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NCL celebrates NZ's open border

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), has welcomed the New Zealand Government’s decision to reopen its maritime borders to cruising as the line prepares for its inaugural Australasian season for the newly-refurbished Norwegian Spirit, set to offer four sailings from Auckland between January and March 2023.

Ben Angell, Norwegian Cruise Line vice president and managing director, APAC says Norwegian Spirit’s upcoming Australasian deployment will see Auckland become a seasonal home port with four turn-arounds providing an additional economic boost through pre and post-cruise international visitor stays.

She will also make 45 visits to eight different New Zealand ports throughout the 2022-23 season: Auckland, Dunedin, Lyttleton, Wellington, Napier, Tauranga, Bay of Islands and Akaroa.

Norwegian Spirit’s local voyages will be a collection of eight 12-day sailings with port-intensive itineraries departing from Sydney and Auckland between December 2022 and March 2023. Her first departure from Auckland will be on 3 January 2023 followed by 27 January, 20 February and 16 March 2023.

Following the most extensive and expensive ship renovation in NCL’s history, at a cost of over USD$100 million, Norwegian Spirit will arrive in New Zealand with 14 brand-new venues.

Norwegian Spirit will return for her second local season from December 2023.

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