Sailing to over 400 destinations, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) offers the perfect European escape for guests who want to relive some of television’s most popular series. Travellers who can’t decide where to go on holiday this winter need to look no further than the binge-worthy show that sparked their travel bug. Check out NCL’s favorite Europe sailings below!
Bask in the mystery and cuisine of the Mediterranean as seen in “White Lotus”
Norwegian’s Mediterranean cruises are perfect for viewers who were mesmerised by the scene-stealing colourful coastlines of Taormina, Sicily featured in HBO’s latest sensational drama, White Lotus. Those who were drawn to the destination will be equally captivated by each of the vibrant, sun-drenched ports Norwegian sails to across Italy, Greece, France, Spain and Croatia.
Guests who want the full White Lotus experience may select a Mediterranean cruise that visits one of Sicily’s breathtaking ports in Palermo, Siracusa, or Messina. And of course, each port in Sicily has wine tasting opportunities that are assuredly less uncomfortable than the vineyard double dates seen in the show!
While visiting Messina, a visit to Taormina is worthwhile for the sight of Mount Etna, the spectacular volcano shown erupting in the White Lotus‘ Season 2 finale as the storyline’s tension finally exploded (spoiler alert!). Fun fact—while filming the show, the volcano actually erupted, which is not uncommon as Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanos in the world. In Messina, travellers can also experience a Godfather Tour in the lesser-known, beautiful village of Savoca to see some of the iconic movie’s filming locations, much like the Di Grasso family did in the show.
The mysterious ambiance of White Lotus intrigues audiences who know that nothing is what it seems at the fictional resort. To evoke a similar feeling, while in Palermo guests may book the Secrets of Palermo tour to explore the city’s hidden gems and compelling history, including a visit to the catacombs. For the traveller who prefers a more relaxing vacation, an excursion over to the quaint village of Cefalu will take them to the picturesque beaches where the show was filmed.
Part of White Lotus’ allure is the luxurious lifestyle of the resort’s wealthy guests. For the most luxurious accommodations, look no further than The Haven, Norwegian’s exclusive ship-within-a-ship concept featuring a private enclave accessible only by keycard. Norwegian ensures that Haven guests will be pampered with privacy, personalised services of a concierge, a 24-hour butler and exclusive access to the Haven sundeck, restaurant, and lounge for the ultimate VIP experience
For an experience more akin to White Lotus Season 1, don’t miss the 7-day interisland Hawaii itinerary exclusive to the NCL brand! This unique itinerary, featuring nearly 100 hours of port time, calling to four islands with two overnight stays in Maui and Kauai, and no days at sea, is available all year long.
Relive the romance of “Bridgerton” with a cruise to the British Isles
For travellers who fell in love with the whimsical aesthetic of Netflix’s romantic drama Bridgerton, a trip to England will make the most charming winter getaway.
For experiences reminiscent of the hit series, many of NCL’s British Isles cruises visit multiple enchanting ports in England and the United Kingdom including Portland, where guests can visit the city of Bath which features Bridgerton-esque Georgian architecture including the Royal Crescent, used in the series as the Featherington Family’s home. A stop in Falmouth, England offers guests the chance to see how “high society” lived with an independent visit to Lahnydrock House, a stunning Victorian estate complete with a colorful garden that feels like part of a fairytale.
If selecting an itinerary that visits London (Tilbury), the period-piece enthusiast will feel transported back in time as they are surrounded by the cobblestoned-streets and the Georgian-era architecture of Greenwich, The Royal Borough of London where much of Bridgerton is filmed. Known for its tranquility and lush greenery, Greenwich may inspire visitors to take a romantic stroll or sit down for afternoon tea and cakes. In Greenwich, fans of the series can visit the old Royal Naval College, Ranger House—the iconic fictional Bridgerton family home, and the Queen’s House Colonnade in the National Maritime Museum Gardens where the Duke of Hastings’ brawl with Lord Berbrooke took place.
Experience the City of Lights like “Emily in Paris” with a cruise to Europe
Cafes, fashion, and love triangles, oh my! One episode of Netflix’s Emily in Paris would have anyone ready to visit the picturesque city of love to indulge in the shopping, delicacies, and romance that Emily gives the audience a peak of. Those who love the finer things in life, much like Emily, will enjoy one of Norwegian’s Europe cruises that visit Paris (Le Havre).
