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First UK sailings for seven years by Norwegian Cruise Line in summer 2017

Norwegian Cruise Line's ground-breaking summer 2017 deployment for Europe for the first time features five of its ships sailing in European waters including a return to UK sailings after a break of seven year.

In addition the company revealed details on Norwegian Escape’s 2017 summer cruises to the Caribbean.

Marking Norwegian’s return to offering regular cruises from England for the first time since 2010, Norwegian Jade, one of the company’s four Jewel-Class ships, will feature brand new cruises from Southampton.

Norwegian Jade
Norwegian Jade will set-off on 14 round-trip cruises from Southampton during the summer of 2017

From 12 May to 20 June and 7 August to 16 October, UK guests can choose from a series of 14 round-trip cruises from Southampton, 11 of them to Western Europe and three to the Norwegian Fjords, as well as two mini cruises for those looking for a shorter cruise experience, taking in many European highlights.

In addition, the cruise line is bringing Norwegian Getaway, the second newest ship in the fleet, back to Europe for the first time since its delivery in 2014, for a programme of eight- or nine-night Baltic Capitals cruises round-trip from Copenhagen.

Three further ships will sail European waters in 2017, including the recently refurbished Norwegian Epic with a seven-night Western Mediterranean itinerary departing from Barcelona, Civitavecchia (Rome) or Marseille. Norwegian Spirit will offer alternating 11- and 10-night Grand Mediterranean cruises between Barcelona and Venice, while Norwegian Star will spend the summer cruising from Venice to the Greek Isles as well as the Adriatic, Greece & Turkey. The new itineraries go on sale in mid-February 2016.

“We’re clearly demonstrating our commitment to our European customers, especially cruisers in the UK, with these exciting summer itineraries. Not only are we offering the possibility to embark in Southampton but we are also bringing one of our newest and most innovative ships back to Europe”, says Christian Boell, managing director (Europe).. “We’re convinced that this will encourage continued growth in the UK market, where we have just seen record breaking guest numbers in 2015.”

Norwegian Jade will arrive in Europe fresh from a two-and-a-half-week dry dock to begin her regular cruises from Southampton on 12 May with a series of seven-night Western Europe itineraries visiting Hamburg, Amsterdam, Zeebrugge (Brussels/Bruges) and Le Havre (Paris), offered from 12 to 26 May and from 17 August to 21 September.

  • Five ships sailing European waters between April and October 2017
  • Regular cruises from Southampton for the first time since 2010
  • Norwegian Getaway in the Baltic
  • Norwegian Escape summer deployment out of Miami

  • In addition there will be two nine-night cruises to the Norwegian Fjords on 2 and 11 June with stops in Hamburg as well as Ålesund, Hellesylt, Geiranger, Flåm and Bergen along with a 10-night Norwegian Fjords cruise on 7 August which also includes a visit to the Orkney Islands. A longer Western Europe itinerary of nine nights is offered on 28 September and 7 October 20with additional stops in St. Malo and Brest. On 30 July 2017, Norwegian Jade sets sail from Hamburg for an eight-night Norwegian Fjords cruise ending in Southampton.

    Norwegian Getaway will return to Europe and sail one eight- and a series of nine-night Baltic Capitals cruises from Copenhagen from May to October with stops in Warnemünde (Berlin), Tallinn, St Petersburg, Helsinki and Stockholm, including on the nine-night cruises an overnight stay in St Petersburg, giving guests the opportunity to see all the splendour of the imperial capital of Russia in two days and add in a ballet performance or folklore show at night.

    The recently refurbished Norwegian Epic will arrive in Barcelona on 14 April, beginning her Europe season with a nine-night Canary Islands & Morocco cruise before resuming seven-night Western Mediterranean cruises with stops in Naples (Pompeii), Civitavecchia (Rome), Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Cannes and Marseille. In addition to Barcelona, guests can opt to embark in Civitavecchia or Marseille.

    From Barcelona the cruise is offered every Sunday from 23 April to 1 October. From 8 to 29 October Norwegian Epic sets sail for two alternative seven-night cruises between Barcelona and Civitavecchia which can be combined to a 14-night cruise visiting Palma, Mallorca; Sete; Marseille; Cannes; Livorno (Florence/Pisa); Civitavecchia (Rome); Naples (Pompeii); Cagliari; Granada (Málaga); Cartagena and Valencia.

    Norwegian Spirit follows up her 2016/17 European winter cruises with alternating 11- and 10-night summer cruises in the Mediterranean between Venice and Barcelona. The 10-night cruises from Barcelona to Venice visit Monte Carlo, Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Civitavecchia (Rome), Santorini, Kusadasi (Ephesus), Piraeus (Athens) and Split and start on 4 May, whereas calls on the 11-night cruises from Venice to Barcelona which start on 28 May are Dubrovnik, Piraeus (Athens), Kusadasi (Ephesus), Santorini, Civitavecchia (Rome), Livorno (Florence/Pisa) and Marseille. On 14 May Norwegian Spirit visits the Holy Land on a 14-night cruise from/to Venice which includes an overnight stay in Haifa as well as stops in Zadar, Kotor, Heraklion, Limassol, Alanya, Piraeus (Athens) and Split.

    From 16 April to 22 October Norwegian Star will call Venice her home for the summer after her return from her long journey to Australia, and will set sail on alternating seven-night cruises to the Greek Isles and the Adriatic, Greece & Turkey, stopping in Corfu, Santorini, Mykonos and Ravenna (Greek Isles cruise) and Dubrovnik, Piraeus (Athens), Kusadasi (Ephesus) and Katakolon (Olympia) (Adriatic, Greece & Turkey cruise). On 9 July Norwegian Star visits Corfu, Santorini, Kusadasi (Ephesus), Piraeus (Athens) and Split on an eight-night cruise, followed by a six-night cruise on 17 July calling at Dubrovnik, Kotor, Corfu and Ravenna. On 29 October, guests can look forward to a 10-night cruise from Venice to Istanbul including stops in Split, Kotor, Corfu, Messina, Valletta, Santorini and Kusadasi (Ephesus).

    Norwegian Escape, Norwegian’s newest ship launched last October, will spend summer 2017 sailing alternating seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises from Miami, starting on 6 May. The Eastern Caribbean itinerary includes stops in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands and Nassau, Bahamas, while the Western Caribbean cruises visit Roatán, Honduras; Norwegian’s private destination Harvest Caye, Belize; Costa Maya, Mexico and Cozumel, Mexico.

    Posted on 27th January 2016 at 12:34 pm in Cruise News | Cruise Lines | Norwegian Cruise Line |

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