Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings announced today that it will restart service in July with cruises from Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Greece with Norwegian Joy, Jade and Gem.
The Jade will sail on seven-day cruises to the Greek islands from Athens starting July 25. Norwegian Joy will sail seven-day itineraries from Montego Bay beginning August 7, and Norwegian Gem will launch service from the Dominican Republic on August 7. day cruises starting August 15.
The Jade Greek Islands program will see a different port call every day, including Iraklion, Rhodes, Mykonos, Olympia, Corfu and Santorini.
Both voyages through the Caribbean each have four ports and two days at sea. Sailing from Montego Bay, Joy’s stopovers include Harvest Caye, Roatan, Cozumel, and Ocho Rios. Sailing from La Romana in the Dominican Republic, the Gem will visit Barbados, Saint Lucia, St. Maarten and Antigua.
Guests wishing to go ashore will need to purchase a Norwegian Cruise Line shore excursion for voyages in July and August. Norwegian said that this policy will be continually evaluated and will modify the requirements accordingly.
The company said the news was part of a two-pronged plan for its long-awaited return to cruise ships this summer, which also includes the proposal the company submitted to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). On April 5, 2021, describing his plan. to restart the cruise from US ports as of July 4 and request the CDC to lift the Conditional Shipping Order.
All initial trips will be conducted with fully vaccinated passengers and crew, in addition to the company’s robust multi-layered SailSAFE health and safety program, which includes universal COVID-19 testing prior to boarding.
The company has also announced the formation of the SailSAFE Global Health and Wellness Council, the company’s public health expert council, chaired by former US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, which will complement the work of the Healthy Sailing Panel (HSP).
“We are excited to reveal our initial plans for the resumption of cruises that embark outside of the US with departures to the Caribbean and Europe. Additionally, we continue to plan for the resumption of cruises from US ports and look forward to further discussion with the CDC regarding our proposal to restart on July 4 to participate in the US national opening. As we prepare for our return to The boating, health and safety of our guests, crew and the communities we visit is our first priority, as evidenced by the establishment of our strong multi-layered SailSAFE health and safety program and our company’s SailSAFE global health. and the Wellness Council, ”said Frank Del Rio, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.
“Safe and highly effective vaccines are a game changer, and to create the safest environment possible, we will require that all guests and crew be vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccine requirements will be combined with multiple additional layers of protection against the introduction of COVID-19, including universal testing, and we will continue to evaluate and modify protocols over time as science dictates. “
Del Rio continued, “The return to cruising has been highly anticipated by our loyal guests, our valued travel partners, the destinations we visit, and our team members around the world. We look forward to once again delivering best-in-class vacation experiences and also restarting our cruise ecosystem, providing a much-needed economic benefit to our home ports and the destinations we visit that have been significantly impacted by cruise disruption. ” .
As Norwegian Cruise Line makes its final preparations to welcome passengers on board, passengers will have the opportunity to follow along with their new documentary series, EMBARK – The Series, which will premiere on April 15 at www.ncl.com / embark and Facebook.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises will announce details about their plans to resume the voyage at a future date. All trips on these brands with boarding dates through July 31, 2021 have been canceled.