Company’s Great Cruise Comeback, NCL’s Newest Innovative Ship – Norwegian Encore – to Debut in Seattle on Aug. 7, 2021
Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), the innovator in global cruise travel with a 54-year history of breaking boundaries, announced additional voyages scheduled to set sail from New York, Los Angeles, Port Canaveral, Fla., and Miami.
As part of its relaunch plan, the Cruise Line has announced its highly anticipated return to Miami, the Cruise Capital of the World, with Norwegian Gem scheduled to cruise seven-day itineraries to the Caribbean beginning Aug. 15, 2021, and a four-day voyage to the Bahamas in November. The Company has also opened for sale additional itineraries to Bermuda starting Sept. 26, 2021, from New York on Norwegian Breakaway; the Mexican Riviera on Oct. 24, 2021, from Los Angeles aboard Norwegian Bliss; and the Caribbean on Nov. 13, 2021, from Port Canaveral, Fla. on Norwegian Escape. In addition, Norwegian Encore, the newest ship in the fleet, will make her debut on the West Coast, replacing the previously announced Norwegian Bliss in Seattle for the 2021 summer cruise season, calling to the Alaskan ports of Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, and Icy Strait Point, while also offering guests majestic views of Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier or Glacier Bay. Guests and travel partners with impacted reservations will be contacted directly. All voyages in the U.S. are contingent on receiving authorization from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Last week, the Company announced its redeployment plans for the following ships:
- Norwegian Joy will cruise from Miami beginning Oct. 19, 2021, with five to 11-day Caribbean voyages.
- Norwegian Breakaway will cruise seven-day itineraries to Bermuda from New York beginning Sept. 26, 2021.
- Pride of America will offer seven-day Hawaii interisland voyages from Honolulu beginning Nov. 6, 2021.
- Norwegian Bliss will cruise from Los Angeles for seven-day Mexican Riviera voyages beginning Oct. 24, 2021.
- Norwegian Encore will offer seven-night itineraries from Miami to the Caribbean beginning Nov. 14, 2021.
- Beginning Nov. 13, 2021, Norwegian Escape will cruise for the first time from Orlando (Port Canaveral), Fla., offering seven-day itineraries to the Caribbean.
- Norwegian Pearl will sail from Miami offering Panama Canal, Bahamas, and Caribbean cruises beginning Dec. 23, 2021.
- Beginning Jan. 20, 2022, 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 Jan. 28, 2022, offering a five-day Japan itinerary from Hong Kong, before sailing a variety of 11-day cruises from Hong Kong, Singapore, and Bangkok.
- Norwegian Spirit will cruise 12-day Australia and New Zealand voyages from Sydney, and Auckland, New Zealand beginning Feb. 9, 2022.
“I’m very proud that we continue to redeploy our fleet methodically. Our efforts to resume cruising safely will continue to be slow and steady, guided by the science-backed protocols of our Sail Safe health and safety program and in collaboration with our destination partners as well as with a variety of governing bodies. With these additional itineraries, we’re providing travelers with more opportunities to set sail from some of their favorite homeports and to some of their preferred destinations,” said Harry Sommer, president, and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “We are very excited to sail in the U.S. again and to sail first with our latest beautiful ship Norwegian Encore. We’re able to reintroduce her to our guests and invite them to experience her world-class offerings, as she makes her debut in Seattle and Alaska,” he added.
Working with the leading experts of the Sail Safe Global Health and Wellness Council, the robust protocols will regularly be evaluated and modified as needed, making science-based decisions to protect guests, crew, and the destinations NCL visits. As protocols evolve and additional information becomes available, updates will be published at www.ncl.com/sail-safe.
The Cruise Line’s Peace of Mind cancelation policy remains in effect for 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, the Company recently extended its 60-day final payment requirement to all voyages with embarkations through Dec. 31, 2021, instead of the standard 70 days, allowing for more flexible payment terms.