Norwegian Jade’s 2022 cruises from Dubai come after her 2021 cruise from the city to Cape Town in December for her January, 2022 South African cruise season.
Norwegian Jade’s February, 2022 cruise from Dubai to Athens will take her back to the Mediterranean for a summer season of cruises out of Piraeus (Athens).
The December, 2022 cruise from Dubai to Cape Town, meanwhile, will take her back to South African for a series of roundtrip cruises from Cape Town during January, 2023.
The ship is also due to cruise the same itinerary from Dubai to South Africa in late 2021, but that cruise, and her subsequent voyages from Cape Town in January next year, are looking more precarious than her 2023 South African season.
This will mark the second time Norwegian Cruise Line has tried to operate a South African roundtrip cruise season. The cruise line in 2019 announced it would be homeporting in Cape Town for the 2020 season, but those plans were scrapped by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nick Wilkinson, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Vice President and Managing Director for the UK and Ireland, the Middle East and Africa, told Cruise Arabia & Africa the cruise line is sailing from the UAE again in 2022 due to growing local demand.
“[The Middle East market] wants to cruise, and they want the flexibility and freedom that Norwegian Cruise Line offers,” he said. “Cruise demand is growing so much right now, right across the Middle East, there are great projects going on at the moment in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.”
The first cruise aboard Norwegian Jade in 2022 will be an 18-night Dubai to Piraeus (Athens) voyage, departing February 13th, visiting Abu Dhabi and Fujairah in the UAE, Salalah in Oman, Aqaba in Jordan and Safaga in Egypt before crossing the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean.
She’ll then call in Ashdod and Haifa in Israel, before crossing over to Limassol in Cyprus and Rhodes in the Greek Isles.
Norwegian Jade will then return to the Middle East for a December 2nd, 2022 departure from Dubai. This 19-night cruise to Cape Town, South Africa will call in Fujairah and Muscat in the Arabian Gulf, before heading out into the Indian Ocean.
Norwegian Jade will call in Mahe and La Digue in the Seychelles and Nosy Be, Madagascar, as well as Port Louis, Mauritius and Saint-Denis, Reunion before heading for the South African coast.
On her way to Cape Town, Norwegian Jade will call in Richard’s Bay, Port Elizabeth, and Mossel Bay before arriving in the Mother City. From South Africa, the ship will then sail a number of roundtrip Cape Town cruises.