Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) continues its Great Cruise Comeback with the redeployment of Norwegian Epic and Norwegian Getaway in the Mediterranean. A third of NCL’s fleet of 17 ships are now back in operation, welcoming guests back on board after the company’s more than 500-day cruise suspension.
Norwegian Epic, the fourth ship in the company’s fleet to resume operations, successfully completed its first voyage to Spain and Italy from Barcelona. During the 7-day sailing, Norwegian Epic called to Livorno, the gateway to the Renaissance heritage of Tuscany and Florence, Rome (Civitavecchia), Naples, Cagliari (Sardinia) and Palma (Mallorca).
Harry Sommer, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line, said: “It has been exhilarating to watch our Great Cruise Comeback unfold over these past three months with a third of our fleet now back, offering unforgettable vacation experiences.”
Sommer continued: “The joy of reuniting with our shipboard families and welcoming our guests back on board will never grow old. Being able to return to one of our most popular homeports in Europe, debuting the recently refurbished The Haven by Norwegian aboard Norwegian Epic, is a testament to our unwavering commitment to extraordinary quality and elevating the standard of excellence across our fleet.”
NCL restarted its cruise operations on July 25, 2021 following a more than 500-day suspension, with Norwegian Jade launching seven-day itineraries to the Greek Isles.
The company’s fleetwide redeployment will continue in partnership with local governments and are guided by the robust protocols of the line’s Sail Safe health and safety program, which at its cornerstone includes that all crew and guests must be fully vaccinated to embark for voyages through 31st December 2021.
Working with the leading experts of the SailSAFE Global Health and Wellness Council, NCL’s protocols will be regularly evaluated and modified as needed, making science-based decisions to protect guests, crew and the destinations it visits.
As protocols evolve and additional information becomes available, updates will be published at www.ncl.com/sail-safe.