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Europe cruises with Norwegian Cruise Line are a diverse and marvelous experience for just about any traveler. Whether you choose to enrich yourself with the history and grandeur of Northern Europe , or revel in the cultural and culinary delights of the Mediterranean and Greek Isles, you’ll find yourself planning your next cruise as you’re disembarking your first. Discover gems of the Mediterranean in the French Riviera, living the high life and treating yourself to the finer things. Or, learn about the royal history and see unique treasures in the castles and churches of the Baltics. Norwegian Cruise Line Europe cruises are the best way to see the region.
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Norwegian Cruise Line’s Europe cruises offer you the chance to make the history you learned in school come to life. Explore castles, cathedrals and take in the beauty of spots like the Greek Isles and Troll Wall in Norway. Featured below are some of the most recommended things to do when cruising to Europe with Norwegian Cruise Line:
- Land of the Trolls (Alesund, Norway) Your excursion will contrast greatly as you’ll see gardens and suburbs, but then also mountains, valleys and more. You’ll visit the Troll Wall at Trollveggen, the highest perpendicular rock face in Europe, and maybe catch someone trying to climb this incredible wall. You will even stop at the Orskog Mountain Plateau, which is a popular skiing area in the region.
- Palau de la Musica & Heart of Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain) Visit the Palau de la Musica, the only Art Noveau concert hall listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After your visit you’ll walk through the Gothic Quarter and see the Town Hall before a final walk to La Rambla, a street with lots of shops and restaurants.
- Clyde Coast, Culzean Castle & Ayr (Glasgow, Scotland) Romance, passion and some magnificent Scottish castles await you on this excursion. The architecture is stunning, the history is grand and the stories you’ll hear along the way will leave you wishing you could’ve ruled Ayrshire yourself!
- Mykonos Beach Transfer (Mykonos, Greece) Take advantage of Mykonos’ most famous attraction, its coastline, with a day at the beach. Kalafatis Beach has clear water, soft sand and the gentle waves of the Aegean Sea.
- Imperial St. Petersburg (St. Petersburg, Russia) Fountains, palaces, parks and more. Take a comprehensive trip through St. Petersburg, focusing on its rich history and the royalty who resided there. The views will be stupendous, and the attractions you’ll visit will be quite memorable.
- Aix-en-Provence (Provence, France) Take a walking tour of this charming town starting with Cours Mirabeau, a picturesque street shaded by trees. It has now become a hot spot with hotels, shops and restaurants. On the tour you’ll see the Aix Sauveur Cathedral with art dating back to the 5th century.
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- Norwegian Epic 16 Night Europe - Other (CIV/PCV) Departing From Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy (Dec 2023)
- Norwegian Epic 12 Night Europe - Other (PCV/CIV) Departing From Port Canaveral, Florida (Apr 2024)
- Norwegian Epic 10 Night Greek Isles & Italy (CIV/CIV) Departing From Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy (Apr 2024 - Oct 2025)
- Norwegian Escape 11 Night Europe - Western Mediterranean - Rome (CIV/BCN) Departing From Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy (Apr 2024)
- Norwegian Escape 11 NIGHT Europe CRUISE Departing From Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy (Apr 2024)
- Norwegian Viva 10 Night Eastern Mediterranean (LIS/CIV) Departing From Lisbon, Portugal (Apr 2024 - Sep 2024)
- Norwegian Dawn 10 Night Europe - Western Mediterranean - Rome (CIV/BCN) Departing From Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy (Apr 2024)
- Norwegian Dawn 10 NIGHT Europe CRUISE Departing From Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy (Apr 2024)
- Norwegian Star 11 Night Europe - Other (LIS/PM3) Departing From Lisbon, Portugal (Apr 2024)
- Norwegian Escape 11 Night Europe - Western Mediterranean - Barcelona (BCN/VCE) Departing From Barcelona, Spain (May 2024 - Sep 2024)
Norwegian Cruise Line Europe Departure Ports
Learn more about each of the possible departure ports for a Europe cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line. Your Norwegian Cruise Line Europe cruise could begin in any of the following cities:
Discover imaginative architecture, impressive Spanish dishes and beautiful excursions into nature when you cruise to Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia.
A cruise to Civitavecchia is a chance for you to hop a quick train to Rome and explore the enormous history through ruins, galleries and The Vatican museums.
