Norwegian Cruise Line Kicks Off 2024 European Season

Norwegian Cruise Line's 2024 European cruising season has officially begun as Norwegian Epic set sail on a 10-night voyage.

NCL Celebrates Norwegian Escape's Return to Europe

Norwegian Cruise Line kicked off its 2024 Europe season on April 19th, as Norwegian Epic arrived to Civitavecchia, Italy before embarking on a 10-day Greek Isles and Italy voyage.

This summer, guests will have 101 itineraries to choose from in Europe, with 38 roundtrips and 63 open-jaw sailings calling in 140 different ports. Select itineraries include overnight calls in ports including Istanbul, Livorno, and Reykjavik.

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European cruises sail from 13 homeports this year, with New York City, Le Havre (Paris), and Oslo being three new homeport options for Norwegian Cruise Line guests. The line will have nine ships in the region, including its newest vessels Norwegian Prima and Norwegian Viva.

“As we return to Europe for this season, our goal remains consistent—curating unmatched and captivating experiences for guests to immerse in Europe’s most iconic and sought-after destinations, while delivering value for them to maximize their journey with us,” said David J. Herrera, president of Norwegian Cruise Line.

“In fact, we have found that cruising to Europe with NCL offers up to 40% more value than a similar land-based vacation, making it not just a memorable experience, but a cost-effective one. There is still time for guests to book that last-minute trip to Europe with NCL and enjoy the beauty of waking up in a new destination nearly every day.”

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European Itinerary Highlights

Norwegian Star Sails a Series of Cruises to Iceland, Greenland, and Canada

Norwegian Star, the only ship in the NCL fleet equipped for polar navigation, will be the first in the fleet to offer a new summer series of 12 to 14-day open-jaw sailings between New York City and Reykjavik, Iceland. These sailings will depart in July and August.

Norwegian Getaway Explores the Greek Isles

Norwegian Getaway will homeport in Piraeus (Athens), Greece on June 25th, embarking on seven to 10-day Greek Isles roundtrip itineraries. Each day, the ship will arrive at a new port including destinations like Istanbul, Iraklion, Santorini, and Mykonos, Greece as well as hidden gem Izmir (Ephesus), Turkey. Select departures include overnight stays in Istanbul.

Norwegian Viva in the Mediterranean

Between May and November 2024, Norwegian Viva will offer nine to 11-day open-jaw voyages in the Mediterranean. These unique itineraries will feature a different embarkation and disembarkation port in destinations such as Athens, Lisbon, Venice, and Rome.

Almost No Sea Days on Norwegian Escape

Norwegian Escape will be NCL’s largest vessel in Europe this season, offering eight to 10-day roundtrip sailings from Barcelona, Civitavecchia, and Trieste. Escape will also offer seven to 11-day open-jaw sailings with stints in Italy, Greece, and France with only one day at sea.

NCL Celebrates Norwegian Escape's Return to Europe

Those interested in a European cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line can currently book one through December 2025.


Are you taking a cruise in Europe this year? If so, what cruise line are you sailing and region will you be visiting? Drop us an anchor below, we’d love to know!

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Sarah has been writing about the cruise industry since 2015, and in that time has taken a dozen cruises and counting. Her favorite onboard activities include trying the casual dining options, spending time in the spa’s thermal suite, and attending the love & marriage show. You can keep up with her on Instagram at @IAmSarahJaneB.
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