Experience Freer Cruising with Norwegian Jewel

10 November 2016
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Coming to Australia is the Norwegian Jewel with some exciting new “Freestyle” itineraries departing from Sydney and Auckland. Norwegian Jewel will be based in the Asia Pacific region with inaugural departures beginning November 2017 from Australia and New Zealand to some of the region's most incredible ports, like Hawaii, French Polynesia, and even to the far side of the Pacific, Alaska.

Oahu Beach, Hawaiin paradise. (Image: Getty)

Highlights of Norwegian Jewel's inaugural season in Australia include some great close to home itineraries departing from Sydney to regional destinations like Kangaroo Island and Tasmania's Burnie. Or there is now a Norwegian Jewel cruise through New Zealand's spectacular Milford Sound. Still close to home, Norwegian Jewel will make an eighteen-day trip from Sydney to Singapore in early 2018 for guests to enjoy Far North Queensland, Darwin, and Komodo Island.

Komodo National Park has all the colours. (Image: Getty)

Norwegian Cruise Line continues its 50-year history of pushing the boundaries of traditional cruising - the biggest news, is the introduction of its Freestyle Cruising. Guests now have a new range of flexible dining and activity options, onboard the 14 purpose-built Freestyle Cruising ships. There is a huge range of activities from basketball to yoga - it’s all here to experience, plus award-winning and incredible entertainment with the hottest dance performance at sea, Burn the Floor!

Green rivulets of mountains on Hawaii's Nua Pali coastline. (Image: Getty)

Norwegian’s Freestyle dining is a real break away from the usual cruising mealtimes – guests can enjoy a four-course meal and a great bottle of wine, or grab a burger hot off the grill. They can dress up or dress down. Sit with friends or make new ones, or dine inside or oceanside - dining is designed for guest mood as opposed to ship schedule. Norwegian is all about the freedom and flexibility of Freestyle Dining, which means no fixed dining times or pre-assigned seating. There are restaurants from bow to stern, so guests can have more dining options than days of their cruise.

Milford Sound magical mirror image. (Image: Getty)

O'Sheehan's Bar & Grill, which was added onboard Jewel during a spring 2014 dry dock, provides a bright and airy location, serving quality favourites like fish 'n' chips and chicken pot pies. Open 24/7, and very much in keeping with the “Freestyle” or dine anytime approach, it takes the pressure off the main dining rooms, with no waiting time for lunch or dinner, even at popular mealtimes. To also sort out your dining options a recent addition is the digital signage that not only lets passengers know what's going on onboard but also allows them to make dining reservations and buy shore excursions on the spot.

The prehisotic looking Padar Peninsulas in the Komodo National Park. (Image: Getty)

With the rise of group travel like multigenerational families and special interest groups, there are convenient connecting staterooms across various categories for groups to find the perfect accommodation to suit their cruise. Note too that sometimes Norwegian offers solo cruisers special fares for staterooms.

Soft coral on the Reef, part of North Queensland's treasures. (Image: Getty)

Whether you want to cruise in a Family Suite, enjoy a Balcony Stateroom with some of your best friends, indulge in absolute luxury in the Haven with your partner, or travel solo, Norwegian Jewel has just the cabin for you. Always with a casual, laid-back ambience and a huge range of dining options, Norwegian Jewel provides well-loved comfort from which to explore any port of call.

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