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NCL announces new 2021 cruises as Virgin Voyages further delays launch

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced its return to service, with new itineraries sailing in Europe and the Caribbean.

The cruise line will restart cruises, at a reduced capacity, with Norwegian, Jade, Joy and Gem.

All July and August cruises on Norwegian Breakaway, Dawn, Escape, Getaway, Sky, Spirit, Star and Sun are cancelled.

Cruises on Norwegian Epic to 1 September and Norwegian Pearl to 7 November, have also been cancelled.

Guests on cancelled cruises will be contacted directly, said NCL.

 

What’s new?  

NCL is offering new seven-day cruises to the Greek Isles on Norwegian Jade from Athens (Piraeus) from 25 July, seven-day cruises from Jamaica’s Montego Bay from 7 August on Norwegin Joy or from Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic on Norwegian Gem from 15 August.

The time has finally come when we can provide our loyal guests with the news of our great cruise comeback – NCL President and Chief Executive Officer Harry Sommer.

NCL said the Covid vaccine, combined with new health and safety protocols, will help it provide ‘the healthiest and safest vacation at sea’.

Meanwhile, Virgin Voyages has apparently cancelled its maiden voyage on Scarlet Lady until 18 September.

 

Does NCL require passengers to be vaccinated?

All NCL guests will have to be fully vaccinated and tested for Covid on sailings up to 31 October.

“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 1 Novembe,” it said.

“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.”

NCL says it has spent the past year further developing health and safety measures. But it hasn’t confirmed if crew, as well as guests, will be vaccinated against Covid.

 

Will port excursions to allowed?

NCL’s new Caribbean itineraries provide guests with 10 to 11 hours of port time with each sailing featuring only two days at sea and four ports of call.

In addition, cruises from Montego Bay, Jamaica on Norwegian Joy include a visit to Harvest Caye, the cruise line’s private resort in Belize.

Guests on Norwegian Jade’s Greek Isles cruises this summer and autumn will wake up in a new destination every day with eight to nine hours of port time to explore.

 

Isn’t it risky to book a cruise?

NCL has extended its temporary Peace of Mind cancelation policy, which allows you to cancel your cruise up to 15 days before departure as long as you book before 30 April to travel no later than 31 October.

However, the policy does not allow for refunds, instead, you’ll get a Future Cruise Credit to rebook any cruise up to 31 December 2022.

Only if the cruise is cancelled by NCL will automatically receive a full refund.

Linsey McNeill

A journalist and travel writer of 35 years' standing, a once-a-week yogi, terrible skier and out-of-order mum to 2 teens. Previously Editor of TravelMole.com, bylines also include The Telegraph, The Times, The Observer, the London Evening Standard, Which? and The South China Morning Post.

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