In a boon for the Australian cruise industry, Norwegian Cruise Line has announced a return to Australian waters for the first time in 15 years. The upcoming visit by Norwegian Star as part of its 2016/17 itinerary is already making waves, with its freestyle cruising considered a perfect fit with the style of Australian cruisers.
The initial visit of Norwegian Star to Australia is part of a scheduled one-way voyage departing Hong Kong and arriving in Sydney on 16 Jan 2017. The Australian leg of the cruise will include visits to Darwin, Cairns, Airlie Beach and Brisbane, and provide stunning vistas of Australia’s magnificent coastline.
The arrival of Norwegian Star, featuring 15 decks and accommodating more than 2,200 passengers, will be the first visit to Australia by Norwegian Cruise Line since Norwegian Wind visited during the 2001/02 sailing season.
Exciting Australian and New Zealand itineraries
Taking advantage of prime summer cruising down under, Norwegian Star will depart on a series of one-way voyages taking in the best of southern Australia and New Zealand. The first is a 12-day cruise departing from Sydney and visiting Melbourne before crossing the Bass Strait to Burnie in north-west Tasmania. From there, Star will cross the Tasman for a visit to both the South and North Islands of New Zealand. Highlights include stopovers in Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Napier, Tauranga, and finally the vibrant city of Auckland.
For those unable to make the first cruise, Norwegian Star will again visit Sydney in mid February 2017 during its return visit. This second cruise is a 19-day journey departing from Auckland before visiting the spectacular Bay of Islands, then Sydney, Brisbane, Airlie Beach, Cairns, Darwin and Bali.
The Freestyle Cruising concept, familiar to Norwegian Cruise Line regulars, provides passengers with the maximum opportunity to enjoy on-board facilities at a time that suits them. Norwegian Star boasts 11 restaurants, 8 bars and lounges, a casino, several pools, a comprehensive spa and fitness centre, kids clubs, entertainment extravaganzas, a huge outdoor movie screen and much more.
A dedicated sales and marketing office will be opened in Sydney to provide up-to-the-minute information for travellers.