Norwegian Cruise Line returns to sea

After 500 days of suspension, Norwegian Jade, will be the first ship in the NCL fleet to sail again. Norwegian Cruise Line officially celebrated its long-awaited return to cruising with a double debut: Norwegian Jade was the first ship in the fleet to welcome guests back after 500 days of lay-up and the first ship in the company’s history to set sail from Athens (Piraeus).

Until November 2021, guests who choose the ‘Greek Islands itinerary on board Norwegian Jade will wake up each morning in a different destination, where they can spend eight to nine hours, exploring some of Greece’s most picturesque islands, including the luxurious Crete, vibrant Mykonos, historic Rhodes and the iconic blue and white Santorini.

“Welcoming our guests and crew back on board has been one of the most memorable moments of my 30-year career,” Harry Sommer, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, said.

Greek Minister of Tourism, Harry Theoharis added: “We are delighted to welcome Norwegian Jade and her guests to Greece. The planned itineraries will offer unique experiences that combine our rich history, vibrant culture and renowned cuisine.” Norwegian Jade’s positioning in Athens is part of a long-term strategy to further enhance NCL’s presence in Europe.

Norwegian Jade is the first ship to resume cruise voyages as part of NCL’s comprehensive restart plan. On August 7, 2021, Norwegian Encore will be the first ship to return to service in the United States, when she debuts in Seattle for the inaugural Alaska cruise season.

The fleet-wide redeployment will continue in partnership with local governments and will be guided by the strident protocols set out in the company’s Sail Safe health and safety programme, which requires all crew and guests to be fully vaccinated in order to embark on voyages until 31 October 2021.

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Emanuela Daniele