Starting Nov. 24, 2022, Norwegian Jewel will seasonally homeport in Panama City. The ship will be the first NCL vessel to sail from Fuerte Amador Cruise Terminal in Panama City.
The fully renovated Norwegian Jewel is the 13th vessel in Norwegian cruise Line‘s 17-ship fleet to return to service. Norwegian Jewel’s comeback voyage is 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.
“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.”
From May through September the ship will offer immersive itineraries to Alaska before homeporting in Panama beginning Nov. 24, 2022. The November voyages will mark the cruiseline’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.
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.