US cruises are contingent on obtaining a conditional sailing certificate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All initial voyages will operate with crew and passengers fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
'Our great cruise comeback continues to build momentum with today’s announcement of the return of 15 additional ships across our three brands,' said Frank Del Rio, president and CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. He added 'incredible pent-up demand' for future cruises continues.
NCL cancels Montego Bay
Due to the lead time needed to restart a ship and in order to maximize the previously announced short Alaska cruise season, NCL made the decision to transfer crew from Norwegian Joy to Alaska and canceled Joy's cruises from Montego Bay, Jamaica, scheduled from Aug. 7 through Oct. 9.
Adds cruises from US, Asia, Australia
NCL's newly announced plans include, from Miami: Norwegian Joy beginning Oct. 19 with five- to 11-day Caribbean voyages, Norwegian Encore with seven-night itineraries from Nov. 14 and Norwegian Pearl offering Panama Canal, Bahamas and Caribbean cruises beginning Dec. 23.
Norwegian Escape will cruise seven-day itineraries to the Caribbean from Port Canaveral beginning Nov. 20.
Norwegian Breakaway will begin weeklong sailings from New York to Bermuda Oct. 24. Norwegian Jewel will offer Panama Canal cruises from Panama City and New York beginning Jan. 20.
In Hawaii, Pride of America will sail weekly interisland voyages from Honolulu beginning Nov. 6.
Norwegian Bliss will cruise from Los Angeles on seven-day Mexican Riviera trips beginning Nov. 7.
Norwegian Sun will sail a five-day Japan itinerary from Hong Kong Jan. 28 before undertaking a variety of 11-day cruises from Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok.
And Norwegian Spirit will cruise 12-day Australia/New Zealand voyages from Sydney and Auckland beginning Feb. 9.
Besides Montego Bay, certain other sailings outside of these newly announced ones have been canceled and passengers are being contacted.
Oceania Cruises adds Sirena, Riviera, Insignia restarts
Oceania Cruises added cruises on Sirena, Riviera and Insignia, making for four of its six vessels scheduled to sail.
Passengers on the first Marina cruise when the line resumes operations in August will experience enhanced dining and service. OceaniaNEXT enhancements will also debut aboard Regatta, Insignia, Nautica, Riviera and Sirena.
Riviera will resume its previously published voyages from Istanbul beginning on Oct. 18 and sail a series of Mediterranean cruises prior to winter 2021/22 Caribbean cruises from Miami.
Insignia will resume sailing with its Dec. 21 Panama Canal voyage from Miami prior to embarking on a sold-out 180-day world cruise from Los Angeles to New York.
Sirena will commence service with its Jan. 22 Caribbean voyage from Miami to Panama City.
The line canceled all sailings up to each ship's new respective restart date. Passengers will be notified.
Regent outlines full-fleet plans
With Seven Seas Splendor's already announced UK return in September, Regent Seven Seas Cruises unveiled plans that will see all five ships back by February 2022. Regent intends to preserve published itineraries as much as possible but also has newly created sailings in Europe and the Caribbean for Seven Seas Explorer and Seven Seas Voyager.
Cruises up to each ship's respective start date were canceled, and travelers will be notified.
Seven Seas Explorer will resume Oct. 16 from Venice, completing two published Mediterranean voyages before crossing the Atlantic to Miami, and from Nov. 15 will sail a further two published Caribbean cruises. Explorer then begins a newly created winter Caribbean season, starting Dec. 20 with a 14-night Southern Caribbean cruise.
After a trans-Atlantic crossing, the ship will arrive back in Europe on April 10, 2022, for three more newly created Mediterranean itineraries before embarking on its published 2022 European summer season May 14.
Seven Seas Mariner will return to sailing on a published Dec. 18 cruise from Miami to San Francisco, where the ship's world cruise embarks Jan. 5.
Seven Seas Navigator restarts Jan. 6 from Miami with its published 2022 Southern Caribbean winter sailings, which include multiple round-trip Barbados voyages.
Seven Seas Voyager returns with five new Mediterranean cruises, the first from Barcelona on Feb. 15 before commencing its published 2022 European summer season in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe from April 15, 2022.