Norwegian Cruise Line’s first Australia-based ship comes to Sydney

Andrew Munro 13 November 2017

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The Jewel's hard to miss.

Norwegian Cruise Line has brought a new gem to its home in Sydney, with the Norwegian Jewel arriving in port on Sunday. The distinctively lively paintwork, a Norwegian affectation, means it will always stand out in the harbour.

The cruise ship has also been purpose-designed to appeal to the relaxed Australian attitude, with no pre-assigned seating or set dining times4, and a whole world of onboard activities.

Its itinerary will be taking it around Australia and New Zealand and beyond this season, and there are probably still a few spots left if you feel like making a booking. The Australian season will have it embark on a total of nine sailings, including a Tasmanian sampler trip, Kangaroo Island expedition and a range of Australia-New Zealand voyages.

The Jewel is specifically designed for fine dining and active trips, with a grand total of 15 bars and lounges found on board as well as a sports complex to help you work off the calories later.

It can host a total of 2,376 guests, helped by 1,069 crew members, but it's big enough that there's plenty of space for all of them. The Jewel is over 93,500 imperial tonnes, stretches almost 300 metres and stands around 40 metres above sea level, so even without the distinctive paintwork it would still be hard to miss.

The ship was last refurbished in 2014, so it's still going to be fairly fresh and new for its escapades around Australia and New Zealand.

But it's still not the newest or grandest ship in the Norwegian fleet. That honour will soon go to the downright spectacular Norwegian Bliss, which will be taking to the seas in 2018.

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