Explore the beauty of Europe with NCL. Credit: NCL

Europe is calling for your next NCL cruise

Author: Daniel Edward

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Norwegian Cruise Line visits more ports in Europe than any other major cruise line, with an astounding selection of port rich itineraries

Showcasing over 150 different ports across Europe, Norwegian Cruise Line® (NCL) leads the way in curating port-rich itineraries of the continent, stretching from the sun-drenched Greek Isles all the way west to the mystical land of Iceland.

With almost 60 years under their belt, NCL is known for breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising. And right now, with a fleet of 20 modern and stylish ships open for sale, there’s never been a better time to head out to sea, NCL style.

From the intimate smaller ships for romantic retreats and memory-making to the attention-grabbing, head-turning megaships complete with multi-storey racetracks and all manner of cool venues – there really is an NCL ship for everyone.

Want to add an additional swish of swank to your special getaway – maybe you’re celebrating a big birthday, or a landmark anniversary – The Haven by Norwegian® offers the perfect exclusive enclave onboard with a dedicated ship-within-a-ship zone just for you.

Take advantage of the average port stay of 10 hours by relaxing in a Greek Taverna. Credit: Shutterstock

Nobody does Europe like NCL

Europe is packed with incredible destinations and landmarks. And of course, there’s no better way to see it all than by ship – pack once and see so much in one trip.

NCL has over 250 port-rich itineraries to choose from in Europe alone and many of these cruises feature a destination every single day to maximise your time out exploring.

The line’s itineraries offer an average port stay of 10 hours. Loads of time for discovering each destination’s highlights, plus bonus time to kick back and relax in a classic French café or Greek taverna before heading back onboard.

And we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to ships too, as both of the line’s newest ships – Norwegian Viva and Norwegian Prima – will be sailing in Europe this year.

These next-generation ships have been exquisitely designed to make the most of those incredible ocean vistas, with a staggering 21 dining options onboard to keep you well-fed throughout, from upscale French cuisine at Le Bistro to high-end Italian at Onda by Scarpetta.

Take advantage of this deal to enjoy speciality dining, premium beverages, and WiFi at no further cost onboard. Credit: Shutterstock

Free at Sea is the ultimate NCL upgrade

Plus, if you opt for NCL’s Free at Sea upgrade package from £249pp (based on a 9-11 day cruise) – an amazing deal – you’ll be treating yourself to extra shore excursion credit for more adventures ashore, in addition to speciality dining, premium beverages, and WiFi at no further cost onboard.

If you’re travelling as a family, a Free at Sea upgrade could even cover your third and fourth guests in the cabin, for no cruise fare beyond the taxes on select sailings.

Venture east into Turkey with Norwegian Cruise Line. Credit: Shutterstock

Our top picks

  • Sail from Trieste (for Venice) in Northern Italy on an 11-day Mediterranean cruise to Barcelona, including ports in Italy, France and Greece. Ideal for sunseekers and culture vultures alike, Norwegian Escape will be running this eye-catching cruise twice this summer.
  • Norwegian Epic lives up to her name departing from Civitavecchia (for Rome) with a classic 10-day Greek Isles and Italy voyage, which brings together the major ancient highlights of Athens and additional stops in gems of both the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas, such as Santorini and Florence.
  • Norwegian Getaway sails from Athens (Piraeus) for a 9-day jaunt around the Greek Isles this June and September. Taking in the delights of the Greek Isles, this sailing also ventures east into Turkey, with an overnight stay in Istanbul promising to be a highlight of the cruise – get ready for a shopping trip like none other at Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar.
Iceland is great for stunning natural scenery. Credit: Shutterstock
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