Norwegian Cruise Line announced that they have added the option of a second embarkation port on 2012 Mediterranean sailings on the Epic. Barcelona will once again be the primary embarkation port, however Norwegian is giving a limited amount of guests the flexibility of embarking three days later in Rome (Civitavecchia). Regardless of where you get on board, both itineraries will visit the same ports of call.
Having the choice of an embarkation port can be a wonderful thing! As you shop for airfare for your cruise, you might find the rates to be more favorable flying into one city as opposed to the other! I would guess flying mid-week instead of a weekend might also be a better deal. Having these different choices to examine can make a big difference in your overall costs, and that’s always a good thing!
In addition, if you would like to take a few days pre-cruise to explore the embarkation city, you can choose the city! If you want a few extra days to stroll Las Ramblas, seek out the quirky architecture of Gaudi or even take a side trip to Madrid, then a cruise from Barcelona makes sense. On the other hand, maybe having that extra time in Rome excites you! A few additional days not only assure you of seeing all the highlights of the city but gives you time to venture a bit further. Tivoli, Hadrian’s Villa, or a beach day at Ostia Lido would be lovely options to think about!
Norwegian Cruise Line now gives guests the convenience of selecting an embarkation port that works best for their vacation aboard the Norwegian Epic Mediterranean itineraries. Options, Flexibility, Choice. Freestyle….it’s what Norwegian Cruise Line is all about!"