Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) have announced that they will be operating 5 ships in European waters for the first time ever in 2017.
Included within the 5 ships will be Norwegian Jade. She will be based out of Hamburg, Germany but will also offer the chance for British guests to embark on cruises when she calls into Southampton.
After a two and a half week refurbishment in April 2017 in the Bahamas, Norwegian Jade will cross the Atlantic and home port from Hamburg for the summer season.
The refurbishment is part of the ‘Norwegian Edge’ fleet enhancement programme which will see around $400m being spent on refreshing the fleet and making enhancements.
Norwegian Getaway will operate out of Copenhagen, Denmark, on eight and nine night Baltic cruises.
Norwegian Epic will operate 7 night Western Mediterranean cruises where passengers can choose to embark in Barcelona, Marseilles or Civitavecchia.
Norwegian Spirit will undertake alternating 10 and 11 night cruises from Barcelona to Venice whereas Norwegian Star will be cruising the Adriatic, Greek Isles and Turkey from Venice.
Speaking of the deployment of the new ships, Norwegian Cruise Line, Andy Stuart, President and COO of NCL was excited about this milestone move from NCL.
“With these exciting new summer European itineraries, we are offering our guests a wider variety of adventurous itineraries that span the continent, while also bringing one of our newest and most innovative ships to Europe”
This deployment could be seen as a statement of intent by NCL in order to muscle into a cruising market in Europe that is dominated by Royal Caribbean and Carnival Corp cruise brands.