Vessel to Seasonally Homeport in Panama City Starting Nov. 24, 2022, making Norwegian Jewel the First NCL Vessel to Sail from Fuerte Amador Cruise Terminal in Panama City
COURTESY NCL: MIAMI (March 29, 2021) —Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), the innovator in global cruise travel, today announced the return to service of Norwegian Jewel, which will be the Brand’s first ship sailing from Panama City (Colón), Panama. The fully renovated Norwegian Jewel becomes the 13th vessel in the Company’s 17-ship fleet to return to service offering immersive itineraries to Alaska from May through September before homeporting in Panama beginning Nov. 24, 2022. The November voyages will mark the Brand’s first time homeporting in the destination from either port – the Colón Cruise Terminal and Fuerte Amador Cruise Terminal in Panama City. NCL’s Panama seasonal sailings will offer guests from all over the world more immersive Caribbean itineraries, with the added benefit for non-U.S. guests of not requiring a U.S. visa.
Guests on Norwegian Jewel can enjoy numerous amenities including action-packed activities at the outdoor Sports Complex, high energy Zumba® and Flywheel Sports® classes, and multiple uniquely themed bars and lounges, including Bliss Ultra Lounge where guests can dance the night away. Norwegian Jewel, with a guest capacity of 2,376 (double occupancy), also offers some of the largest suites at sea with staterooms that accommodate every style and budget. The ship also offers a Haven Deluxe Owner’s Suite that features the most luxurious, well-appointed accommodations on board, including a 24-hour butler service.
Norwegian Jewel’s first voyage will be a majestic 12-day adventure sailing up the South American coast, visiting nine remarkable ports, and launching from the historic city of Panama City (Colón), Panama. Itinerary highlights include a journey to Puerto Quetzal, where guests can go on a safari through one of the largest animal parks in Guatemala, as well as Las Caletas where visitors can spend the afternoon swimming with sea lions at this tropical beach hideaway. Other destinations in the itinerary include Puntarenas, Costa Rica, where travelers can stroll the quaint seaport town with its multi-colored cottages and local markets, and Carara Tropical Rainforest to explore exotic flora and fauna with a naturalist guide. This cruise departs from Panama City (Colón), Panama today, Tuesday, Mar. 29, 2022, and disembarks on Sunday, Apr. 10, 2022, in San Diego, CA.
“Norwegian Jewel’s first sail is not just another major milestone in our Great Cruise Comeback but it’s the sign of a bright future as we will seasonally homeport from incredible Panama in November,” said Norwegian Cruise Line President and Chief Executive Officer, Harry Sommer. “With Norwegian Jewel’s diverse itineraries spanning voyages from Alaska to the Caribbean, guests will be able to see the world in one of our award-winning ships.”
Through the end of March 2023, Norwegian Jewel will offer a total of eight Panama Canal roundtrip cruises ranging from eight-to-10-day itineraries starting from Colón, the Caribbean side of Panama, and ending in Panama City (Fuerte Amador), the Pacific side of Panama, and vice versa. In addition, the vessel will offer a selection of 12-day open-jaw repositioning voyages that begin or end their sailings in Panama City (Colón), Panama.
The company’s fleetwide redeployment will continue in partnership with local governments and are guided by the robust protocols of the Company’s Sail Safe Health and Safety program, which at its cornerstone requires that all guests ages twelve and over, as well as all crew, must be fully vaccinated to embark on all NCL voyages for the foreseeable future. Guests who are eleven years of age and under are welcome aboard unvaccinated and it is the responsibility of the guest’s guardian to be aware of any local protocols and/or travel restrictions in place at the visiting destinations at the time of sailing. Working with the leading experts of the SailSAFE™ Global Health and Wellness Council, the robust protocols will be regularly evaluated and modified as needed, making science-based decisions to protect guests, crew and the destinations it visits. As protocols evolve and additional information becomes available, updates will be published at www.ncl.com/sail-safe.
About Norwegian Cruise Line
As the innovator in global cruise travel, Norwegian Cruise Line has been breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising for 55 years. Most notably, the cruise line revolutionized the industry by offering guests the freedom and flexibility to design their ideal vacation on their preferred schedule with no assigned dining and entertainment times and no formal dress codes. Today, its fleet of 17 contemporary ships sail to over 300 of the world’s most desirable destinations, including Great Stirrup Cay, the company’s private island in the Bahamas and its resort destination Harvest Caye in Belize. Norwegian Cruise Line not only provides superior guest service from land to sea, but also offers a wide variety of award-winning entertainment and dining options as well as a range of accommodations across the fleet, including solo traveler staterooms, club balcony suites, spa-suites and The Haven by Norwegian®, the company’s shipwithin-a-ship concept.
Cover photo: Norwegian Jewel, courtesy NCL
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