Cruise company NCL are changing tack and bringing their most impressive ship, the Norwegian Epic, to the Mediterranean next summer.
The ship will enter its first full year of service this summer with cruises around the Caribbean, but NCL have decided to shift their focus to Europe for next season to expand on the range of destinations NCL offer in their portfolio.
“By bringing the ship to Europe during her second season, we are combining the excitement of Norwegian Epic with a very popular European itinerary,” explained NCL’s chief executive Kevin Sheehan to TravelMole.com.
The 153,000 tonne vessel will be docked in Barcelona for the summer holiday season of 2011. From the Catalan city, Norwegian Epic will take cruisers on a seven day tour of the Mediterranean calling at several Italian and Spanish ports.
Couples will able to take a romantic trip to Florence during the cruise or visit the famous landmarks of Pisa, including the Leaning Tower from the port of Livorno. A stop at Civitavecchia will put passengers within striking distance of Rome for a great cultural day out, and Naples in the lee of Mount Vesuvius is another fascinating prospect.
The Mediterranean cruise will also call into Palma Majorca in the Balearics where customers can soak up the sun on the amazing beaches on offer, before returning to Barcelona.
“With her world-class entertainment, wide range of accommodation, incredible amenities and plethora of dining options, Norwegian Epic will offer the best cruise experience for a wide range of travellers looking to enjoy Europe in a whole new way,” Mr Sheehan concluded.