Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) unveiled details of a further restart of operations in Europe from the homeports of Barcelona and Rome with previously scheduled port-intensive itineraries to the Mediterranean and Greek Isles beginning Sept. 5, 2021.
Guided by the protocols of the Sail Safe Global Health and Safety Program, and in partnership with local governments, NCL plans to welcome travellers aboard the Norwegian Epic from Barcelona for seven-night Western Mediterranean sailings from Sept. 5, 2021 through Oct. 24, 2021; while the Norwegian Getaway will operate a mix of 10 to 11-day Greek Isles cruises from Rome (Civitavecchia) from Sept. 13, 2021 to Oct. 25, 2021.
Harry Sommer, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line, said that: “Europe is a top travel destination, so we are very much looking forward to returning to some of our most beloved homeports, resuming those itineraries and welcoming our guests to experience a vacation of a lifetime in the safest possible manner.”
Sommer continued: “We are actively working with our local partners and government officials, as we plan for resumption of voyages in the region with Norwegian Epic and Getaway joining Norwegian Jade this summer. Relaunching Norwegian Epic and Getaway will allow us to provide a greater variety of highly sought-after itineraries for those travelers preparing to take their first cruise vacation in over a year.”
As a result of the newly announced redeployment, NCL has cancelled all voyages on Norwegian Bliss and Pride of America through July 31, 2021; Norwegian Getaway through Sept. 2, 2021; Norwegian Dawn, Spirit and Star through Sept. 30, 2021; Norwegian Sun through Oct. 7, 2021; Norwegian Escape through Oct. 10, 2021; Norwegian Breakaway through Oct. 17, 2021; and Norwegian Gem from Oct. 29 through Nov. 17, 2021.
Guests and travel partners with impacted reservations will be contacted directly.
NCL has announced the redeployment of five of its 17 ships beginning as early as July 25, 2021, sailing new and revised itineraries in Europe and The Caribbean, as part of its return to service plans.
Guests will be able to cruise the Greek Isles with seven-night itineraries on Norwegian Jade from Athens (Piraeus) beginning July 25, 2021; or aboard Norwegian Getaway with 10 to 11-day voyages departing from Rome (Civitavecchia) from Sept. 13, 2021 to Oct. 25, 2021.
In addition, week-long Western Mediterranean itineraries will be available on Norwegian Epic from Barcelona between Sept. 5, 2021 through Oct. 24, 2021.
The company will also resume cruises to The Caribbean on Aug. 7, 2021 with week-long Western Caribbean itineraries aboard Norwegian Joy from Montego Bay, Jamaica; and seven-night Eastern Caribbean voyages from Punta Cana (La Romana), Dominican Republic on Norwegian Gem.
As these first ships prepare to welcome guests back on board, the company looks forward to announcing further redeployments in the near future.
As well, the cruise line also extended its temporary Peace of Mind cancelation policy to guests sailing on cruises with embarkation dates through Oct. 31, 2021. These guests have the flexibility to cancel their cruise 15 days prior to departure. Those who take advantage of the Peace of Mind policy will receive a full refund in the form of a future cruise credit which may be applied to any sailing through Dec. 31, 2022.
In addition, final payment for all voyages with embarkations through Oct. 31, 2021, will require payment 60 days prior to embarkation versus the standard 120 days.