade’s Extraordinary Journeys sailing through the Mediterranean and Black Sea; the debut of Norwegian Bliss at the Royal Naval Dockyard during her seven-day roundtrip voyage to Bermuda from New York; Norwegian Jade’s first visit to Bodrum, Turkey and Paros, Greece during her seven-day roundtrip voyage from Athens (Piraeus), Greece; and more.  This is the furthest in advance that Norwegian has ever launched its itineraries, giving guests the ultimate freedom of time in this uncertain environment.

Further, to inspire guests and remind them about the unforgettable experiences available across the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet, the brand recently announced a new docuseries, “EMBARK – The Series,” inviting armchair travellers to enjoy a front row seat to its highly-anticipated comeback. The docuseries kicked off with a special showcase at London’s historic West End Garrick Theatre for a special reunion that brings “The Choir of Man” cast together for the first time in many months. The nearly 40-minute episode is now available at on-demand.

“Now is the time to break free from the hold 2020 has had on us, dream big and plan for the cruise vacation we’ve all been waiting for,” said Harry Sommer, Norwegian Cruise Line president and chief executive officer. “Our newest itineraries along with our incredible, limited-time Black Friday deal provides guests with the perfect opportunity to book, save and indulge in a cruise vacation of a lifetime. We can’t wait to return to sea, but until we can do so, we are proud to be able to provide our guests with a bit of inspiration, entertainment and behind-the scenes action with the launch of ‘EMBARK – The Series’.”

Northern Hemisphere Summer 2023 notable itineraries include:   


  • Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Gem and Norwegian Jade will sail a selection of five to 11-day cruises through the Mediterranean from May through October. For the first time, Norwegian Cruise Line will visit the ancient city of Nessebar, Bulgaria during Norwegian Jade’s 30 March Extraordinary Journeys sailing. This nine-day roundtrip voyage from Athens (Piraeus), Greece through the Mediterranean and Black Sea includes a port rich itinerary with no sea days allowing travellers to explore a new town each day.
  • On her 21 May sailing, Norwegian Jade will make her debut in Bodrum, Turkey and Paros, Greece as she embarks on a selection of seven-day Greek Isles roundtrip voyages from Athens (Piraeus), Greece, available through 15 Oct.
  • From 6 May through 13 Oct, Norwegian Breakaway will offer port intensive itineraries during her 10-day Greek Isles roundtrip cruises from Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy, visiting Santorini, Greece; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy; Cannes, France and more.


Sailing a series of Northern Europe cruises from 8 May through 17 Oct, Norwegian Getaway’s nine-day Baltic roundtrip voyages from Copenhagen, Denmark feature an overnight stay, a total of 36 hours in port, in the culturally rich St. Petersburg, Russia. The itinerary also includes calls to Warnemünde, Germany; Tallinn, Estonia; Stockholm, Sweden; and Helsinki featuring extended port times, from nine to 15 hours, allowing travellers additional time to absorb each city’s culture, history and art.


For the first time on her 21 May sailing, Norwegian Bliss, one of the Company’s newest ships, will call to Norfolk, Virginia – the gateway to Virginia Beach and the historic area of Colonial Williamsburg. The vessel will also make her debut at the Royal Naval Dockyard in Bermuda as she begins a series of five and seven-day roundtrip cruises sailing out of New York. The itineraries include two overnight stays at the Royal Naval Dockyard to allow flexibility for guests to explore its shops, restaurants and pristine beaches on their own time. After exploring the best Bermuda has to offer, guests can return to the ship and continue the adventure onboard with laps around the Speedway – Norwegian’s racetrack at sea – or unwind with a visit to Mandara Spa’s Thermal Suite to experience the Salt Room, a dramatic grotto surrounded with layers of body-cleansing salt crystals.


Between 22 April and 15 Oct, Alaska will welcome four Norwegian Cruise Line ships: Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Sun, and two of the brand’s newest Breakaway Plus Class – Norwegian Encore and Norwegian Joy. The ships will sail a variety of five to nine-day voyages from Seattle; Vancouver, Canada; and Seward, Alaska, and every seven and nine-day itinerary will offer a glacier experience where guests can observe these majestic wonders from the top deck as the ship sails by. Select voyages for Norwegian Joy, Norwegian Jewel and Norwegian Sun will call to Norwegian Cruise Line Holding’s new pier at Icy Strait Point, where guests can disembark and immerse themselves in the wilderness and support the local shops and community.


Starting 2 June through 29 Dec, Norwegian Sky will sail three and four-day roundtrip cruises from Miami, calling to Freeport, Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay – the Company’s private island resort in the Bahamas. On this retreat, cruisers can reserve one of the luxurious private villas within Silver Cove, an exclusive beachfront area on Great Stirrup Cay, recharge with a massage on the island’s Mandara Spa, or simply relax along the beachfront.


Cruising roundtrip from Miami, Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Sky will offer a mix of five to nine-day sailings between Eastern and Western Caribbean. The various itineraries include calls to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Road Town (Tortola), British Virgin Islands; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; George Town, Cayman Islands; Roatan Island, Honduras; Cozumel, Mexico; Harvest Caye – the Company’s resort destination in Belize, and more. Travellers can unwind with visits to these warm tropical destinations all year-round as visits to the Caribbean start 16 April through 6 Dec.


Beginning 27 Aug through 29 Oct, Norwegian Escape will homeport in New York City offering seven-day roundtrip cruises to Canada and New England making calls to Newport, Rhode Island; Portland and Bar Harbor, Maine; Saint John, and Halifax, Canada. Norwegian Pearl will sail a series of seven-day open-jaw cruises to and from Boston and Quebec City, Canada from 25 Aug through 13 Oct.  with visits to Bar Harbor, Maine; Halifax, Sydney, Charlottetown and Saguenay, Canada.

For a complete list of itineraries, information about Norwegian Cruise Line ships and their itineraries, or to book a cruise, please contact a travel professional; call NCL in Australia on 1300 255 200 or in New Zealand on 0800 969 283; or visit

*The ‘Black Friday Sale’ is not available on Sail Away cabins.

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