Baltic Cruises Are Popular With Leisure Groups

Baltic Cruises Are Popular With Leisure Groups
While Mediterranean voyages have been popular choices for leisure group travel, Baltic cruises are now being added to the bucket list. These sailings included visits to a variety of unique destinations and ports of call with historic and cultural significance. This makes these cruises an excellent choice for affinity groups such as alumni travel programs, faith-based organizations and multigenerational family vacations.

Norwegian Cruise Line has been named “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line” for ten consecutive years by World Travel Awards. To learn more about the growing popularity of the Baltic region, we asked Camille Olivere, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Senior Vice President of Sales, to tell us more about this trend and how Norwegian Cruise Line is responding.

Q. Are Norwegian Cruise Line’s Baltic cruise itineraries growing in popularity?

A. Baltic cruise itineraries are indeed growing in popularity and as a result of the high demand, we are increasing our capacity in the region by deploying Norwegian Getaway this year and Norwegian Breakaway next year. Our guests are truly enjoying everything our big ships can offer in the evenings after their days exploring the Baltic ports of call.

Q. Why are Baltic cruises a great choice for leisure groups?

A. Norwegian offers some of the best Baltic cruise itineraries for leisure groups with port calls on the most popular cities of Denmark, Germany, Russia, Finland and Sweden. With an overnight in Saint Petersburg, Russia, groups will be able to explore the beauty and history of the city in two days. Known as “The Venice of the North,” groups can choose from a wide of variety of shore excursions that highlight many of the cities’ attractions including one of the most prestigious museums in the world, The Hermitage Museum, to the Peterhof, a town of palaces, fountains and parks, to the Peter and Paul Cathedral where guests can find the ancient tombs of Romanov monarchs. During her call in Stockholm, Sweden, Norwegian offers an array of day trips, and groups who want a more intimate and flexible tour can opt in for the “Exclusive Best of Stockholm” excursion; this excursion begins with a panoramic drive through the city, a stop at the City Hall, best known as the site of the Nobel Prize banquet and visit the most historic Swedish warship, ‘Vasa.’ As the capital of Estonia, Tallinn gives travelers a chance to dive into the past and experience the Medieval times with its historic architecture. Groups can take a full day tour where they will drive through Upper Town and pass the ancient walls and tower getaways of Tallinn and stroll through the medieval cobblestone streets for a true culture adventure. As a vibrant seaside city, Helsinki, Finland, is a perfect destination for groups sailing aboard Norwegian. Travelers can experience the traditional Finnish way of life and take a look at the cottages, farmsteads, and manors of the past four centuries. Depending on which itinerary, cruisers will also make stops in Berlin (Rostock) or Berlin (Warnemunde). Embarking and disembarking from Copenhagen or Berlin (Warnemunde), guests can also take advantage of exploring the city before and after their sailing.

Q. What kinds of leisure groups have tended to book Baltic cruises over the past few years?

A. We’ve had a wide variety of affinity groups in the Baltics including multigenerational families and almost any affinity group you can think of including alumni associations, faith-based groups and others. Many of these groups have traveled and cruised before and are adding a Baltic cruise to their bucket list.

Q. Why is Norwegian Cruise Line a great choice for leisure group travel?

A. Norwegian Cruise Line offers groups the freedom and flexibility to customize their ideal cruise vacation according to their needs. This freedom and flexibility begins with Norwegian’s unique dining experiences – providing guests with the most dining options at sea and flavors from around the world to please every palate. Norwegian also offers a wide variety of spacious accommodations and a dedicated group service coordinator to ensure all runs smoothly when aboard the ship. Never falling short of things to do, Norwegian’s fleet provides phenomenal Broadway entertainment, incredible relaxation in the Mandara Spa and exhilarating onboard activities for groups to revel in. With convenient home ports including Miami, New York City and Seattle as well as many European and Asia-Pacific departures, groups from all around will be able to choose a perfect location to set sail for their vacation.

Q. What special programs and incentives does Norwegian Cruise Line offer for group bookings?

A. Norwegian Cruise Line caters to every type of traveler by offering a selection of special discounts for groups that will fit the needs and wants of everyone in the group. From family reunions to bachelor & bachelorette parties, groups can come together with their family and friends for a vacation of a lifetime. Additionally, Norwegian provides wedding and romance cruise vacation packages for those looking to celebrate their love aboard one of our ships.

Groups can choose between two options:

Option 1: For every 14 guests and 7 staterooms, 2 guests cruise free

OR

Option 2: For every 14 guests and 7 staterooms, 1 guest cruises free plus the choice of two from the following amenities:
* Choice of Ultimate Beverage Package (for first and second guest in each stateroom, not available on Norwegian Sky or Pride of America)
* Pre-paid service charges (for first and second guest in each stateroom)
* 250-minute Internet Package per stateroom
* $50 per Port Excursion Credit per stateroom (maximum of four ports)
* Specialty Dining Package (for first and second guest in each stateroom)
* Cocktail Party
* 20 Image Photo Package per stateroom
* $75 OBC per stateroom
* $75 Fundraiser Credit per stateroom
* $75 Bonus Commission per stateroom






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