Published on : Saturday, May 29, 2021
Norwegian Cruise Line recently unveiled plans for a substantial return to operations from United States and international ports this autumn. The news follows confirmation of resumption in sailings from Seattle to Alaska planned for August. Guests will once again be able to sail aboard Norwegian Breakaway, Encore, Escape, Pearl, Jewel, Sun, Spirit and Pride of America later in the year.
Trips will be on offer to explore Hawaii, the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Asia and much more. Voyages expected to operate in the United States are contingent on obtaining a Conditional Sailing Certificate from the Centres for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). Norwegian Joy will cruise from Miami beginning October 19, with five to 11-day Caribbean voyages. Norwegian Breakaway will cruise seven-day itineraries to Bermuda from New York beginning October 24.
Pride of America will offer seven-day Hawaii interisland voyages from Honolulu beginning November 6. Norwegian Bliss will cruise from Los Angeles for seven-day Mexican Riviera voyages beginning November 7. Norwegian Encore will offer seven-night itineraries from Miami to the Caribbean beginning November 14. Beginning November 20, Norwegian Escape will also cruise for the first time from Orlando (Port Canaveral), offering seven-day itineraries to the Caribbean.
Meanwhile, Norwegian Pearl will sail from Miami offering Panama Canal, Bahamas and Caribbean cruises beginning December 23. Starting on January 20 next year, Norwegian Jewel will be the first ship in the fleet to offer roundtrip Panama Canal cruises from Panama City (Colón and Fuerte Amador). Norwegian Sun will sail for the first time in Asia beginning January 28, offering a five-day Japan itinerary from Hong Kong, before sailing a variety of 11-day cruises from Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok.
Finally, Norwegian Spirit will cruise 12-day Australia and New Zealand voyages from Sydney, and Auckland, New Zealand beginning February 9. The cruise line has also mentioned that further redeployments will be announced in the near future. In line with the redeployment announcement, the line has cancelled all voyages on Pride of America until October 30. Norwegian Escape will also not sail before November 2; Norwegian Jewel will be out of action until January 9 and Norwegian Pearl has seen all voyages cancelled until December 7.
Lastly, Norwegian Spirit would not return before January 28; Norwegian Sun through to January 18 and Norwegian Bliss until October 24. Harry Sommer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Norwegian Cruise Line said in a statement that when the company first welcomed guests aboard Norwegian Jade on July, it will be exactly 500 days since the ships last sailed.
He mentioned that he is extremely happy to see the cruise line finally getting back to what it loves the most, and is very proud that cruise line will continue to redeploy the fleet methodically. He shared that Norwegian has always said that it would not rush to sail again, but that it will get back to when it can do so safely while maintaining the incomparable guest experience.