6 unmissable experiences in Europe and Hawai’i with up to 50% off
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There’s an undeniable allure about Europe and Hawai’i, and cruising them has never been easier. With more than ten itineraries island-hopping around the USA’s 50th state and 350 cruises throughout Europe, Norwegian Cruise Line sale is your ticket to experiencing the tastiest Neapolitan cuisine, the magnitude of the Norwegian fjords and the black-sand beaches of The Big Island.
A global innovator in cruise travel, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) are pioneers of the ‘freestyle cruise’ movement, allowing you the chance to cruise the way you want to. There are no set dining times or options, no regulated dress codes, and no ship-wide ‘must do’ excursions. Do as little as you want or as much as you want – how you experience your cruise is completely up to you.
February special deals
This February, NCL is offering up to 50 per cent off* all cruises* worldwide, including those to Europe and Hawai’i. In addition, they’re throwing in their ‘Free At Sea’ offers*, including a Free Beverage Package, a Free Wifi package, and a US$50 Shore Excursion credit at every port. With gratuities already included, complimentary 24-hour dining and award-winning entertainment, it’s up there with some of the best value at sea.
Tempting? There’s more to look forward to.
1. Taste the best of Hawai’i
Ahi poke and shaved ice are essential eating in Hawai’i. Once you’ve sampled your way through the pillars of Hawaiian cuisine, turn your attention to one of the country’s most exclusive exports, Kona coffee.
Like champagne, beans grown in the Kona Districts of Hawai’i’s Big Island are the only ones that can be called ‘Kona coffee’, and they’re some of the most expensive in the world. Choose to join the Kona Mocha shore tour on the Hawaii: Inter-island itinerary, and you’ll have easy access to as much of the product as you please.
2. Discover the largest and deepest fjords in the world
Carved out by glaciers over a succession of ice ages, the steep mountains and deep waterways of Norway’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Geirangerfjord are nothing short of incredible. Waterfalls cascade down the rockface, quaint villages sit in the mountains’ shadow and porpoises frolic in the shallows.
Floating gently aboard a RIB boat on a 1.5-hour shore excursion is the only way you can grasp the towering fjord’s true magnitude, an excursion offered on the Northern Europe: Iceland, Norway and Belgium cruise.
3. Spot whales off Iceland
Choose to cruise northern Europe on either the 10-day cruise to Greenland and Iceland or the 11-day cruise through Iceland, Norway and Belgium itineraries, and whale watching is very much on the agenda.
An optional shore tour out of Húsavík in Iceland’s north, there’s every chance you’ll spot minke whales, humpbacks, dolphins and sometimes blue whales on this all-day adventure. If luck is on your side, killer and fin whales could even make an appearance. Cap off the tour with a visit to the whale museum and one of those oh-so-photogenic Icelandic waterfalls.
4. Taste pizza with the locals in Naples
We have the Neapolitan people to thank for some of the world’s most loved foods; sfogliatella, mozzarella di bufala and bubbly-based Neapolitan pizza, to name a few.
It’s the latter that takes centre stage on a Naples-based food excursion led by a food-loving local. Visit the historic heart of the city and its dividing ‘Spaccanapoli’ before sitting down to a meal of pizza a portafoglio — a street-style folded margherita pizza served swaddled in baking paper. NCL stops in Napoli on the nine-day Mediterranean: Italy, France and Spain itinerary.
5. Discover Italy’s ancient history
People travel the world to uncover ancient ruins, and one place still remains relatively undiscovered. Sitting within the bounds of Sardinia’s Pula Archaeological Park on the island’s south, Nora has some 3000 years’ worth of Roman and Phoenician history, which you can learn on a ‘Nora – A walk through ancient times’ shore excursion (optional on the Mediterranean: Italy, France & Spain cruise).
Before heading back on board, take a scenic drive through the capital of Cagliari and stop off to see the pink flamingos in their natural habitat at Molentargius – Saline Regional Park.
6. Visit Europe’s oldest city
Greece’s Cyclades and Dodecanese islands are the highlights of the Greek Isles: Santorini, Rhodes and Mykonos itinerary. The cruise’s departure point — Athens — is a city to look forward to seeing, but for entirely different reasons.
Athens is some 3277 years older than the nation of Australia, with many lifetimes of history embedded deep in its streets and buildings. The city is home to some of the world’s most important architectural structures and archaeological finds, the most famous being The Acropolis, standing guard over the city.
Join a guide and climb the stairs to the top to see the ruins up close before enjoying a refreshing freddo espresso at a cafe in the citadel’s shadows.