Norwegian Cruise Line has announced its return to service with new itineraries sailing Europe and the Caribbean beginning July 25.
The cruise line will restart operations at a reduced capacity with all new seven-day cruises to the Greek Isles on Norwegian Jade from Athens (Piraeus). It will then commence week-long Caribbean itineraries from Montego Bay, Jamaica as of August 7 on Norwegian Joy or from Punta Cana (La Romana), Dominican Republic on Norwegian Gem, beginning August 15.
“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,” said Norwegian Cruise Line’s President and chief executive officer Harry Sommer. “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.”
Sommer said: “All guests sailing aboard cruises with embarkation dates through October 31, 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 1st 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.”
Its parent company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has launched its SailSAFE Health and Safety program, which includes vaccination requirements, universal Covid-19 testing and enhanced health screening protocols; medical-grade air filtration, increased sanitation measures and enhanced medical resources; and collaboration with land-based tour operator partners to extend health and safety measures to each destination.
Sommer said: “Resuming operations is a comprehensive endeavour, involving many parties around the globe. We are very proud of our collaborations and look forward to deeper partnerships as we forge into the future.”
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