While some details are yet to be hammered out, Norwegian Cruise Line has announced plans for seven of their ships to sail from a variety of U.S. ports in the coming months.
In addition, the line also revealed plans for three other ships to sail out of locations such as Panama City, Hong Kong, Australia, and New Zealand.
The cruise line has also announced several cancellations, most of which are due to the lead time needed to prepare ships to sail under the new protocols.
Today’s announcement follows Norwegian’s deployment of three ships that were announced in early April.
500 Days Later
“When we first welcome our guests aboard Norwegian Jade this July, it will be exactly 500 days since our ships last sailed,” said Harry Sommer, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line. “I am so happy that we’re finally getting back to what we love the most, and I’m very proud that we continue to redeploy our fleet methodically.”
He added that the company had “always said we wouldn’t rush to sail again, but that we’d get back to it when we felt we could do so safely while maintaining our incomparable guest experience.”
So which ships are sailing from what ports… and to where?
- Norwegian Joy will cruise from Miami beginning Oct. 19, 2021 with five to 11-day Caribbean voyages.
- Norwegian Breakaway will cruise seven-day itineraries to Bermuda from New York beginning Oct. 24, 2021.
- Pride of America will offer seven-day Hawaii interisland voyages from Honolulu beginning Nov. 6, 2021.
- Norwegian Bliss will cruise from Los Angeles for seven-day Mexican Riviera voyages beginning Nov. 7, 2021.
- Norwegian Encore will offer seven-night itineraries from Miami to the Caribbean beginning Nov. 14, 2021.
- Beginning Nov. 20, 2021, Norwegian Escape will cruise for the first time from Port Canaveral, Florida, offering seven-day itineraries to the Caribbean.
- Norwegian Pearl will sail from Miami offering Panama Canal, Bahamas, and Caribbean cruises beginning Dec. 23, 2021.
- Beginning Jan. 20, 2022, Norwegian Jewel will be the first ship in the fleet to offer roundtrip Panama Canal cruises from Panama City (Colón and Fuerte Amador).
- Norwegian Sun will sail for the first time in Asia beginning Jan. 28, 2022, offering a five-day Japan itinerary from Hong Kong, before sailing a variety of 11-day cruises from Hong Kong, Singapore, and Bangkok.
- Norwegian Spirit will cruise 12-day Australia and New Zealand voyages from Sydney, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand beginning Feb. 9, 2022.
There are, of course, still details to be worked out. The full slate of health and safety protocols that will be implemented during sailings has not yet been announced, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not fully signed off on sailings.
Also, although Norwegian Cruise Line has plans to sail ships out of Florida, there is still the question of whether they will be able to do so under the state’s current vaccination policies. While the cruise line has said they plan to require proof of vaccination, Florida recently passed legislation that would make doing so illegal.
Which Sailings Are Canceled
Norwegian says that as part of this redeployment plan, they’ve had to cancel the following sailings:
- All Pride of America sailings through October 30, 2021
- All Norwegian Escape sailings through November 2, 2021
- All Norwegian Jewel sailings through January 9, 2022
- All Norwegian Pearl sailings through December 7, 2021
- All Norwegian Spirit sailings through January 28, 2022
- All Norwegian Sun sailings through January 18, 2022
- The October 24, 2021 Norwegian Bliss itinerary