Crossing The Atlantic For $60 Per Day; Plus, Norwegian Epic Returns To Southampton

If you have a month to spare, you can sail aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Star for 28 days as she sails from Copenhagen, Denmark to Los Angeles, California on October 6, 2014 — at a bargain price.

Norwegian Star, shown here in Vancouver, British Columbia, sails a massive Transatlantic Crossing this October from Copenhagen, Denmark to Los Angeles, California. Photo © Aaron Saunders
 Norwegian Star, shown here in Vancouver, British Columbia, sails a massive Transatlantic Crossing this October from Copenhagen, Denmark to Los Angeles, California. Photo © Aaron Saunders

As of this writing, Norwegian Cruise Line has this sailing priced from US$1,699 per person for an inside cabin. Yes, that’s about $60 per day per person. Act quickly. These prices will likely increase by the time you search for fares.

The trans-continental voyage is made up mostly of sea days. But the ports of call that Norwegian Star are intriguing, giving guests a taste of Europe, the Azores, the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, and California — all on one voyage.

Norwegian Star will sail to Ponta Delgada, Azores; St. Thomas, USVI; Miami, Florida; Cartagena, Columbia; the Panama Canal; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Puerto Chiapas, Mexico; Huatulco, Mexico; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, arriving in Los Angeles on November 3, 2014.

This evening, enough broken cloud existed to offer our first "true" sunset at sea. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders
 Crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Norwegian Epic To Sail From Southampton

Norwegian Cruise Line announced that it will be sending the 4,100-guest Norwegian Epic to Southampton, England in 2015 for two special sailings, marking the first time the ship has visited the historic maritime port since her maiden voyage in June of 2010.

...and the real Norwegian Epic shown in Philipsburg, St. Maarten this past March. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders
Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Epic is heading back to Southampton, England in 2015 for two special sailings. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

On September 20, 2015, Norwegian Epic will depart Barcelona, Spain on a six-night sailing to Southampton that calls on Cartagena, Spain; Malaga, Spain; and Lisbon, Portugal. She’ll then proceed to drydock in France, emerging on October 11, 2015 to sail on a special seven-night Iberian Peninsula cruise from Southampton to Barcelona. On this voyage, Norwegian Epic will call on Vigo, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal; Malaga, Spain; and Cartagena, Spain.

Norwegian Epic's "wave" balcony staterooms, by night. Notice the soft lighting - nice touch! Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders
Norwegian Epic’s “wave” balcony staterooms, by night. Notice the soft lighting – nice touch. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Although she was initially lambasted for her odd physical appearance, Norwegian Epic is actually a pretty cool ship. She’s the precursor to the ground-breaking Norwegian Breakaway, and she was the first Norwegian Cruise Line ship to pioneer the line’s popular Studio Staterooms and the first to truly brand and exploit The Haven, Norwegian’s upscale ship-within-a-ship concept to its full potential.

Yes, it's chilly - but the SVEDKA Ice Bar aboard Norwegian Epic was a pretty "cool" experience. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders
Yes, it’s chilly – but the SVEDKA Ice Bar aboard Norwegian Epic was a pretty “cool” experience. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Some of Epic’s fun features include the Svedka Inniskillin Ice Bar – the first true ice bar at sea, complete with parkas, gloves, and even drink inserts made of solid ice. 

Norwegian Epic's new voyages out of Southampton call on a variety of Mediterranean ports of call, including Malaga, Spain, above. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders
Norwegian Epic’s new voyages out of Southampton call on a variety of Mediterranean ports of call, including Malaga, Spain, above. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

These new sailings were added as part of Norwegian Epic’s program of variable-duration Western Mediterranean itineraries and exotic 10-night Canary Islands and Morocco voyages on offer during the 2015 season.

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