Norwegian Cruise Line Announces Return in Europe
Today, Norwegian Cruise Line announced that it would officially resume sailing operations in Europe beginning this September. The line will homeport in Barcelona and Rome (Civitavecchia) sailing previously scheduled port-intensive itineraries to the Mediterranean and Greek Isles beginning on September 5, 2021.
Norwegian Epic will sail seven-night Western Mediterranean itineraries round trip from Barcelona from September 5, 2021 - October 24, 2021. The Norwegian Getaway will sail round trip from Rome offering 10- and 11-day Greek Isles cruises. All cruises on these itineraries will offer five to eight ports of call, with up to 13 hours in each destination visited.
"Europe is a top travel destination, so we are very much looking forward to returning to some of our most beloved homeports, resuming those itineraries and welcoming our guests to experience a vacation of a lifetime in the safest possible manner," said Harry Sommer, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. "We are actively working with our local partners and government officials, as we plan for resumption of voyages in the region with Norwegian Epic and Getaway joining Norwegian Jade this summer. Relaunching Norwegian Epic and Getaway will allow us to provide a greater variety of highly sought-after itineraries for those travelers preparing to take their first cruise vacation in over a year."
All of these newly announced sailings from Norwegian will follow the line’s SailSAFE Health and Safety program guidelines which include the following:
1) Safety for guests and crew with vaccination requirements, universal COVID-19 testing, and enhanced health screening protocols.
2) Safety aboard with medical-grade air filtration, increased sanitation measures, and enhanced medical resources.
3) Safety ashore through the collaboration with land-based tour operator partners to extend health and safety measures to each destination.
The line will officially debut an all-new The Haven on Norwegian Epic, following an extensive refurbishment to the complex. Passengers choosing to stay in this new space can choose from 75 reimagined and upgraded suites, as well as enjoy newly redesigned spaces including The Haven Restaurant and The Haven Courtyard Pool and Sundeck. Norwegian Epic was the first in the fleet to debut the line’s ‘ship-within-a-ship’ concept in 2010, which features private amenities, dedicated services and luxurious accommodations.
Earlier this month, Norwegian Cruise Line announced it will resume operations in North America this Summer offering Caribbean-only itineraries. Starting August 7, 2021, the line will offer week-long Caribbean itineraries on Norwegian Joy from Montego Bay, Jamaica. The Norwegian Gem will also begin offering roundtrip week-long Caribbean cruises from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic starting August 15, 2021. Both of these itineraries include only two at-sea days and will spend ten to eleven hours in each port of call.