Copenhagen is a delightful city with some of the world’s most interesting places, like the longest pedestrian street and one of the oldest amusement parks in the world.
Istanbul is a unique city that blends its two distinct influences – from its founding as the Christian capital of Constantinople to the Ottoman ruled Istanbul. Today you can discover both eras and the modern beauty in this thriving city.
Le Havre (Paris), France
In Northern France, explore Le Havre, a city with modern architecture and one of the most inspiring collections of Impressionist artwork.
Lisbon has deep cultural roots that are exposed through ruins and museum artifacts. Cruise to Lisbon and discover the culture and history of Portugal in its capital city.
In Miami, you’ll enjoy a small taste of the tropical weather many of you will experience during your cruise, and you’ll see why Miami is one of the most popular places to live in America.
Take in the incredible art scene of New York City, expand your cultural horizons in the city’s diverse neighborhoods and marvel at the architectural wonders.
Enjoy the great outdoors in Oslo, the beautiful and spacious capital of Norway, where the city includes lakes, forests and lots of history.
Learn about the Greek gods and the early philosophy of Socrates when you visit the incredible ruins left in Athens, Greece. At night, go out and take in the culture with the modern Athenians.
The seafood is fresh, the sun is shining and there’s a whole lot to do, so get out there and explore the city before, during and after your cruise from Port Canaveral, Florida.
Reykjavik was just a small village until seeing a major expansion after World War II, but this popular cruise destination still offers a small town feel different than any other European capital.
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, one of the most visited cities in the southern hemisphere, has numerous activities for every desire. Cruise to Rio for the Carnival celebrations, natural environment, beautiful beaches and famous landmarks.
The cruise port of Southampton features tons of diverse attractions that provide insight into England’s culture and storied past, including fortresses, gardens and national parks.
Sit back and enjoy the sea breezes in Trieste, an Italian city that despite being close to Venice is more akin to Vienna, the capital of the Hapsburg Empire.
Bundle up to experience the culture and beauty of Tromso, one of the largest cities within the Arctic Circle.
Photo Gallery for Norwegian Cruise Line Europe Cruises
Flip through our photo gallery of Europe cruising photos from Norwegian Cruise Line. Best of all, this is merely a sample of the sights waiting for you on a Norwegian Cruise Line Europe cruise vacation.
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Catherine Palace, St. Petersburg
Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, Spain
Troll Wall in Trollveggen, Norway
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The 5 best destinations you can visit on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship
Thinking of booking a cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line ? You have a lot of choices. The Miami-based line operates vessels in almost every corner of the world, with a wide range of itineraries in many destinations.
You'll find Norwegian ships everywhere from the Caribbean and the Bahamas to Europe, Asia and Australia. The line is also a big player in Hawaii.
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In addition, Norwegian is particularly known for cruises to Bermuda out of Boston and New York City, and it offers Canada and New England cruises regularly. It also operates some Panama Canal sailings and trips from the West Coast of the U.S. to the Mexican Riviera.
In North America, Norwegian ships sail from a relatively wide range of home ports, including Baltimore; Boston; New York City; Miami and Tampa; San Juan, Puerto Rico; New Orleans; San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco; Seattle; Honolulu; Vancouver, British Columbia; Quebec City and Quebec in Canada; and Seward, Alaska.
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Some of Norwegian's most exciting itineraries are in Europe, where the line is a significant player. It offers a wide range of itineraries in the Mediterranean and across northern Europe.
Norwegian will typically deploy around half of its 19 ships to the continent from spring to fall, making Europe its biggest focus for more than half the year. Norwegian also sometimes offers Europe cruises in the winter — albeit typically with just one ship.
Norwegian's Mediterranean sailings provide the chance to see such iconic destinations as Barcelona in Spain; and Florence, Rome and Naples in Italy in a single cruise. Or, you can sign up for a Mediterranean cruise that focuses on the Greek Islands.
In northern Europe, Norwegian will take you to such famed Baltic cities as Stockholm; Tallinn, Estonia; and Helsinki in a single sailing.
In past years, such Baltic trips have also included a multiday call at St. Petersburg, Russia — traditionally the highlight of any Baltic sailings. However, like all major cruise lines, Norwegian pulled St. Petersburg from Baltic itineraries for 2022 and 2023 in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
As of the publishing of this guide, Norwegian had opened bookings for all of its Baltic sailing through late 2025, and St. Petersburg remains off the schedule for all of them. The line hasn't said when it might return to St. Petersburg.
