NCL has come up trumps once again with a fantastic early booking offer - Buy One Get One Half Price. All you have to do is book your cruise in an Oceanview or higher category stateroom before 18 November 2019 and, you've got it, the second person in the stateroom pays just 50% of the applicable cruise fare*.
Spotlight on the Mediterranean
Thinking of cruising Europe in 2020? 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 our own Top 3 cruises.
First up is Norwegian Epic's 7-day Western Mediterranean itinerary departing Barcelona weekly between May and November. It's got a contrasting mix of ports both classic and contemporary and there are great experiences to be had 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 you 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 luxury floating resort with endless ways to spend your time. We're hooked on the amazing restaurants, some serving up authentic cuisines from around the world, and with 21 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 offering more than 50 beauty treatments and body therapies.
Explore Italy and the Greek Islands
Back in the Med, we think another hot ticket is Norwegian Getaway's 10-day or 11-day Greek Isles and Italy sailings from Rome. 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 you up before watching the sizzling hot dance spectacular, Burn the Floor.
And when you step ashore, try something different, like kayaking around the towering medieval walls of Dubrovnik or taking a 4x4 right off the beaten track to see a side of Corfu that many visitors never do. Then take things a little slower savouring authentic mezes in a clifftop restaurant in Oia, Santorini and, believe us, you'll get one of the most spectacular views in the Med.
White Nights in St. Petersburg
Summer is the time to discover the cities and sights around the Baltic Sea and one of NCL's newer ships, Norwegian Escape, can take you there on 9-day cruises from, oh let's say it, Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen. A highlight is two whole days in St. Petersburg, where you can tick off your bucket list sightseeing and spend an evening ashore watching a sublime performance of Russian ballet - don't miss it. 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 your sea days, you've got to 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 you back to the days of Harlem's Cotton Club.
The Haven by Norwegian®
Did we mention Haven? There's another one on many NCL 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 luxury benefits and services, including a concierge and a 24-hour butler. It's a top choice for a romantic escape or a family holiday - some Suites even have a separate room for the kids.
Feeling tempted? Be sure to book before 18 November 2019 for this great offer.*