Norwegian Cruise Line marks the successful return of Norwegian Escape, the first ship in the brand’s successful Breakaway-Plus class, to Europe in 2015 when it completed its maiden voyage to the Eastern Mediterranean.
Norwegian Escape is NCL’s largest ship in Europe and the first Breakaway-Plus class ship to sail in European waters for a full season. She has her own home in Civitavecchia, Rome, and offers trips ranging from seven to 11 nights. Each voyage offers unforgettable multi-country itineraries, including the August 13 sailing that will give guests the opportunity to explore ports in four sun-kissed Mediterranean countries, Italy, Greece, Malta, and France.
The ship’s itineraries include calls at the region’s most sought-after ports, including Santorini, Mykonos, Naples, and Livorno, and hidden gems like Valletta and Messina. She docks at five to eight ports until 1 p.m. and no more than two days at sea, guests can spend their days exploring ancient ruins and medieval architecture, admiring artistic masterpieces, or simply enjoying the varied local cuisine.
Norwegian Escape will also debut NCL’s popular Meet the Winemaker series in Europe as she sails to the Greek Isles and Italy. The July 17 sailing will feature certified Angus beef and renowned winemaker Antonio Hidalgo, from the Spanish family-owned sherry house Bodegas Hidalgo La Gitana. The October 17 edition will be hosted by the world-acclaimed Sandro Bottega of Bottega S.p.A.
Including Norwegian Escape, a total of eight NCL ships will sail in European waters this summer.
NCL’s fleet will call at more European ports than any other modern cruise line, offering guests more choice than ever.
“Europe has always been a top destination for travelers from around the world and is a key cruise destination for NCL,” said Harry Sommer, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “We strive to offer our new and loyal guests a wide range of destinations and itineraries.” We are excited that this year’s European season is the largest yet with eight ships and over 100 ports. Our Guest First philosophy compels us to put our guests at the center of every decision and development we make, which is why we continue to innovate our product offering, as we have for the last 55 years.”