For those looking to explore northern Europe, Norwegian also offers itineraries that zero in on Iceland, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
Norwegian's Europe voyages range widely in length from just three nights to a whopping 19 nights.
Among the longest sailings that Norwegian offers that include calls in Europe are one-way trips between Piraeus, Greece (the port for Athens), and Dubai. Typically lasting 18 or 19 nights, these will often include stops in Israel and sometimes Greece, as well as visits to Egypt, Jordan, Oman and the United Arab Emirates.
In Northern Europe, Norwegian ships mostly sail out of Amsterdam, Stockholm, Copenhagen, England's Southampton and Reykjavík in Iceland.
In the Mediterranean, the line's hubs are Barcelona, Civitavecchia (the port for Rome) and Venice in Italy, Piraeus (the port for Athens) in Greece, and Istanbul.
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The Caribbean and the Bahamas
The Caribbean and the Bahamas have always been a big area of operations for Norwegian. In fact, for a long time, the regions were so much the focus that the line included "Caribbean" in its name. Up until 1987, Norwegian was known as Norwegian Caribbean Line.
These days, Norwegian usually keeps just two of its 19 vessels in the Caribbean and the Bahamas year-round (in recent years, the year-round ships have been Norwegian Sky and Norwegian Escape, both sailing to the Caribbean and the Bahamas from Florida ports). However, it really ramps things up in the region in the winter, when it deploys a large portion of its ships to the Caribbean and the Bahamas.
Norwegian currently has 15 of its 19 ships scheduled to sail to the Caribbean and the Bahamas for at least part of 2024 — including its newest and most advanced ship, the 3,219-passenger Norwegian Viva.
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Norwegian offers a broad range of Caribbean and Bahamas itineraries from more than half a dozen home ports. If you're looking for something short, the line has you covered in the form of lots of quick, three- and four-night trips from Miami to the Bahamas.
It also offers an abundance of seven-night sailings to Caribbean and Bahamian ports, as well as a handful of longer trips in the region that range from nine to 14 nights.
At the core of the line's Caribbean and Bahamas program are its seven-night sailings, which break down into three broad categories:
- Eastern Caribbean voyages
- Western Caribbean voyages
- Southern Caribbean voyages
A typical seven-night Norwegian sailing to the Eastern Caribbean includes stops in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; and Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian's private island in the Bahamas.
Norwegian's seven Western Caribbean voyages will typically include a visit to Roatan, Honduras; Harvest Caye, Belize; and Costa Maya and Cozumel in Mexico.
The line's Southern Caribbean itineraries will often bring visits to Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, St. Lucia and St. Kitts. They typically begin and end in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
When sailing to the Caribbean, Norwegian ships generally sail out of Miami, Port Canaveral and Tampa in Florida; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. The line also offers Caribbean sailings out of Baltimore, New Orleans, New York City and, occasionally, Panama City, Panama.
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Norwegian is the undisputed leader in Hawaii cruises. Most cruise lines that offer sailings to Hawaii only offer a limited number of such trips during a few months each year. Norwegian, by contrast, offers sailings around the Hawaiian Islands out of Honolulu every week of the year — the only cruise line in the world to do so.
Norwegian's Hawaii voyages are also more intensely focused on Hawaii than the Hawaii trips offered by most other lines. This is because Norwegian offers its Hawaii cruises on one of the only cruise ships in the world that meets the regulatory requirements allowing it to spend all its time in the destination.
Norwegian's Hawaii trips take place on Norwegian's 2,186-passenger Pride of America, which has the rare distinction of being both U.S.-flagged and U.S.-crewed. By law, only such a vessel can cruise full-time in Hawaii without regularly traveling long distances to foreign ports.
An iconic presence in Hawaii, Pride of America has been permanently dedicated to the archipelago since its debut in 2005. It offers a repeating seven-night itinerary that begins each Saturday in Honolulu and brings the chance to visit four different Hawaiian islands on a single seven-night trip.
Beginning and ending on the island of Oahu, the itinerary includes two days each on the islands of Maui, Kauai and Hawaii. The two-day visit to Maui involves an overnight stay at the port of Kahului.
The two-day visit to Kauai involves an overnight stay at the port of Nawiliwili. The two-day visit to Hawaii is split between a call at Hilo and a call at Kona.
