Norwegian Cruise Line Plans Major Expansion in the Asia Pacific

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The Seven Seas Voyager Sails into Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour as part of a voyage through Asia. The 42,363 tonne vessel carries 700 passengers and has a crew of 447. Members of the press are invited aboard for a briefing.

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Norwegian Cruise Line’s Seven Seas Voyager. Photo Credit: Remy Jouan.

 

The 42,363 tonne Seven Seas Voyager is one of 22 sea-faring vessels in the Norwegian Cruise Line’s fleet. It carries 700 passengers and has a crew of 447.

The Seven Seas Voyager sailed overnight from Taiwan to Hong Kong, docking at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal at 8 am on Wednesday 16 March 2016.

While in port, passengers had a variety of shore excursions to choose from. Ranging from 3 to 5 and one-half hours, most of the excursions – which ranged from tai chi, dim sum, and tea to Hong Kong by Night – were free.

Passengers opting for a 7-hour trip to the Lantau Island Monastery or a 10.30 hour trip to Macau, however, had to pay extra.

Hong Kong is one of several stops on an 18-day cruise through North Asia, which began in Tokyo, Japan, on 7 March and will conclude in Tianjin, China, on 25 March.

Tour of Cruise Liner and Briefing

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Members of the media tour the boat. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

Members of the media were invited aboard the ship for a tour and a briefing on the Norwegian Cruise Line’s plans for expansion across the Asia Pacific.

The cruise line has opened an office in Hong Kong and appointed a local team to promote its three brands: Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

The Norwegian Star will make Hong Kong a seasonal homeport. It will make its first voyage to Hong Kong in December 2016, with four sailings scheduled through January 2017.

Other offices in the Asia Pacific will include Mumbai and New Delhi in India, Singapore, and Tokyo, Japan. The regional headquarters will be located in Sydney, Australia.

The Norwegian Cruise Line’s three brands will make 45 voyage across Asia from March 2016 through April 2017.

Ports of call will include Colombo, Sri Lanka; Hong Kong; Indeon, South Korea; Jeju, South Korea; Kyoto (Kobe), Japan; Mumbai, India; Nagasaki, Japan; New Delhi, India; Okinawa (Naha), Japan; Shanghai, China; Singapore; Tianjin (Beijing), China; Tokyo, Japan; Xiamen, China; and Yangon, Myanmar.

The company currently has 22 ships and visits 510 travel destinations. Five new ships will be launched over the next three years.

Included will be one ship that will be built especially for the China market, the Norwegian Joy.

Mouthwatering Lunch

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Lunch aboard the Seven Seas Voyager. Pictured below: rack of veal. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

After our briefing, we were escorted to one of the Seven Seas Voyagers many food and beverage outlets for lunch.

There was a starter, a main course, and a dessert.

Now I understand why some people would rather travel by sea than by air. The meal bore no resemblance to the fare served on airlines.

Given the choice between codfish and rack of veal for my main course, I opted for the rack of veal, and it was mouthwateringly delicious.

One of the hallmarks of Regent Seven Seas Cruises is that most food and beverage and shore excursions – as well as gratuities – are included in the price of the ticket.

 

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