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Ten NCL ships sailing Europe in 2023; UK homeport debut for Prima

Norwegian Prima has been operating Stateside but returned to European waters in May
Norwegian Prima has returned to Europe and will be based predominantly out of Southampton and Barcelona for the 2023 season.

The Norwegian Cruise Line ship, which was named in Iceland last August, arrived in Reykjavik last week  and is currently sailing a 10-day Northern Europe cruise to Southampton, calling Norway and Amsterdam.

Norwegian Prima will homeport in the UK for the first time from June 5.

A total of 10 NCL ships will be sailing in European waters through December 2023, — Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Prima, Norwegian Star, Norwegian Sun and Norwegian Viva — offering 132 itineraries with 46 round-trips and 86 open-jaw sailings.

Debut homeports

Cruises will be departing from 15 homeports, including debuts in Bilbao (Spain), Tromsø (Norway), Marseille (France) and Ravenna (Italy), and sailing to 150 ports of call throughout Northern Europe, the Mediterranean and the Greek Isles.

NCL is shifting towards longer cruises as 87% of its European voyages are set to have a duration of nine or more days, compared to 63% in 2019. There will be an average of 10.5 hours in port.

Southampton debut

‘Europe is a destination that has captured the hearts and imaginations of travelers for generations. This season, we're thrilled to be offering even more opportunities to explore this fascinating continent, with the added bonus of having Prima homeport from Southampton this summer,’ remarked Gary Anslow, head of UK & Ireland business for Norwegian Cruise Line.

He noted passengers from over 142 countries have booked so far.

A recent study by British consumer research company Which? noted holidays are up to 70% more expensive this year compared with last, with package holidays to Spain, Turkey, Italy and Greece increasing the most.

Prices for an NCL Europe cruise from Southampton start at £323 per person for an inside cabin.