Norwegian Cruise Line has officially launched its European cruise season. On April 19, Norwegian Epic docked in Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, its season’s homeport, before embarking on a 10-day cruise throughout Greece and Italy.

“As we return to Europe for this season, our goal remains consistent—curating unmatched and captivating experiences for guests to immerse in Europe’s most iconic and sought-after destinations, while delivering value for them to maximize their journey with us,” says David J. Herrera, president of Norwegian Cruise Line.

This summer, Norwegian will offer 101 itineraries across Europe on nine ships, including 38 roundtrip journeys and 63 open-jaw trips. Its ships will call at 140 various ports around Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, the Greek Isles, and the Atlantic coast. Several voyages also include overnight stops in Istanbul, Turkey; Florence, Italy; and Reykjavik, Iceland.

Norwegian’s summer European cruises will sail from thirteen ports, including New York City, Le Havre, France, and Oslo, Norway.

Norwegian passengers will spend an average of ten hours in port, where they can participate in a selection of shore excursions centered on food, architecture, and local experiences. Guests can also extend their journey by booking a pre- or post-cruise package that includes roundtrip flights, hotel stays, transportation, and excursions. Cruisetours are provided in ten European destinations, including Istanbul, Turkey; Paris, France; Barcelona, Spain; Reykjavik, Iceland; Rome, and Venice, Italy.

With its rich European options, the company hopes to entice passengers who might otherwise book land-based trips.

“We have found that cruising to Europe with NCL offers up to 40 percent more value than a similar land-based vacation, making it not just a memorable experience, but a cost-effective one,” says Herrera. “There is still time for guests to book that last-minute trip to Europe with NCL and enjoy the beauty of waking up in a new destination nearly every day.”

Here’s an overview of Norwegian’s European season:

  • Norwegian Star will offer a series of 12- to 14-day open-jaw sailings between New York City and Reykjavik, Iceland, between July and August.
  • Norwegian Getaway will homeport in Athens, Greece, and provide 7- to 10-day round-trip voyages across the Greek Islands.
  • Norwegian Viva will spend the summer traveling around the Mediterranean, providing a variety of 9-, 10-, and 11-day open-jaw cruises from May to November.
  • Norwegian Escape will provide 8- to 10-day roundtrip sailings in the Western Mediterranean, as well as 7- to 11-day open-jaw sailings with stops in Italy, Greece, and France.


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