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Norwegian isn't the biggest player in Alaska cruises. The giants of cruising to Alaska are Princess Cruises and Holland America , which are sister lines that control a large percentage of the market.
Still, Norwegian typically sends three to five vessels to Alaska every summer, and its big, activity-filled ships are a popular pick with families looking to visit the destination.
The Alaska cruise season is a short one, lasting roughly from May to early October.
For 2024, Norwegian plans to deploy four ships to the Alaska market for the full season:
- Norwegian Encore : Norwegian's biggest vessel will operate seven-night voyages to Alaska round trip out of Seattle. It will call at the Alaska towns of Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, plus Victoria, British Columbia. It will also visit Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park for glacier viewing.
- Norwegian Sun: This ship will operate a mix of nine- to 11-night sailings to Alaska out of Seattle. The list of port calls varies based on the length of the trips.
- Norwegian Bliss : The 4,002-passenger vessel will operate seven-night voyages to Alaska round trip out of Seattle. On most sailings, it will call at Sitka, Juneau, Ketchikan and Icy Strait Point in Alaska, plus Victoria, British Columbia. It will also visit Alaska's Endicott Arm for glacier viewing. Some sailings at the start and end of the season substitute a visit to Skagway and Glacier Bay National Park for the stops in Sitka and Icy Strait Point, and drop the visit to Endicott Arm.
- Norwegian Jewel. The 2,376-passenger ship will operate one-way voyages to Alaska between Vancouver, British Columbia, and Seward, Alaska. The trips typically include stops in Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan, plus a visit to either Glacier Bay National Park or Icy Strait Point.
In recent years, the 2,018-passenger Norwegian Spirit also has spent its summers sailing in Alaska, but its Alaska voyages for 2024 were canceled as a result of the vessel being chartered to another company.
The appeal of the one-way sailings on Norwegian Jewel is that they can be combined with Norwegian-organized land tours of Alaska lasting from three to six days to create 10- to 13-night "cruisetours."
The land tour portion of such trips brings visits to such well-known interior Alaska locations as Denali National Park and the town of Fairbanks.
Related: The ultimate Alaska cruise guide
Norwegian usually deploys two ships on Bermuda runs every year — one out of New York City and one out of Boston.
In both cases, the sailings offered are mostly seven nights in length and include a two-night stay in Bermuda.
For 2024, Norwegian will devote one of its biggest and newest ships, the 3,802-passenger Norwegian Joy, to Bermuda. It will run out of New York. The line's 2,394-passenger Norwegian Gem will sail to Bermuda out of Boston.
In addition, the line's 3,969-passenger Norwegian Getaway will operate a handful of sailings to Bermuda out of New York during the early part of 2024, and the 3,963-passenger Norwegian Breakaway will operate a few sailings to Bermuda out of New York toward the end of 2024.
The line's relatively new Norwegian Prima will operate a single Bermuda sailing out of New York at the end of 2024.
While most of Norwegian's Bermuda sailings are seven nights in length, the line also sometimes offers a few shorter four- and five-night Bermuda sailings and, occasionally, a longer, nine-night Bermuda sailing.
Note that the shorter Bermuda sailings can offer very little time in the country, sometimes as few as nine hours.
Norwegian offers a wide range of itineraries in destinations around the world, from the Caribbean to Asia. However, you'll find the most choices among Norwegian itineraries in the Caribbean and Europe.
The line is also well-known for voyages around Hawaii and to Bermuda. Its Hawaii sailings, in particular, are something of a rarity in the industry.
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Enjoy more port time with Norwegian Cruise Line’s top European itineraries
Author: Daniel Edward
Published on: 20 June 2023
Updated on: 26 June 2023
With over 160 unique itineraries available across nine award-winning ships, a Norwegian Cruise Line voyage is the way to see Europe
Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) sails across Europe throughout the summer season, with a myriad of options stretching from the northern reaches of the continent – the line’s birthplace – to the Mediterranean and further east to the Greek Isles.
With nine ships calling Europe home this year and a further two scheduled for 2024, NCL’s Europe season is undoubtably a highlight of the cruise line’s calendar.
And you can tell how much the line loves Europe, from its massive array of ports, from the major crowd-pleasers to smaller ports that other cruise lines don’t offer the chance to visit.