In Paris, guests may opt to experience the city on their own or with NCL’s Lunch on the Seine Tour, which will sail a scenic cruise along the river with sights of the city’s most impressive monuments including the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Louvre Museum and the Eiffel Tower. The excursion is ideal for the tourist who wants to take a page from Emily’s book and snap selfies against some of the city’s most iconic locations.
Cuisine plays a leading role in Emily in Paris, and viewers of the show are likely eager to try some of the delicious French pastries and Michelin Star restaurants featured in the series. Most notably, fans can visit Terra Nova, the restaurant that is used as the filming location for Gabriel’s L’espirit de Gigi restaurant and many of the show’s most romantic scenes.
Some of the most beautiful landscapes featured in the series take place during Emily’s adventures outside the walls of the City of Lights. Guests can visit multiple ports along the South of France on NCL’s 9-day Mediterranean cruise aboard Norwegian Getaway with calls to Provence, as well as Nice—where Emily basked in the French Riviera sun during her glamorous girls trip to the iconic Villefranche bay. Provence, known for its rolling hills draped in fields of lavender, may be recognised as the backdrop to many scenes from Season 3, including the hot air balloon scene and the dramatic engagement party weekend. Guests can even dine at Gabriel’s bucket-list restaurant in Provence, which overlooks the lavender fields, set in La Bastide hotel in Airelles Gordes.
For a Parisian experience onboard, each of Norwegian’s world-class ships house Le Bistro, the NCL fan-favorite French restaurant. On the newest Prima Class ships, Le Bistro was designed to feel like an intimate dinner between lovers in a Parisian apartment. How fitting for the Emily in Paris experience.
Walk in the footsteps of royalty as seen in “The Crown” with a cruise to Northern Europe
For the history buff who can’t get enough of Netflix’s The Crown, a visit to London aboard one of NCL’s Baltic Cruises will give them the chance to walk in the footsteps of royalty. From England to Denmark to the Netherlands and beyond, guests are sure to feel the rich history in every port.
Norwegian Cruise Line offers a variety of shore excursion tours, such as the London on Land and Water tour or the London Panorama driving tour, that allow guests to see many of the city’s most important historical monuments all in one trip. Royal highlights for fans of The Crown may include the Tower of London, where the crown jewels are displayed; St. Paul’s Cathedral, where Prince Charles and Princess Diana were married; and Westminster Abbey where many royal events such as coronations, the wedding of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, and the wedding of Prince William and Princess Catherine took place. Guests can admire Buckingham Palace, one of the world’s last remaining working palaces and the official home of his Majesty the King. On select days, guests visiting Buckingham Palace may have the opportunity to see the formal changing of the guards.
Beyond London, Norwegian’s British Isles cruises are ideal for the traveller who wants to visit multiple destinations that are seeped with historical intrigue, such as Edinburgh— the capital of Scotland and the home to many monuments, memorials, and castles. In port, guests can tour the Royal Mile which is bookmarked by the brooding Edinburgh Castle, the home of Scottish Kings and Queens, and Holyrood Palace, the Scottish residence of the late Queen Elizabeth II, which now belongs to King Charles III.
This Spring, Norwegian will offer 12 to 13-day land and sea London Cruisetours sailing out of Southampton, United Kingdom. The tour will begin with four days of sightseeing in London including visits to many of the notable monuments previously mentioned, before embarking on the sea portion of the trip with calls to exciting countries such as Ireland, Scotland, France and more.
For more information about the Company’s award-winning 18-ship fleet and worldwide itineraries or to book a cruise, please visit www.ncl.com, visit a travel professional or call 021 200 6586.
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As the innovator in global cruise travel, Norwegian Cruise Line has been breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising for 56 years. Most notably, the cruise line revolutionised the industry by offering guests the freedom and flexibility to design their ideal vacation on their preferred schedule with no assigned dining and entertainment times and no formal dress codes. Today, its fleet of 18 contemporary ships sail to 400 of the world’s most desirable destinations, including Great Stirrup Cay, the company’s private island in the Bahamas and its resort destination Harvest Caye in Belize. Norwegian Cruise Line not only provides superior guest service from land to sea, but also offers a wide variety of award-winning entertainment and dining options as well as a range of accommodations across the fleet, including solo-traveller staterooms, club balcony suites, spa-suites and The Haven by Norwegian®, the company’s ship-within-a-ship concept. For additional information or to book a cruise, contact a travel professional, call 021 200 6586 or visit www.ncl.com. For the latest news and exclusive content, visit the NCL Newsroom and follow Norwegian Cruise Line on Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok and YouTube @NorwegianCruiseLine; and Twitter @CruiseNorwegian.
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