Norwegian Cruise Line Expands Immersive Offerings Ashore  

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– Six new shore excursion categories designed to showcase the local people, culture and cuisine of the most sought-after destinations –  


JOHANNESBURG, 25 July 2023: Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), the innovator in global cruise travel, has unveiled six new immersive shore excursion categories to help guests uncover more of each destination they visit, including Europe, Asia, South America, Australia, Africa and the Middle East.   

“We are committed to delivering unparalleled experiences across our fleet and the over 400 destinations we visit,” said David Herrera, NCL President. “Travellers are looking for more immersive vacations, from longer itineraries to more authentic experiences, which is why together with our destination partners we’ve created a collection of new on-shore offerings designed to create unforgettable moments for our guests.”   

The new categories include:  

Beyond Blueprints: A bespoke selection of 15 tours that uncover the design secrets and stories of some of Europe’s most iconic architectural landmarks, including those in Barcelona, Lisbon, Belfast, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Oslo and Helsinki. Examples include:   

Gourmet Tours: Designed for the foodie-driven traveller, this suite of experiences takes guests behind the scenes to uncover the secrets behind local cuisine of some of Europe’s most iconic culinary destinations.  Guests will taste their way from port-to-port with cooking classes led by a local artisan, authentic dining experiences at a family-owned homestead and more. Examples of shore excursions that offer a true taste of travel include:  


Go Local: Guests will uncover the everyday rhythms and customs of life in destinations as diverse as Europe, Asia, South America and South Africa. These tours are designed to offer authentic cultural experiences that connect guests to locals in a meaningful and memorable way, while showcasing how the locals live, work, eat and play:


Let’s Take a Selfie: Already proving very popular, these excursions deliver the ultimate destination photos in worldwide locations. A knowledgeable guide will share the perfect angles and most picturesque spots to capture unforgettable moments:   

Small Group Tours: With no more than 16 guests per group, these tours provide a more intimate experience of some of the most popular NCL excursions available in idyllic destinations like Italy, Greece and Spain. Small Group Tours are available to book by calling NCL. Examples include:   

  • Captivating Malaga in Spain
  • Highlights of Cagliari in Sardinia, Italy
  • Best of Corfu, Greek Isles

Design Your Day: These bespoke experiences are curated for the individual traveller, from private wine tastings to a five-course dining experience at a Michelin-starred restaurant.  If guests can dream it, NCL’s shore excursion team can plan it.  Design Your Day experiences are available to book by calling NCL.

To learn more about NCL’s shore excursions, visit      

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