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Norwegian Cruise Line Declares Return to Cruising with First Voyages in Europe and the Caribbean

– Choose Greek Isles and Caribbean Itineraries Now Open for Sale –

– New SailSAFE Well being and Security Program and International Well being and Wellness Council Underpin Firm’s Return to Operations –

– Friends Can Observe the Nice Cruise Comeback through NCL’s ‘EMBARK – The Sequence’ Starting April 15, 2021

MIAMI, April 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Norwegian Cruise Line, the innovator in world cruise journey, right this moment introduced its extremely anticipated return to service, with new itineraries crusing Europe and The Caribbean starting July 25, 2021.

The Cruise Line will restart operations at a lowered capability with Norwegian Jade, Pleasure and Gem as the primary of its 17-ship fleet to welcome company again on board. Vacationers long-awaiting a return to cruise could have the chance to spend the summer time exploring historic ruins and sunny seashores with all new seven-day cruises to the Greek Isles on Norwegian Jade from Athens (Piraeus) starting July 25, 2021. They’ll additionally island hop with week-long Caribbean itineraries out there from Montego Bay, Jamaica as of Aug. 7, 2021 on Norwegian Pleasure or from Punta Cana (La Romana), Dominican Republic on Norwegian Gem starting Aug. 15, 2021.

“Over a 12 months after we initially suspended sailings, the time has lastly come once we can present our loyal company with the information of our nice cruise comeback,” stated Norwegian Cruise Line’s President and Chief Govt Officer Harry Sommer. “We’ve been working diligently in the direction of our resumption of operations, specializing in the visitor expertise with well being and security on the forefront. The rising availability of the COVID-19 vaccine has been a recreation changer. The vaccine, mixed with our science-backed well being and security protocols, will assist us present our company with what we imagine would be the healthiest and most secure trip at sea.”

Sommer continued, “All company crusing aboard cruises with embarkation dates by Oct. 31, 2021 will probably be required to be absolutely vaccinated and examined previous to boarding our ships. Given the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic, the accelerating rollout of the vaccine, and the pace of scientific learnings, it’s untimely to make selections about our well being and security protocols for cruises with embarkation dates starting Nov. 1, 2021. We are going to proceed to judge our well being and security protocols and depend on science and our professional council as we make selections and evolve our insurance policies and procedures.” 

Whereas the Cruise Line already had sturdy well being and security protocols in place, it has spent the previous 12 months additional growing and refining these protocols, utilizing the newest scientific findings and professional recommendation. Yesterday, its mother or father firm Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings launched its SailSAFE Well being and Security program, which is based on three pillars: 1) Security for company and crew with vaccination necessities, common COVID-19 testing and enhanced well being screening protocols; 2) Security aboard with medical-grade air filtration, elevated sanitation measures and enhanced medical sources; and three) Security ashore by the collaboration with land-based tour operator companions to increase well being and security measures to every vacation spot.  As protocols evolve and extra data turns into out there, updates will probably be revealed at www.ncl.com/sail-safe.    

At the moment, the Firm additionally introduced its SailSAFE International Well being and Wellness Council (“the Council”) comprised of six specialists on the forefront of their fields. Led by Chairman Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former Commissioner of the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration (“FDA”) and Co-Chair of the Wholesome Sail Panel, which was fashioned to information the cruise business’s protected resumption of operations, the Council’s work will complement the Wholesome Sail Panel initiative and can give attention to the implementation, compliance with and steady enchancment of well being and security protocols throughout the Firm’s operations. Extra data is obtainable right here.

Friends have the chance to comply with alongside because the Firm makes its closing preparations to welcome company on board with its new docuseries, EMBARK – The Sequence, premiering April 15 at 8 p.m. at www.ncl.com/embark and Fb. 

The Cruise Line has been working intently with vacation spot companions and others to assist present not solely a protected trip however an distinctive expertise for company.

Sommer stated, “Resuming operations is a complete endeavor, involving many events across the globe. We’re very pleased with our collaborations and stay up for deeper partnerships as we forge into the longer term.”

