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Over 132 Distinctive Itineraries to Choose from in 2023

Four New Homeports and 32 Destinations

Cruises Start at *R9,400 per Person

JOHANNESBURG (22 May, 2023)Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), the innovator in global cruise travel with a 56-year history of breaking boundaries, enhances its Europe deployment with longer, more diverse, and unique itineraries for the 2023 season.

A total of ten NCL ships1 will be sailing in European waters through December 2023, including Norwegian Prima and Norwegian Viva, the first two vessels of the Company’s ground-breaking Prima Class, offering 132 distinctive itineraries with 46 roundtrips and 86 open-jaw sailings. Cruises will be departing from 15 homeports, including brand-firsts such as Bilbao (Spain), Tromsø (Norway), Marseille (France) and Ravenna (Italy), and sailing to 150 ports of call throughout Northern Europe, the Mediterranean and the Greek Isles – offering more European destinations than any other contemporary cruise line.

To amplify guests’ vacation experience even further, NCL is shifting towards longer cruises, as 87% of its European voyages are set to have a duration of nine or more days, compared to 63% in 2019. With an average of 10.5 hours in port, guests can either explore a destination at their leisure or opt for NCL’s wide range of shore excursions, which include six new categories such as Beyond Blueprints, Gourmet Tours and Go Local allowing guests to uncover more of each destination they visit.

“Europe is a destination that has captured the hearts and imaginations of travellers for generations. This season, we’re thrilled to be offering even more opportunities to explore this fascinating continent”, says Kevin Bubolz, Vice President & Managing Director Continental Europe, Middle East, Israel & Africa. “Following the ease of travel restrictions and the reopening of the Asia-Pacific region, we’ve seen the demand for our European voyages return in full swing. With guests from over 142 countries already booked, it’s clear that people are eager to get out and see the world.”

A recent study2 revealed that holidays are up to 70% more expensive this year, with package holidays to Spain, Turkey, Italy and Greece increasing the most. With NCL’s commitment to providing an unparalleled vacation experience at sea, guests can rest assured that they will receive excellent value-for-money. Prices for a Europe cruise start at *R9,400 for an inside cabin and include accommodation, meals in the main dining rooms, snack and buffet restaurants, Broadway- and West End-style entertainment, numerous onboard activities as well as taxes and fees. Guests wishing to further individualise their cruise vacation can opt for NCL’s popular Free at Sea upgrade for R2,885 a week and receive five additional packages, including Open Bar, Speciality Dining, and WiFi, worth up to R65,775.

Europe season highlights include:

  • Norwegian Prima’s 10-day Northern Europe cruise from Reykjavik to London (Southampton) sets the stage for a perfect vacation experience. It offers all the amenities of NCL’s newest ship, plus wild geysers, and picturesque fjords along the coastlines of Iceland and Norway as well as the lively vibes of Amsterdam.
  • A 9-day Mediterranean roundtrip to Italy, France & Spain sailing from Barcelona will take guests to popular Mediterranean destinations such as Cannes, Rome and Ibiza. An extended overnight stay in Florence/Pisa (Livorno) allows them to explore multiple historic sites in the lush landscape of Tuscany.
  • On Norwegian Breakaway’s 10-day cruise to the Greek Isles & Italy guests will savour three sun-spoiled countries in just one trip – Greece, Italy & Malta – and experience everything from ancient ruins and captivating history to la Dolce Vita.

For more information about the Company’s award-winning 18-ship fleet and worldwide itineraries, or to book a cruise, please contact a travel professional or visit  


1 Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Prima, Norwegian Star, Norwegian Sun and Norwegian Viva will sail in European waters this year.

2 The British consumer research company Which? has gathered and compared 2022 and 2023 data from various comparison sites and travel agencies

*Price quoted correct at time of print


As the innovator in global cruise travel, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has been breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising for 56 years. Most notably, the cruise line revolutionised the industry by offering guests the freedom and flexibility to design their ideal vacation on their preferred schedule with no assigned dining and entertainment times and no formal dress codes. Today, its fleet of 18 contemporary ships sail to nearly 400 of the world’s most desirable destinations, including Great Stirrup Cay, the company’s private island in the Bahamas and its resort destination Harvest Caye in Belize. NCL not only provides superior guest service from land to sea, but also offers a wide variety of award-winning entertainment and dining options as well as a range of accommodations across the fleet, including solo-traveller staterooms, club balcony suites, spa-suites and The Haven by Norwegian®, the company’s ship-within-a-ship concept. For additional information or to book a cruise, contact a travel professional or visit For the latest news and exclusive content, visit the NCL Newsroom and follow NCL on Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok and YouTube @NorwegianCruiseLine; and Twitter @CruiseNorwegian.

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