In total, NCL draws together a collection of over 150 ports of call in Europe – the largest selection of any major cruise line.
Plus, with an average stay of nine hours in each destination, and with many itineraries in a new destination every single day of the cruise, there’s plenty of time to get out and explore.
Even better, local partnerships with locals in over 70 of the line’s favourite destinations give guests authentic cultural experiences on ‘ Go Local ’ shore excursions.
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NCL’s innovative ‘Free at Sea’ upgrade package gives you access to a whole host of premium features onboard without costing you a penny onboard.
Starting at £149 per person on top of your cruise fare (on a six to eight day cruise), you’ll benefit from complementary onboard access to premium beverages, speciality dining and Wi-Fi.
If you’re sailing as a family or group, then the third and fourth guests in the room will pay taxes only on select sailings.
You’ll also be able to enjoy exclusive discounts on shore excursions in every port of call, helping your holiday budget stretch further.
Greece and Israel from Athens
Norwegian Dawn seven-day Greek Isles itinerary , cruises from Athens (Piraeus) to Turkey and Israel throughout the summer and autumn.
Explore the charming Greek Isles as well as Turkey and Israel’s Mediterranean-style coastlines.
From 365 churches and shrines in Patmos, to the ‘Wailing Wall’ and Temple on the Mount in Jerusalem, this trip promises to be moving and memorable.
Remodelled in 2022, Norwegian Dawn is a mid-size ship carrying 2,402 guests.
Onboard, you’ll find culinary favourites including Alizar and Cagney’s Steak House, as well as phenomenal entertaining from ‘Elements’ in the theatre to Soul Rockin’ Nights, a high energy party that celebrates the sounds of soul to the raw force of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
The classic Mediterranean
They don’t come any more classic than a nine-night round-trip cruise from Barcelona to the highlights of the Med.
Sailing aboard Norwegian Epic, one of the largest ships in NCL’s award-winning fleet, you’ll check into Livorno (for Florence and Pisa), Civitavecchia (for Rome), Naples, Palma (Majorca) and Ibiza.
Showcasing the Mediterranean’s celebrated balance of chilled-out beach vibes and cultured city gems, you’ll return home revived and inspired.
Two seas in one cruise
An alternative way to soak up some Mediterranean sunshine is to take a nine-night cruise aboard the brand new Norwegian Viva , which additionally includes a jaunt in the Adriatic Sea, visiting a new destination every day, across Italy, Greece, Croatia and Slovenia.
Sailing the newest ship in NCL’s fleet is an exciting experience in itself, with world class staterooms and state-of-the-art dining – just check out Onda by Scarpetta!
Built this year, Norwegian Viva is a beautiful ship, with countless activity and entertainment options for the whole family. Teens will especially love the multi-storey go-kart race track on the top decks.
Bastions of the ancient world
Norwegian Breakaway ties together the two major capitals of the ancient world in her 10-day Greek Isles and Italy itinerary , round-trip from Civitavecchia (the gateway to Rome).
You’ll be absorbed in the dramatic and varied landscapes of Italy, from the terracotta tiles of Tuscany to the sun-parched olive groves of Sicily.
In Greece, experience the picture-perfect magic of Santorini, and old-world mystique of Athens (Piraeus). While at sea, have a laugh on the open deck high ropes course or maybe indulge in a spa therapy and ‘me time’ in the luxurious salt room.
The emerald isle from Southampton
Not feeling like flying these days? Not a problem. NCL has a wonderful no-fly option in Norwegian Star’s 10-day Northern Europe itinerary .
Departing from and returning to Southampton, this trip includes six stops in Ireland, plus a day in Belfast.
Remodelled in 2021, Norwegian Star features fabulous evening entertainment in the Star Theatre and a dedicated kids’ pool for the little ones to splash around out on deck.
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How to Visit 6 European Countries and Only Unpack Once (Video)
Europe is simultaneously one of the most exciting and overwhelming places to plan a long-awaited vacation. And that’s largely because there’s just so much to see. If you’ve ever tried to plan a European itinerary while scrolling through Instagram, you’ve come up against this one bracing reality: You just want to go everywhere. And in response to that sentiment, we have just one thing to say: Same .
