Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is redeploying Norwegian Sun to Australia in 2024-2025, the brand confirmed to travelBulletin, due to the cancellation of Norwegian Spirit’s Down Under season.
The Leo-class ship was set to sail her third Australian season in 24-25, having made her debut in the country in December, but this has been cancelled due to increased demand for NCL’s charter business in Asia.
Spirit’s May 2024-November 2025 sailings in Alaska, Hawaii, and the South Pacific have also been cancelled, with all changes being communicated to guests accordingly.
“Due to increased demand for charter business in Asia, we have cancelled Norwegian Spirit’s Alaska, Hawaii, South Pacific and Australia & New Zealand sailings from May 2024 – November 2025 and redeployed the ship to accommodate this strong demand,” NCL said.
“Spirit will remain in Asia between scheduled charters to offer our guests the opportunity to explore some of the most sought-after destinations in the region.”
“We understand the inconvenience this may cause to affected guests, and we appreciate the understanding of our loyal guests and travel partners as we navigate this fleet redeployment and optimisation.”
Sun is smaller than Spirit, carrying around 100 fewer passengers, but is three years newer.
Both vessels have also been refurbished recently, with Sun renovated in 2021, and Spirit the year after.