Yes, the wait is almost over! Norwegian Cruise Line announced today they are resuming cruises on July 25, 2021!
Porthole.com is reporting, “It’s been a long time since Norwegian Cruise Line carried passengers on a cruise vacation, but we finally have a date for the company’s restart. Beginning July 25, 2021, Norwegian Cruise Line will resume cruise operations in Europe and the Caribbean on board three ships; Norwegian Joy, Norwegian Jade and Norwegian Gem. The cruise line also canceled all July and August itineraries aboard Norwegian Breakaway, Dawn, Escape, Getaway, Sky, Spirit, Star and Sun.
The first sailings will be seven-day cruises to the Greek Isles on Norwegian Jadefrom Athens (Piraeus) starting July 25th, then on August 7th Norwegian Joy will sail from Montego Bay, Jamaica and on August 15th Norwegian Gem will sail from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
“Over a year after we initially suspended sailings, the time has finally come when we can provide our loyal guests with the news of our great cruise comeback,” said Norwegian Cruise Line’s President and Chief Executive Officer Harry Sommer. “We have been working diligently towards our resumption of operations, focusing on the guest experience with health and safety at the forefront. The growing availability of the COVID-19 vaccine has been a game changer. The vaccine, combined with our science-backed health and safety protocols, will help us provide our guests with what we believe will be the healthiest and safest vacation at sea.”
Norwegian Cruise Line is requiring guests to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to board their ships, at least for now.
“All guests sailing aboard cruises with embarkation dates through Oct. 31, 2021 will be required to be fully vaccinated and tested prior to boarding our ships. Given the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic, the accelerating rollout of the vaccine, and the speed of scientific learnings, it is premature to make decisions about our health and safety protocols for cruises with embarkation dates beginning Nov. 1, 2021. We will continue to evaluate our health and safety protocols and rely on science and our expert council as we make decisions and evolve our policies and procedures.”
While this is great news for cruisers, keep in mind that many Americans are strongly, “anti-vax!” All-inclusive resorts like the Palladium Hotel Group do not require that guests obtain a COVID-19 shot prior to visiting their resorts!
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