Norwegian Cruise Line has launched its first season of ex-Amsterdam sailings.

A plaque and key to the Dutch city were presented to Norwegian Perl captain Paul von Knorring last weekend by officials from the Port of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Cruise Port and Passenger Terminal.

The ship’s deployment ensures the line has six ships in Europe for the first time.

Norwegian Pearl will sail 10 to 14-days cruises to the Greek Isles; the Mediterranean; the French, Spanish and Italian Riviera’s from Amsterdam, Barcelona, Spain; and Venice and Rome, Italy, until October 14.

Norwegian Pearl will also host the first European Jon Bon Jovi ‘Runaway To Paradise’ cruise from August 26 to 30.

The sailing from Barcelona to Palma will feature a performance by legendary musician Jon Bon Jovi and the 11-piece Kings of Suburbia band.

Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line, said: “As the only North American cruise line to sail Europe year-round, we are very excited to offer guests new and interesting itineraries full of history, culture and diverse landscapes while they enjoy our various ships in the region, including Norwegian Pearl, which is homeporting in Europe for the first time.”