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Norwegian Cruise Line Resumes Sailings

Norwegian Cruise Line has officially resumed sailings.

Norwegian Jade set sail on a seven-night cruise from Piraeus, Greece on Sunday, marking the first Norwegian ship to sail since last year. 

Jade is also the first Norwegian ship to ever homeport in Piraeus, which is the cruise port for Athens. The ship’s new itinerary calls on Crete, Rhodes, Mykonos, Corfu, and Argostoli.

Next up, Norwegian Encore is set to kick off the line’s U.S. sailings with seven-night Alaska cruises from Seattle beginning August 7.

STORY: Norwegian Jade Sets Sail, Marks Norwegian Cruise Line’s Return to Service

Disney Cruise Line Updates Health & Safety Protocols

With the announcement that Disney Dream will be resuming Bahamas sailings on August 9, Disney Cruise Line has updated its health and safety protocols.

Vaccinated passengers will not have to undergo pre-cruise testing, but unvaccinated guests will need to take a PCR test prior to the cruise, as well as another rapid test at the terminal. 

All passengers 2 and older will be required to wear masks indoors, regardless of their vaccination status.

On Castaway Cay, masks won’t be required in most areas. Changes on the island include rearranged beach chairs for social distancing, a crew-serviced BBQ, and a temporarily closed kids’ club.

STORY: Disney Cruise Line Announces Testing Requirements, Castaway Cay Protocols

MSC Cruises Takes Delivery of New Flagship

MSC Cruises took delivery of its new flagship on Monday, MSC Seashore. The vessel is the largest cruise ship ever built in Italy, and a small ceremony was held on Monday to celebrate the milestone.

MSC Seashore is the first Seaside EVO ship, an evolution of the Seaside class which includes MSC Seaside and Seaview.

The ship’s inaugural season will be spent in the Mediterranean before she heads to Miami to begin weeklong Caribbean cruises in November.

STORY: MSC Cruises Takes Delivery of Next U.S. Based Ship, Arrives November 2021

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Sarah has been writing about the cruise industry since 2015. She’s been on eight cruises so far, and her favorite onboard activities include trying out the water slides, spending time in the spa’s thermal suite, eating lots of food, and attending the love & marriage show. You can keep up with her over on her Instagram at @IAmSarahJaneB.

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