Double premiere for Ncl which returns to operations with the Jade: first ship in the fleet to leave after 500 days and first unit of the company to set sail from Athens. Until November 2021, guests choosing this itinerary will wake up each morning in a different destination, exploring some of Greece’s most picturesque islands, including Crete, Mykonos, Rhodes and Santorini. “Welcoming our guests and crew back on board was one of the most memorable moments of my 30-year career,” said Norwegian Cruise Line’s president and CEO. Harry Sommer.
The positioning of Jade in Athens is also part of a long-term strategy which aims to further increase the presence of Ncl in Europe. By 2023, the company plans to place nine ships in the Old Continent, con le Norwegian Dawn, Epic, Escape, Getaway, Gem, Jade e Star. “Jade’s first Greek island cruises sold out shortly after we announced our return to service – Sommer added -. With such strong demand, we are delighted to expand our offer to the Hellenic destination with seven ships until 2023 ”.
On 7 August 2021 it will therefore be the turn of the restart of the Encore: first ship to return to service in the United States, when it debuts in Seattle for the inaugural season of Alaska cruises. The redeployment of the entire fleet will continue in collaboration with local governments and will be guided by the protocols of the health and safety program Sail Safe of the company, which provides that all crew and guests must be fully vaccinated to be able to embark for journeys until 31 October 2021.
Finally, the Peace of Mind cancellation policy remains in force for departures until October 31, 2021. Guests who have booked on these itineraries have the option to cancel their trip 15 days before the cruise starts and will receive a full refund in the form of an FCC voucher, which can be applied to any itinerary until December 31, 2022.