The vessel was met with the traditional plaque and key ceremony, involving Capt. Diego Michelozzi and Port of Southampton Director Alastair Welch, before it continued its 14-night international itinerary, sailing France and Portugal and concluding in Barcelona.
Rebekah Keeler, head of cruise, Port of Southampton, said: ‘Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings...is an important cruise partner for us and we look forward to many more years of welcoming their ships to Southampton.’
Graham Sadler, SVP and MD, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, added: ‘We have a long-standing relationship with the port… We look forward to further strengthening our partnership with this new and exciting development, which demonstrates our commitment to the UK cruise industry.’
MSC Cruises also has a strategic partnership agreement with the port; the 181,000gt MSC Virtuosa called at the terminal July 3 amid its UK summer sailings.