Norwegian Cruise Line is to start sailing again from Britain in 2017 for the first time in seven years, it was announced today.
A refitted Norwegian Jade will begin 11 Western Europe and three Norwegian fjords voyages from Southampton in May 2017, as well as two mini cruises. The company last ran a regular service from the UK in 2010.
Jade will be one of a record five Norwegian Cruise Line ships sailing in European waters next summer.
- Getaway, the second newest ship in the fleet, will be calling into Baltic capitals from Copenhagen
- The refurbished Epic will serve the western Med from Barcelona, Civitavecchia (Rome) and Marseille
- Spirit will alternate between Barcelona and Venice for Grand Mediterranean cruises
- Star will be based in Venice for trips to the Greek isles, Adriatic, Greece and Turkey.
Nick Wilkinson, General Manager Northern Europe and Middle East and Africa of Norwegian Cruise Line, said: ‘We are delighted to be returning to the UK for a series of departures on board a fantastic ship.’
Christian Boell, Managing Director Europe, Middle East and Africa, added: ‘We’re convinced that this will encourage continued growth in the UK market, where we have just seen record-breaking guest numbers in 2015.’
The new itineraries, which are subject to change, go on sale in the middle of February 2016.