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NCL opens the books on 20 new destinations, from Greenland to Antarctica

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Norwegian Star is depicted in Antarctica, where it will offer scenic cruising in connection with 14-day South America voyages starting in late 2021
Norwegian Cruise Line opened sales for voyages to more than 20 new destinations across all seven continents, with departures from 2021 through 2023.

Among the notable itineraries is Norwegian Star’s first Antarctica voyage in late 2021 when the ship embarks from Buenos Aires for a season of 14-day 'Extraordinary Journeys,' visiting five ports across Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and the Falkland Islands. Scenic cruising is planned past Antarctica's Deception Island and Elephant Island/Cape Lookout.

On Norwegian Star’s March 2022 South America sailing the ship will become the first in the fleet to visit Fortaleza and Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, during a 15-day cruise from Rio de Janeiro.

NCL's first Greenland visit

Also in 2022, Norwegian Star’s July 14 and July 25 Northern Europe sailings will make the brand’s debut in Greenland with calls at Nuuk, Qaqortoq and Nanortalik during two back-to-back 10- and 11-day sailings from Reykjavik, Iceland.

Cape Town round-trips

Norwegian Jade’s 12-day 'Extraordinary Journey' sailings from December 2021 through January 2022 will mark the first time NCL cruises round-trip from Cape Town, South Africa. The voyages include visits to Luderitz and Walvis Bay, Namibia; and South Africa's Durban, with overnights in Cape Town and Richard’s Bay.

New Asia ports

Norwegian Sun will debut in Asia in November 2021 and become the first NCL ship to visit Nagoya, Beppu and Himeji Japan; Manila and Coron, Philippines; Kota Kinabalu and Melaka, Malaysia; Muara, Brunei; and Kampot, Cambodia.

New in New Zealand

From December 2021 through March 2022 and December 2022 through March 2023, Norwegian Spirit will offer a series of 12-day voyages to and from Sydney and, for the first time, Auckland, New Zealand. New ports for the ship include Akaroa, Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, Picton (Marlborough), Lyttleton, Dunedin and Gisborne, New Zealand; as well as Eden, Melbourne and Burnie (Tasmania), Australia, including overnight calls at Melbourne on select itineraries.

Norwegian Escape and Gem to the Greek Isles

Both Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Gem will sail the Greek Isles for the first time. From May through November 2022, the ships will offer up to 11-day voyages with Norwegian Escape sailing round-trip Civitavecchia (Rome) and Norwegian Gem cruising from Venice.

'At this moment, we are in our respective corners of the world destination-daydreaming. We wanted to use this time to provide our loyal guests with the best-of-the-best itineraries,' NCL President and CEO Harry Sommer said.

Bookings were opened early to give people more time to plan aspirational vacations.