In welcoming the announcement Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett stated, “I’m very happy that Norwegian Cruise Line has chosen Jamaica as one of many first locations on the planet that it’ll go to when it resumes service. We stay up for welcoming the Cruise Line again to our shores, and I’m assured that this necessary partnership will help in our effort to rebuild our tourism sector and increase our economic system total. Jamaica is prepared for the return of cruise tourism and we’ve sturdy protocols in place to make sure a protected, seamless and safe expertise.” 

These new Caribbean itineraries present company with ten to 11 hours of port time with every crusing that includes solely two days at sea and 4 distinct ports of name.  As well as, company embarking on voyages from Montego Bay, Jamaica on Norwegian Pleasure will get pleasure from a go to to Harvest Caye, the Firm’s personal resort vacation spot in Belize.

In response to the Cruise Line’s announcement that it could sail to Punta Cana for the primary time in its historical past, President Luis Abinader of the Dominican Republic expressed his appreciation by saying, “From the very first day, we have been dedicated to taking all the crucial actions to assist the restoration of our tourism sector.  The Cruise Line’s presence this summer time reaffirms our dedication to offering a protected vacation spot for vacationers. We thank NCL for placing its belief in our nation.”

Friends crusing aboard Norwegian Jade’s Greek Isles itinerary this summer time and starting of fall will get up in a brand new vacation spot day-after-day with eight to 9 hours of port time to discover.

The Greek Minister of Tourism Harry Theoharis stated, ”We warmly welcome the announcement of Norwegian Cruise Line restarting its cruises from Greece. The range and wealthy shade of all our locations along with our lengthy historical past, distinctive tradition, and well-known gastronomy will guarantee a exceptional expertise for all company. In 2020, we safely opened tourism and we’re working to proceed to do the identical this 12 months, so vacationers go residence with reminiscences that they’re proud to share and that final a lifetime.”

At the side of its return to service announcement, the Cruise Line right this moment canceled all July and August itineraries aboard Norwegian Breakaway, Daybreak, Escape, Getaway, Sky, Spirit, Star and Solar. As well as, voyages aboard Norwegian Epic by Sept. 1, 2021; and Norwegian Pearl by Nov. 7, 2021 have additionally been canceled. Friends and Journey Companions with impacted reservations will probably be contacted instantly.

The Cruise Line additionally prolonged its non permanent Peace of Thoughts cancelation coverage to company crusing on cruises booked by April 30, 2021 with embarkation dates by Oct. 31, 2021. These company have the flexibleness to cancel their cruise 15 days previous to departure. Those that reap the benefits of the Peace of Thoughts coverage will obtain a full refund within the type of a future cruise credit score which can be utilized to any crusing by Dec. 31, 2022. As well as, closing cost for all voyages with embarkations by Oct. 31, 2021, would require cost 60 days previous to embarkation versus the usual 120 days. 

Vacationers in search of the newest particulars about Norwegian’s redeployment can register right here.

For extra details about the Firm’s award-winning 17-ship fleet and worldwide itineraries, or to e-book a cruise, please contact a journey skilled, name 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784) or go to www.ncl.com.

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About Norwegian Cruise Line
Because the innovator in world cruise journey, Norwegian Cruise Line has been breaking the boundaries of conventional cruising for 54 years. Most notably, the cruise line revolutionized the business by providing company the liberty and suppleness to design their best trip on their most well-liked schedule with no assigned eating and leisure occasions and no formal costume codes. At the moment, its fleet of 17 modern ships sail to over 300 of the world’s most fascinating locations, together with Nice Stirrup Cay, the corporate’s personal island within the Bahamas and its resort vacation spot Harvest Caye in Belize.  Norwegian Cruise Line not solely gives superior visitor service from land to sea, but in addition provides all kinds of award-winning leisure and eating choices in addition to a variety of lodging throughout the fleet, together with solo-traveler staterooms, mini-suites, spa-suites and The Haven by Norwegian®, the corporate’s ship-within-a-ship idea. For extra data or to e-book a cruise, contact a journey skilled, name 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784) or go to www.ncl.com. For the newest information and unique content material, go to the media heart and comply with Norwegian Cruise line on Fb, Instagram and YouTube @NorwegianCruiseLine; and Twitter and Snapchat @CruiseNorwegian.

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