For the traveler who wants to escape to Europe and go everywhere, but has yet to convince their workplace to offer them a four-month sabbatical, cruising Europe is a great option . It, of course, helps that when you take a European cruise, the itinerary is done for you. Trying to pack six countries into 10 days on your own is a logistical nightmare. Cruising Europe means skipping your last-minute, make-it-up-as-you-go itinerary in favor of a hassle-free trip to the most coveted destinations. Beyond the ease of a customized itinerary and only unpacking once for a multi-country adventure, taking a European cruise means you can fit the wonders of the Grecian islands, the energy of Barcelona, and the history of Dubrovnik all into one trip.
If you’re ready for an unforgettable European cruise, you can’t go wrong with a Mediterranean adventure like Norwegian Cruise Line’s 10-day Enchanting Mediterranean Barcelona to Rome itinerary. I’ve always believed wholeheartedly that life is better along the Mediterranean, and in fact, have been trying to move to a sleepy town along the riviera and start a lifestyle blog called Lambrusco Before Noon (patent pending) since I graduated college. I can therefore say on good authority that coastal, southern Europe is a destination you can return to time and time again, always discovering new places, new subcultures, and perhaps most importantly, new ways to garnish an Aperol spritz.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s Enchanting Mediterranean experience starts in Barcelona for a day in the Catalonian capital. If Barcelona is a new-to-you city, you’ll want to spend your day seeing Park Güell and Antoni Gaudí's famously unfinished Sagrada Familia , and lunching on Las Ramblas before boarding the Norwegian Dawn . Once on board, you’ll unpack just the one time and settle into your stateroom. If you’re looking to celebrate your European cruise with a room upgrade, you can treat yourself to a stateroom with floor-to-ceiling windows and a private balcony.
The next three days bring three bucket-list destinations in a row — start planning your Instagram post schedule ahead of time. (Or, if you need a digital detox, go unplugged for a few days of your cruise; social media can wait, but these views can’t.)
Norwegian's enchanting Mediterranean cruise heads to Mallorca, Spain; Monaco; and Tuscany, Italy — with one day for each stop. In Mallorca, you’ll be in the historic town of Palma, founded more than 2,000 years ago by the Romans. Moving on to Monaco, you’ll spend the day walking in the footsteps of Grace Kelly in Monte Carlo. From the casinos to the palaces, Monte Carlo is a true French Riviera spectacle. The natural beauty is big and the hair is bigger, despite Monaco being the second smallest country in the world.
To complete this truly enviable three-day travel streak, you’ll wind up in Tuscany to see Florence and Pisa. Florence is the perfect city for a DIY walking tour, because main attractions like Piazza del Duomo, Santa Croce, and the Uffizi are so close to each other. And remember, learning about Renaissance art and contributions of the Medici family is crucial in Florence, but so is the pizza.
After a few days of action-packed travel, I find that I really need time to process what I just saw. And that’s something I really value about cruising: it gives you time to reflect on your travels. We rarely allow ourselves time to revel in everything we see and learn while traveling the world. But on cruises, you often get a built-in day to slow down while at sea. Norwegian’s 10-day Enchanting Mediterranean cruise has a day at sea after taking in Mallorca, Monaco, and Florence, where you can journal by the pool while sailing into the second leg of your six-country trip.
The latter part of the cruise kicks off in Dubrovnik, where Game of Thrones fans can live their long-harbored Kings’ Landing dreams (no, really, Norwegian offers a Venture Through Kings’ Landing shore excursion for all those still lamenting that Sansa never sat on the Iron Throne). After Croatia, the Norwegian Dawn takes travelers to Kotor, a UNESCO World Natural and Historical Heritage Site on the Adriatic Sea in Montenegro. It’s then on to Corfu, one of the more exclusive Greek islands with multi-toned blue waters and lush greenery.
Although there’s little you could say to convince me to leave the Corfu beaches, bribing me with two days on the Italian coast might do the trick. So it’s perhaps not surprising that the cruise concludes with a day on the island of Sicily and a day in Naples. Spending a day in Naples is the perfect introduction to the Amalfi Coast, from the pastel-colored houses perched over the Mediterranean to the grand Neapolitan piazzas — and pizzas, for that matter. Finally, the Norwegian Dawn docks in Rome, which is where (at least for me) the vacation denial sets in. However, the best part of docking is that you’ll realize you took a whirlwind trip and still feel refreshed rather than exhausted, because all the country-to-country logistics and transport were handled for you. And that right there is the beauty of cruising Europe.
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