Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) reveals restart date for cruises

NCL to resume operations from July with Europe and Caribbean sailings

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has revealed its restart dates as it confirmed it will operate itineraries in Europe and the Caribbean this summer.

Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Joy and Norwegian Gem will be the first three ships to be put back into action, starting with Norwegian Jade’s seven-day cruises to the Greek Isles, departing from 25 July.

From 7 August, Norwegian Joy will operate week-long Caribbean itineraries from Montego Bay, Jamaica, while Norwegian Gem will sail from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, from 15 August 2021.

All itineraries will operate with a reduced capacity and guests will need to be fully vaccinated to board.

NCL president and CEO Harry Sommer said: “Over a year after we initially suspended sailings, the time has finally come when we can provide our loyal guests with the news of our great cruise comeback.

“We have been working diligently towards our resumption of operations, focusing on the guest experience with health and safety at the forefront.

“The growing availability of the Covid-19 vaccine has been a game changer. The vaccine, combined with our science-backed health and safety protocols, will help us provide our guests with what we believe will be the healthiest and safest vacation at sea.

“All guests sailing aboard cruises with embarkation dates through 31 October 2021 will be required to be fully vaccinated and tested prior to boarding our ships.

“Given the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic, the accelerating rollout of the vaccine, and the speed of scientific learnings, it is premature to make decisions about our health and safety protocols for cruises with embarkation dates beginning 1 November 2021.

“We will continue to evaluate our health and safety protocols and rely on science and our expert council as we make decisions and evolve our policies and procedures.”

NCL has cancelled all July and August itineraries aboard Norwegian Breakaway, Dawn, Escape, Getaway, Sky, Spirit, Star and Sun.

In addition, voyages on Norwegian Epic through to 1 September 2021 and Norwegian Pearl through 7 November 2021 have also been cancelled.

The line’s peace of mind cancellation policy has been extended to cruises booked by 30 April 2021 with embarkation dates through to 31 October 2021. With this, guests can cancel their cruise 15 days prior to departure.

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