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NYK Cruises Co. Ltd. (head office: Yokohama; president: Hiroshi Hattori) has announced the schedule for the WORLD CRUISE 2018 aboard Asuka II. This will be the 22nd world cruise* to have been offered by Asuka II or its predecessor Asuka since 1996.

The 2018 voyage will be a 102-day cruise departing from Yokohama, Japan, on March 25, 2018, crossing the northern hemisphere, and making stops in or sailing through Asia, the Suez Canal, the Mediterranean, Europe, the Atlantic, North America, the Panama Canal, and the Pacific. The cruise will include a private tour of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and guests will also have the option of a private tour of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. In Lisbon, Portugal, a tour option will include a private dinner at the Hieronymites Monastery. **

Eight ports will be first-time stops for Asuka II: Civitavecchia, Italy; Valencia, Spain; Gibraltar, British Overseas Territory; Bilbao, Spain; Hamburg, Germany; Halifax, Canada; Saint John, Canada; and Baltimore, U.S.

Last year, NYK marked the 25th year of service by the Asuka cruise brand. The NYK Group will continue its efforts to provide high quality cruise products that meet the passions of its customers.

* The 22 world cruises include two cruises to South America and the Antarctic.

** The cruise fare does not include the shore excursions to the Sistine Chapel and Hieronymites Monastery. The number of guests for those events will be limited.

Asuka II

Gross Tonnage: 50,142 GT

Sea speed: 21 KT

Passengers: 872

Crew: 470

Cabins: 436 (All oceanview cabins)


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For a fourth consecutive year, NYK has been selected “Best Green Shipping Line” by HAROPA, a joint venture comprising the French ports of Le Havre, Rouen, and Paris.

Every year since 2012, HAROPA has evaluated vessels calling its three ports and recognized shipping companies attaining high scores on the Environmental Ship Index (ESI). * NYK was one of 12 shipping lines recognized for 2015.

NYK will continue its efforts to contribute to the realization of a global environment and sustainable society, aiming to be a leading company in the safety and environmental field.


* Environmental Ship Index (ESI)

An index administered by the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) to measure a ship’s emissions based on the amount of nitrogen oxide (NOX), sulphur oxide (SOX), particulate matter (PM), and greenhouse gas released.



The NYK Group has conducted its Sail On Safety* winter safety campaign, which ran for two months from December 1, 2016. Under the theme "Brush Up on Safety Awareness," 381 NYK Group executives and employees visited 237 vessels to exchange opinions and strengthen safety awareness between onboard crew and offshore staff.

Executives and employees who visited vessels engaged in face-to-face dialogue to heighten awareness that the fundamental element for the safety of vessels is the physical and mental health of the crew members. Ideas were also exchanged, such as safety measures on each kind of vessels, to reconfirm the importance of smooth communication and mutual understanding.

The NYK Group will continue to strengthen its safety activities through collaboration between onboard crew and offshore staff to ensure that “safety,” which is the group’s most important mission, is maintained.


*Sail On Safety

This safety campaign has been conducted annually each winter since 2004 by the entire NYK Group to prevent accidents that can be more frequent in turbulent seas during the winter season. To heighten the awareness of safety operations, NYK arranges for executives, operators, technical experts, and employees in sales, among others, to visit ships during the campaign.