//See Europe in a new light with NCL

See Europe in a new light with NCL

Offer lasts until August 31

Give your August cruise bookings a boost by offering your customers 20 per cent savings# when they book selected sailings in 2021 and beyond by August 31 2020. And give them extra Peace of Mind thanks to NCL’s Sail Safe programme, knowing they’re free to cancel up 48 hours before the departure date for all 2020 cruises, and up to 15 days before for all 2021 cruises up to October 31, 2021.

And they’ll thank you for recommending Free at Sea with the choice of two upgrade packages – including open bar and speciality dining – from just £99* per person.

Spotlight on the Mediterranean

Are your customers thinking of cruising Europe in 2021? If so, NCL would make a great choice. They’ve been awarded the accolade of Europe’s leading cruise line for 12 consecutive years in the influential World Travel Awards and, let’s face it, you can’t get a better endorsement than that. As to where to cruise in Europe, we’ve lined up their top three cruises.

First up is Norwegian Epic’s 7-day Western Mediterranean itinerary departing Barcelona weekly between April and October 2021 from £717pp. It’s got a contrasting mix of ports both classic and contemporary and there are great experiences to be had by your customers along the way. How about taking a hop on-hop off bus tour of Barcelona where the sights vary from the atmospheric Gothic quarter to Gaudi’s fantastical architecture. Or strolling through the bustling streets of Naples in search of the perfect pizza… and they won’t have to look far! By contrast, a shore excursion to Rome will reveal ancient wonders from the huge Colosseum to temples and marketplaces.

Back on board, Norwegian Epic is like a luxe floating resort with endless ways to spend time. We’re hooked on the amazing restaurants, some serving up authentic cuisines from around the world, and with 16 dining options to choose from it’s a moveable feast. After dinner, don’t miss the fully-staged Broadway musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, it’s a spectacle of non-stop hits and outlandish costumes. And for a little pampering, head for the Mandara Spa®, a haven of relaxation and tranquillity offer more than 50 beauty treatments and body therapies.

The Haven by Norwegian®

The Haven Courtyard

Did we mention haven? There’s one on many Norwegian Cruise Line ships and we just can’t get enough of it. The Haven by Norwegian® is a luxurious ship-within-a-ship with fabulous, Instagram-worthy suites surrounding a private courtyard and pool, as well as luxe benefits and services, including a concierge and 24-hour butler. It’s a top choice for a romantic escape or a family holiday – some suites have a separate room for the kids.

Explore Italy and the Greek Islands

Guests can explore Dubrovnik

Back in the Med, we think another hot ticket is Norwegian Getaway’s 10-day Greek Isles and Italy cruise from Rome (Civitavecchia) starting from just £999pp. It’s a great balance of city sights and resort relaxation with two days at sea to enjoy everything the ship offers, like a huge Ropes Course with 40 challenging elements and the opportunity to walk the plank over the edge of the ship… And if we had to choose one restaurant above all the others, we’d go for Cagney’s Steakhouse for its Premium Black Angus Beef with a side of moreish truffle fries. It’s just the thing to set guests up before watching the sizzling hot dance spectacular, Burn the Floor.

And when your customers step ashore, try something different, like kayaking around the towering medieval walls of Dubrovnik or taking a 4×4 right off the beaten track to see a side of Corfu that many visitors never do. Then take things a little slower savouring authentic meze in a clifftop restaurant in Oia, Santorini and, believe us, they’ll get one of the most spectacular views in the Med.

White Nights in St. Petersburg

The beautiful Norwegian Escape

Summer is the time to discover the cities and sights around the Baltic Sea and one of Norwegian Cruise Line’s newer ships, Norwegian Escape, can take your customers there from, oh let’s say it, wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen. 9-Day Scandinavia, Russia & Baltic cruises start from only £1,045pp. A highlight is two whole days in St. Petersburg, where guests can tick off their bucket list sightseeing and spend an evening ashore watching a sublime performance of Russian ballet – not to be missed. Other top tips include Stockholm’s Vasa Museum housing an incredibly well-preserved (and massive) 17th-century warship that sank on its maiden voyage; and a scenic drive through Helsinki with its wide avenues, around 200 parks and sculptures everywhere you look.

On one of the sea days, guests can splash down in the on-deck Aqua Park with its thrilling waterslides – kids of all ages seem to line up again and again. Evenings on board come alive – try dinner in the Manhattan Room, a chic take on New York’s art deco supper clubs, then get a seat for the smash-hit Broadway musical, After Midnight, taking them back to the days of Harlem’s Cotton Club.

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Sam Ballard is a director and co-founder of Waterfront Publishing, creator of ABTA Magazine, Cruise Adviser, Solus and more.