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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Norwegian Cruise Line launches Europe cruisetours

Europe’s Leading Cruise Line now offers guests the opportunity to combine cruises with in-depth land tours for the ultimate authentic Italian vacation
MIAMI – Voted Europe’s Leading Cruise Line for five years in a row by the World Travel Awards, Norwegian Cruise Line is launching new Italian Cruisetours to enhance guests’ dream European vacations.

On sale now for cruises this year and beyond, the new Cruisetours can be purchased as part of Norwegian Jade’s seven-day Eastern Mediterranean & Greek Isles or Adriatic cruises from Venice, Italy or Norwegian Epic’s seven-day Eastern Mediterranean cruises from Civitavecchia, Italy.

Ranging in length from 11 to 15 days including the sailing, the Cruisetours transport guests to the heart of Italy, offering the freedom and flexibility to explore the incredible cuisine, history and culture of this beautiful country. 

“Italy is an amazing destination that offers so many unique experiences,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian’s chief executive officer.  “With our new Europe cruise tours, Norwegian guests now have the opportunity to travel into the heart of the country and explore the authentic side of Italy along with their cruise.”

 For guests traveling on board Norwegian Jade’s seven-day Eastern Mediterranean & Greek Isles or Adriatic cruises from Venice, as well as Norwegian Epic’s seven-day Mediterranean Cruise from Civitavecchia, the 15-day Classic Italy Cruisetour features seven nights of the best the country has to offer.

Beginning in Venice, with walking tours including St. Mark’s Square, Doge’s Palace and the island of Murano, the tour proceeds to Pisa, where guests have the opportunity to view the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa, as well as experience a wine tasting on a Tuscan countryside farm.

Traveling onto Florence, guests will explore The Accademia of Fine Arts, housing Michelangelo’s David, and Signoria Square. The Classic Italy cruisetour finishes in Rome and Vatican City, where guests will visit the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, concluding the Italian trip of a lifetime. 
 
Those guests wishing to explore Italy’s cultural side will delight in the 14-day Wine & Art of Northern Italy Cruisetour, which features the wine region of Piedmont, the cliffside villages of Cinque Terre and the medieval town of Parma.  With activities including Barolo & Asti Spumanti wine tastings; Parma ham and Parmesan cheese tasting; city tours in Milan, Turin, and Parma; and an aged Balsamic vinegar sampling, this tour is available to guests on Norwegian Jade’s seven-day Eastern Mediterranean & Greek Isles or Adriatic cruises from Venice.

For those with an adventurous spirit, the five-day Italian Lakes & Parma Cruisetour, offered with Norwegian Jade’s seven-day Eastern Mediterranean & Greek Isles or Adriatic Cruise from Venice, highlights the villages and Alpine landscapes of Lake Como, the medieval town of Parma and the fashionable city of Milan. It features a scenic cruise to Bellagio, the beautiful Italian lake district, and city tours in Milan and Parma.
 
Guests who have limited time to explore Italy before or after their cruise can see Rome and Vatican City’s best features on the 11-day Rome & The Vatican tour, offered for guests sailing on Norwegian Epic’s seven-day Eastern Mediterranean Cruise from Civitavecchia.  Including such legendary sites as the Forum and Colosseum in Rome and the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, this Cruisetour provides guests with the ultimate Italian historical experience. 
 
Norwegian is offering these tours with Gate 1 Travel, a leader in escorted tour programs worldwide for more than 30 years.  All tours feature an English-speaking Italian tour manager, first class hotels, time for optional exploring, whisper technology-enhanced touring, some meals including wine and mineral water, and air-conditioned motor coach transportation. 
 
Further information can be found by visiting Norwegian’s Europe Cruisetours website. Guests wishing to book a Europe cruise with a Cruisetour on Norwegian, should contact their preferred travel professional, call 866-234-7350 or visit www.ncl.com


About Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 46-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising, most notably with the introduction of Freestyle Cruising which revolutionized the industry by giving guests more freedom and flexibility. Today, Norwegian invites guests to “Cruise Like a Norwegian” on one of 11 purpose-built Freestyle Cruising ships, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed cruise vacation on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea.
 
Norwegian’s largest and most innovative Freestyle Cruising ship, Norwegian Epic, debuted in June 2010 and has been named “Best Overall Cruise Ship” by the readers of Travel Weekly and “Best Ship for Sea Days” by Cruise Critic. Norwegian Cruise Line is the official cruise line of Blue Man Group, appearing for the first time at sea on Norwegian Epic, as well as the official cruise line of Legends in Concert, The Second City, Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos, and Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids. Cirque Dreams & Dinner is also featured on board Norwegian Epic as the first show of its kind at sea under a big top.
 
The company has two 4,000-passenger vessels, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, under construction for delivery in April 2013 and January 2014, along with one larger “Breakaway Plus” vessel for delivery in fall 2015.  Known as New York’s ship, Norwegian Breakaway will be the largest vessel to homeport year-round in the city, sailing to Bermuda for the summer beginning May 12, 2013.  Norwegian Breakaway’s features include hull art by legendary artist Peter Max, seafood restaurant Ocean Blue by famed New York chef Geoffrey Zakarian, and fitness classes and a retrospective display from the ship’s iconic godmothers, the Rockettes.

The entertainment lineup includes three Broadway shows: Rock of Ages, Burn the Floor and Cirque Dreams & Dinner: Jungle Fantasy.  Norwegian Getaway, the largest ship to homeport year-round in Miami, will sail Eastern Caribbean voyages beginning in February 2014.  Sailings for both vessels are now on sale. 

For further information on Norwegian Cruise Line, visit www.ncl.com, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @Norwegiancruiseline, Pin us on Pinterest, watch us on YouTube, or contact us in the U.S. and Canada at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784).
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