Norwegian Cruise Line has kicked off its biggest European season yet with eight ships sailing to over 100 destinations from 10 different ports, including two never-before-seen ships, the new Norwegian Prima which debuts in Iceland in August and Norwegian Escape sailing in the Mediterranean for the first time.
NCL’s sailings in the Med and other European ports will attract many Australians who traditionally flock to Europe to embark on cruises to bucket list destinations.
“Europe has always been an bucket list destination for travellers from Australia and it’s back on the agenda in a big way in 2022. It also happens to be a key cruise destination for NCL, as winner of the World Travel Award for ‘Europe’s Leading Cruise Line’ for 14 years running,” said Ben Angell, NCL VP and Managing Director APAC.
“We’re delighted to offer more choice in ships, itineraries and destinations, including welcoming Norwegian Escape, our first Breakaway-Plus ship back in Europe after her inauguration, and Norwegian Prima, our newest and most in demand ship ever.”
In Northern Europe, NCL will offer a selection of sailings ranging from eight to 12 days with departures from Amsterdam, Copenhagen, London and Reykjavik aboard four ships – Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Star and Norwegian Prima.
Prima will also take the title of being the first major cruise ship to be christened in the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik when she debuts in August. Pop icon and American Idol judge, Katy Perry will be the ship’s Godmother when she names the ship at a christening ceremony in Reykjavik.
In the Mediterranean, another three NCL ships, Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Epic and Norwegian Star, will sail from Barcelona, Rome, Venice and Haifa, offering itineraries of five to 12 days, many with no sea days, ensuring passengers have the option to enjoy maximum time to immerse themselves on shore excursions at every destination.
In the Greek Isles, the line’s two ships, Norwegian Jade and Norwegian Gem, will offer roundtrip voyages of seven to nine nights from Athens, Venice and Rome, cruising to breathtaking islands and visiting stunning Santorini, Mykonos and Athens. There will also be excursions to explore the Holy Land, Haifa and Istanbul.