John Pond C&T Magazine 10 June 2016


ncl_Jewel_Aerial_Horz_4_extnd_left.jpgNorwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Jewel Calls Australia Home. Steve Odell – Senior Vice President and Managing Director Asia Pacific for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.Norwegian Jewel, announced this week – part of Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL) 14-strong fleet – will be based year-round in the Asia Pacific with departures to and from Australia commencing October 2017, kick-starting with an initial schedule of 15 sensational sailings through to March 2018. Bookings for Norwegian Jewel’s inaugural Australasian itineraries will open on 29 June 2016.


Executive Vice President of International Business Development for NCLH, Mr Harry Sommer, said: “We are incredibly excited to announce Norwegian Jewel will be calling Australia home fromvember 2017, giving local travellers the opportunity to cruise to or from Sydney on a range of amazing itineraries along the Australian and New Zealand coastlines, together with enticing island destinations such as Tahiti, Fiji and New Caledonia, before she begins a series of south-east Asian journeys early in 2018.”


Guests will be treated to the finest local Australian produce including regional beef, lamb, seafood, fine wines and ales on her voyages from Sydney. Additionally, guests will enjoy award-winning entertainment straight from our shores – with the epic home-grown ballroom spectacular Burn the Floor being confirmed as part of Jewel’s on-board entertainment.

“Norwegian Cruise Line offers freedom and flexibility never before seen in Australia, and we’re delighted that Australians will now be able to experience premium-contemporary freestyle cruising much closer to home, with some additional local flair,” said Mr Sommer.With a wide range of accommodation ranging from inside and oceanview staterooms to family suites and expansive, luxurious suites with 24-hour butler service in The Haven. There are 16 dining options ranging from Teppanyaki to Brazilian Churrascaria with no set dining times or pre-assigned seating, Norwegian Jewel epitomises NCL’s flexible ‘freestyle’ approach to life on board.

ncl_Jewel_Rstrnt_Tsar_Palace.jpgFrom Airlie Beach to Auckland, Port Lincoln to Papeete, Burnie to Bali and Kangaroo Ito Komodo, Norwegian Jewel will be visiting some of the region’s most incredible ports across 15 specially-crafted itineraries, commencing on 3 October 2017 with a 39-night combination cruise from Vancouver to Sydney taking in Hawaii and the South Pacific which can be undertaken in three segments are on offer.

ncl_Jewel_Strm_Blcny.jpgHighlights of Norwegian Jewel’s inaugural local season comprises seven Sydney round-trip cruises including a 5-day Sydney-Tasmania-Sydney cruise departing 12 November 2017, as well as a 9-day voyage visiting a swathe of burgeoning regional destinations including Eden, Kangaroo Island and Tasmania’s Burnie, departing 14 December 2017. Norwegian Jewel’s 10 to 16-day Australia and New Zealand itineraries depart between November 2017 and February 2018, with highlights including cruising through New Zealand’s striking Milford Sound and the spectacular Bay of Islands. Jewel will make her way from Sydney to Singapore on an 18 day adventure departing 20 February 2018 where guests can enjoy the best of Far North Queensland, Darwin, and enjoy a visit to the enchanting Komodo Island.

Following her Australian season, Norwegian Jewel will undertake a range of exotic Asian itineraries visiting Vietnam, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Korea and more, offering Australian travellers the opportunity to explore some of the best Asia has to offer on a 40-night combination voyage from Sydney through to Yokohama – Gateway to Tokyo.

For additional information on Norwegian Jewel and her 2017-18 Australasian itineraries, please visit A dedicated 12-page brochure, Norwegian Jewel – a new style of cruising to call Australian home’, is also available online, or as hardcopy by request.

Contact a travel professional, call Norwegian’s local hotline, Australia: 1300 255 200, New Zealand: 0800 969 283 email or visit

 About Norwegian Cruise LineNorwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 50-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising, most notably with the introduction of Freestyle Cruising which revolutionised the industry by giving guests more freedom and flexibility. Norwegian Cruise Line invites guests to explore the world on one of 14 purpose-built Freestyle Cruising ships, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed, resort style cruise holiday on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea. Recently, the line was named “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line” for the eighth consecutive year, as well as “Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Line” for the fourth time and “World’s Leading Large Ship Cruise Line” for the third straight year by the World Travel Awards.

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 New Cathay Planes. A few highlights of 2017: Cathay Pacific’s New A350 – The cabin of Cathay Pacific’s new A350-900 has been carefully designed to give passengers the best sleeping experience, the best entertainment, and to offer them greater control over how they want to use the space, whether for working or to relax.

Some new highlights of the aircraft include: Inflight Wi-Fi so passengers can  stream shows as well as connect with others. For a fee, passengers can browse the internet, send and receive emails and connect on social media. Access to the Cathay Pacific website, a number of partner websites and three live TV news channels is available free of charge.

New Business Class features include extra stowage space within easy reach, personal service offered by a “Do Not Disturb” and “Wake Up Call” function in the entertainment system and new linen-like bedding.

Premium Economy Class seat features a fully integrated leg rest which, together with the ergonomically designed seat, allows more flexibility to adjust for optimal comfort.

Passengers in Economy Class will appreciate a new six-way headrest that provides better support and enhances sleeping comfort.

Both Premium Economy and Economy Class has more cleverly designed storage features, as well as power outlets and USB ports for the convenience of the modern traveller.

The quiet cabin, lower cabin pressure and noise levels, panoramic windows, LED mood lighting and huge overhead lockers all contribute to a more comfortable and relaxing journey in all cabin classes.

The A350 is the quietest among the aircraft types in its class and also 25% more fuel efficient. Not responsible for errors or omissions, prices subject to change.

PHOTOS:NCL Norwegian Jewel

  • (insert) Steve Odell – Senior Vice President and Managing Director Asia Pacific for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. with Mr Harry Sommer Executive Vice President of International Business Development NCLH.
  • The Haven
  • Tsar Restaurant
  • Standard Balcony Cabin
  • Cathay Pacific
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About John Pond, J.P.

Pioneer in television as producer of thousands of hours of TV shows on Australian and American television including Graham Kennedy, Tommy Leonetti, People in Conflict, Hollywood Bowl, Major Specials and Dr John‘s Casebook TV Shows. TV manager J. Walter Thompson & McCannErickson Advertising and head of production for Columbia Pictures TV. John changed careers to the hospitality industry working for Sydney’s top 5 star hotel as director of sales and marketing and GM. Then with Harrah’s/Caesar's World, the world’s largest hotel and casino group in Nevada. Playboy Magazine in Chicago, head of worldwide PR/Marketing, for their Resorts, Clubs, Hotels & Casinos. Producer at Fox Studios in Los Angeles. Co-creator of hit US network TV show Joker, Joker, Joker, first TV show to give away a million dollars. Writer travel articles for magazines and newspapers including Washington Post, New York Times, American Playboy as well as local Australian papers and magazines. In the USA represented many personalities including Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Bob Hope, Mel Torme, and many other major names. John is Editor at Sea of Australia’s leading cruise magazine, Travel & Cruise writer for The Retiree Magazine, Destinations Magazine and Spectator Group of Newspapers. John reviews cruise ships, Destinations and Hotels, and is ably assisted by his Associate Editor Sandra Tiltman.
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One Response to John Pond C&T Magazine 10 June 2016

  1. paul olbourne says:

    great coverage as always


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