Norwegian Named 'Europe's Leading Cruise Line' Fifth Consecutive Year

Norwegian Cruise Line has been named “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line” by the World Travel Awards for the fifth consecutive year. The 19th annual awards recognize travel companies for delivering an outstanding customer experience and are voted by travel agents and consumers worldwide.

Europe’s Leading Cruise Line

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Norwegian, which has been honored with the accolade in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, has four ships that offer magnificent cruise vacations through Europe ranging from seven to 14 days.

“We are incredibly honored to be recognized with this prestigious award for the fifth year running. We appreciate the support of travel partners and consumers from all around the world who voted for us,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “Norwegian is dedicated to offering an array of exciting itineraries that make it easy and convenient for guests to explore Europe’s most popular ports of call all while enjoying the freedom of Freestyle Cruising on the most contemporary ships at sea.”

Named “Best Overall Cruise Ship” by the readers of Travel Weekly, and “Best Ship for Sea Days,” by Cruise Critic, Norwegian’s newest ship, Norwegian Epic, sets sail on seven-day Western Mediterranean itineraries from May 5, 2013 - October 13, 2013. Ports of call include Naples, Rome (Civitavecchia) and Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy; Palma, Majorca, Spain and Provence (Marseilles), France.

Guests have the flexibility to begin their cruise in either Barcelona, Rome (Civitavecchia), or Provence (Marseilles), France, allowing them to customize a vacation that suits their specific needs.

Beginning November 6, 2012, Norwegian Spirit will sail nine-day Canary Islands cruises, departing from Barcelona through April 8, 2013, calling on exotic European ports including Funchal, Madeira; Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands; along with Granada (Malaga), Spain.

Norwegian Jade offers seven-day Greek Isles and Adriatic itineraries from Venice, Italy through early October, visiting Corfu, Santorini, Mykonos and Olympia (Katakolon), Greece, Dubrovnik, Croatia; Athens (Piraeus), Greece; Ephesus (Izmir), Turkey and Split, Croatia; and 10-day Eastern Mediterranean cruises from Rome (Civitavecchia) to Olympia (Katakolon) and Athens (Piraeus), Greece; Ephesus (Izmir), Turkey; an overnight Istanbul, Turkey; and Naples, Italy.

For a history-filled expedition, Norwegian Jade sails from Rome (Civitavecchia) on 11-day Mediterranean and Holy Land cruises from mid-October through April 6, 2013. Ports of call include Alanya, Turkey; Limassol, Cyprus; Haifa and Ashdod, Israel; Iraklion, Crete, Greece; and Naples, Italy.

Norwegian Star offers nine-day Baltic Capitals voyages from May 7, 2013 through September 10, 2013. Sailing from Copenhagen, Denmark, this voyage includes an overnight stay in St. Petersburg, Russia. Additional ports of call include Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany; Tallinn, Estonia; Helsinki, Finland; and Stockholm, Sweden. Photo credit: Courtesy

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