Miami. April 7. Just a day after its parent company sent a letter to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control proposing that it be allowed to start cruising out of U.S. ports in July, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) said it will return to service with new itineraries sailing Europe and the Caribbean beginning July 25, 2021, restarting operations at a reduced capacity with Norwegian Jade, Joy and Gem as the first of its 17-ship fleet to welcome guests back on board.
“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 Harry Sommer, NCL’s president and CEO (see video above). “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 Oct. 31, 2021 will be required to be fully vaccinated and tested prior to boarding. Given the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic, the accelerating rollout of the vaccine, and the speed of scientific findings, Sommer said it was premature to make decisions about health and safety protocols for cruises after that date.
Source: Insider Travel Report