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NCL has Sun cruising new Asian ports, Viva in Galveston, bigger New Orleans ship in 2025/26

NCL's newest ship, Norwegan Viva, will sail its first season from Galveston at part of the line's new 2025/26 deployment
Norwegian Cruise Line's just-released late 2025/early 2026 voyages feature several ships debuting in destinations across the globe.

These include Norwegian Sun visiting new ports in Asia such as Kobe (for Kyoto), Japan; Norwegian Viva homeporting for the first time in Galveston and the first Breakaway Plus ship, Norwegian Breakaway, in New Orleans. A call at the new Dominican Republic port of Cabo Rojo in Pedernales will be part of a Norwegian Sky cruise from La Romana.

Solid November bookings a wave harbinger

NCL President David Herrera said 'solid' bookings during November were a 'positive indicator of what to expect early in the new year during wave season.' He noted that 'In recent years, we have begun to offer more diverse and longer itinerary options, and this positive momentum is a sure sign that our guests are delighted with our offerings and are looking forward to exploring the world with us.'

During late 2025/early 2026 NCL will be sailing to 450 destinations across the globe including port-rich itineraries in Africa, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, South America and the Caribbean.


In time for travelers to admire the fall foliage, Norwegian Sun’s Asia season will kick off in Japan on Nov. 3, 2025, with an 11-day cruise from Tokyo to Incheon, South Korea, calling at Jeju, South Korea, along with Kobe, for the first time. Other Japanese ports include Nagoya and Osaka.

On Nov. 14, 2025, the ship will depart from Incheon for the first time for a 11-day cruise back to Tokyo with a similar itinerary that features a call at Hiroshima, Japan.

From December 2025 through March 2026, Norwegian Sun will offer a selection of 11- to 15-day cruises throughout Southeast Asia with several embarkation ports including Singapore; Laem Chabang, Thailand; and Keelung, Taiwan.

Australia/New Zealand

Norwegian Spirit’s sailings between Sydney and Auckland from December 2025 to March 2026. give travelers the opportunity to extend their vacation with pre- or post-cruise stays. The ship will offer 11- to 14-day voyages with most itineraries calling at guest-favorite ports such as Melbourne, Australia; and Napier and Dunedin, New Zealand.

Some cruises will sail into New Zealand fjords Doubtful Sound, Milford Sound and Dusky Sound.


Norwegian Dawn's Africa cruises, November 2025 through March 2026, feature multiple embarkation ports including Cape Town, South Africa; Port Louis, Mauritius; and Doha, Qatar.

The season begins on Nov. 2, 2025, with a 21-day repositioning cruise from Barcelona to Cape Town, with calls at such destinations as Santa Maria, Cape Verde, and Casablanca and Agadir, Morocco.

Citing demand for more open-jaw voyages starting and ending in Cape Town and Port Louis, Mauritius, NCL is offering four 12-day cruises to Antsiranana and Nosy Be, Madagascar, as well as an overnight stay in Richard’s Bay, South Africa, where passengers can opt to explore on a safari tour, learn about South African history or spend a relaxing afternoon at Aklantstrand Beach.


NCL's newest ship, Norwegian Viva, will homeport in Galveston for the first time from December 2025 through April 2026, following sister Norwegian Prima's inaugural season there starting Dec. 15, 2023. Norwegian Viva will seven-day round-trips to such ports as Cozumel, Costa Maya, Roatán and NCL's private destination, Harvest Caye in southern Belize.

On Jan. 10 and Jan. 24, 2026, Norwegian Viva will sail a 14-day Eastern Caribbean itinerary including Grand Cayman – a first visit for the ship – along with Great Stirrup Cay, Tortola, Antigua, St. Maarten, Puerto Plata and Cozumel.

Between November 2025 and April 2026, Norwegian Escape will homeport in New Orleans for seven-day round-trips. For an extended cruise option, the ship will also offer two 14-day Southern Caribbean sailings on Feb. 1 and Feb. 22, 2026, with maiden calls at Puerto Limón, Costa Rica; Colón, Panama; and Cartagena, Colombia.

Homeporting for a second season in La Romana, Dominican Republic, Norwegian Sky will operate a selection of seven-, nine- and 12-day Southern Caribbean round-trips from December 2025 through April 2026. Destinations include Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao. During the Jan. 5, 2026, nine-day cruise, Norwegian Sky will sail to the southwestern coast of the Dominican Republic to make its debut in Cabo Rojo.

Panama Canal

From October 2025 through April 2026, Norwegian Jade will traverse the Panama Canal on 11- and 17-day cruises from a variety of embarkation and disembarkation ports including Miami, New York, Tampa and, for the ship’s first time, Callao, Peru.

The 17-day voyage from Callao on March 11, 2026, will make its way up the Pacific coast of South America and Central America to San Diego with 12 port calls including Acajutla, El Salvador; Huatulco, and Manzanillo, Mexico, for the first time. And Norwegian Jade will visit Puerto Vallarta for the first time since 2008.

South America

South America itineraries begin with Norwegian Star's trans-Atlantic crossing from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro on Nov. 20, 2025, with calls at Portugal, Cape Verde and several cities in Brazil. The ship will then embark on a 17-day cruise from Rio de Janeiro to ports in Argentina, Uruguay and Chile, and making its way south, cruising by Paradise Bay and Elephant Island in Antarctica, before ending at Buenos Aires.

From Dec. 21, 2025 through Feb. 15, 2026, Norwegian Star will sail 14-day round-trips from Buenos Aires to Antarctica, Montevideo, Puerto Madryn, Ushuaia, Punta Arenas and Stanley, Falkland Islands.