Norwegian Cruise Line expands destination portfolio with immersive itineraries
After a successful first season in Namibia and South Africa, Norwegian Cruise Line is giving guests at ITB Berlin a glimpse into the future.
In December 2022, Norwegian Jade became the first ship from Norwegian Cruise Line that was homeported in Cape Town. Norwegian Jade was the first of an 18-ship fleet that set sail from Cape Town for the first time, embarking on a 12-day journey along the coastline of Namibia and South Africa, with stops in Mossel Bay, Port Elizabeth, Richard’s Bay and Walvis Bay.
The company recently confirmed that the Africa region remains a priority, with plans to launch further voyages around the continent in winter 2024. Norwegian Dawn is the name of a vessel that will set sail from South Africa next winter, with up to 2,340 passengers travelling between Cape Town to Port Louis in Mauritius.
“As part of our guest-first philosophy, we strive to continually expand our portfolio of destinations and offer our guests more immersive itineraries that are made to collect memories for life,” said Kevin Bubolz, Vice President and Managing Director Continental Europe, Middle East and Africa.
“Our new Africa cruises are proof of that, combining sought-after destinations like Cape Town and Mauritius with hidden gems like Pomene and Maputo in Mozambique or Fort Dauphin in Madagascar.”
Before touring the south coast of Africa, Norwegian Dawn will embark on a 17-day trip from Doha, Qatar to the island nation of Mauritius. The voyage will depart on January 3, 2024, and it will be the first time this route has been taken by Norwegian Cruise Line.