Norwegian Jewel flies to operate sailing from Panama City

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Norwegian Jewel flies to operate sailing from Panama City
Source: Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.
March 30, 2022

Completely revamped cruise ship becomes the 13th in the company's fleet to return to service

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), the global innovator in cruise travel, today announced the return to service of Norwegian Jewel, which will be the brand's first ship to set sail from Panama City (Colón), Panama. The fully refurbished Norwegian Jewel becomes the 13th ship 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 November 24, 2022. November voyages will base port for the brand's first time at the destination from either of two ports: the Colon Cruise Terminal and the Fuerte Amador Cruise Terminal in Panama City. NCL's seasonal voyages to Panama will offer guests from around the world more immersive Caribbean itineraries,

Norwegian Jewel guests can enjoy many 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 capacity for 2,376 guests (double occupancy), also offers some of the largest suites at sea with staterooms to fit every style and budget. The ship also offers a Haven Deluxe Owner's Suite that features the most luxurious and well-appointed accommodations on board, including 24-hour butler service.

Norwegian Jewel's first voyage will be a majestic 12-day adventure sailing along the South American coast, visiting nine notable ports and setting sail from the historic city of Panama City (Colón), Panama. Itinerary highlights include a trip to Puerto Quetzal, where guests can take a safari through one of Guatemala's largest animal parks, as well as Las Caletas, where visitors can spend the afternoon swimming with sea lions in this tropical beach hideaway. Other destinations on the itinerary include Puntarenas, Costa Rica, where travelers can stroll through the picturesque port city with its multi-colored cabins and local markets, and Carara Tropical Rainforest to explore exotic flora and fauna with a naturalist guide. This cruise departs from Panama City (Colón),

"Norwegian Jewel's maiden voyage is not only another important milestone in our Grand Return of Cruising, but it is a sign of a bright future as we will be seasonally homeporting incredible Panama in November," said the president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, Harry Sommer. "With Norwegian Jewel's diverse itineraries spanning voyages from Alaska to the Caribbean, guests will be able to see the world on one of our award-winning ships."

Through the end of March 2023, Norwegian Jewel will offer a total of eight round-trip Panama Canal cruises ranging from eight- to 10-day itineraries starting in Colón, the Caribbean side of Panama, and ending in Panama City ( Fuerte Amador), the Pacific side of Panama, and vice versa. Additionally, the vessel will offer a selection of 12-day open-jaw repositioning voyages that begin or end their voyages in Panama City (Colón), Panama.

The redeployment of the company's entire fleet will continue in partnership with local governments and will be guided by the robust protocols of the company's Sail Safe Health and Safety program, which at its cornerstone requires that all guests over the age of twelve, as well like all crew, they must be fully vaccinated to embark on all NCL voyages for the foreseeable future. Guests under the age of eleven are welcome on board unvaccinated and it is the responsibility of the guest's guardian to be aware of local protocols and/or travel restrictions in place at the visiting destinations at the time of sailing.


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