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Published on Wednesday, April 7, 2021

NCL announces restart with first voyages in Europe and the Caribbean

Norwegian Cruise Line announced new itineraries as it plots its return to service in Europe and the Caribbean beginning 25 July 2021.

The cruise line will restart operations at limited capacity with Norwegian Jade, Joy and Gem as the first of its 17-ship fleet to welcome guests back on board.

New seven-day cruises to the Greek Isles on Norwegian Jade from Athens (Piraeus) start on 25 July 2021.

In addition week-long Caribbean itineraries will depart from Montego Bay, Jamaica from 7 August 2021 on Norwegian Joy or from Punta Cana (La Romana), Dominican Republic on Norwegian Gem beginning 15 August 2021.

"Over a year after we initially suspended sailings, the time has finally come when we can provide our guests with news of our cruise comeback," said Norwegian Cruise Line's President and Chief Executive Officer Harry Sommer.

All guests with embarkation dates through 31 October 2021 will be required to be fully vaccinated and tested prior to boarding.

"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," Sommer added.

"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."

Jamaica's Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett welcomed NCL's return to Montego Bay.

"We look forward to welcoming the cruise line back to our shores, and I am confident that this important partnership will aid in our effort to rebuild our tourism sector and boost our economy overall," Bartlett said.

Caribbean itineraries provide guests with up to 11 hours of port time with each sailing, featuring only two days at sea and four distinct ports of call. 

Guests aboard Norwegian Jade's Greek Isles itinerary will wake up in a new destination every day with eight to nine hours of port time to explore.


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