(3:10 p.m. GMT) — Cruise Critic members have — in the main — welcomed Norwegian Cruise Line’s return to the U.K. next year.
Norwegian will base the 2,400-passenger Norwegian Jade in Southampton from May to October 2017.
However some members questioned why the line had decided to base one of its biggest and newest ships — the 4,028-passenger Norwegian Getaway — in Denmark for the same period.
Huntingdon1701: “This is great news. I was planning to do Scandinavia and the studios (and al other amenities) will add so much to it. Plus there is the chance of affordable short breaks from Southampton in the Jade. It’s like Christmas all over again.”
Cruiser Bruiser wrote on the Cruise Critic message boards: “I’m super excited about Getaway sailing the Baltic. I’ve wanted to do that itinerary for awhile, and now I can do it in a studio cabin. The alternative was a sailing on Koningsdam, which I’m sure would have been much more expensive. Thanks, Norwegian, for shuffling the ships!”
However, Dale Edington said: “No market in UK Southampton Is not a good location as it’s mostly cheaper for people to get to Europe than travel to go via uk and avoid cold salling days to get to the med.”
Over on our Facebook page Trevor Linton said: “Best thing they have done in years – we are from the UK and it will almost certainly bring us back on NCL for 2017 after a couple of years on RCCL.”
Wendy Stuart: “Ncl really do need an ex uk departure. Good competition for rccl.”
Jade will offer four-, seven and nine-night sailings to Hamburg, Amsterdam, Zeebrugge, France and the Norwegian fjords from May 12, 2017 to October 16, 2017.
Meanwhile, Miami-based Norwegian Getaway will also be offering Baltic cruises from Warnemunde and Copenhagen. Reactions, however, weren’t entirely in favour of the changes, one user suggesting it could push up prices of Caribbean cruises and others thinking they could have been better deployed elsewhere.
Member Maxwell 27: “It does decrease the number of berths in the Caribbean in the summer, so prices likely to remain firm or increase.”
On Facebook Maciej Majek wrote: “Getaway should be in Barcelona as much as I love epic something new would be great.”