Which Norwegian Cruise Line Ships Have Restarted?

Find out which Norwegian Cruise Line ships have resumed operations around the world.

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Norwegian Cruise Line has become the last among the major cruise lines to restart cruise operations. NCL continues to move forward bringing more ships back into service gradually for guests who are fully vaccinated.

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Cruises are restarting, and even though Norwegian Cruise Line is behind other major cruise lines, we’ll start seeing more ships in the fleet sailing once again with passengers on board. So far, a total of five cruise ships have restarted sailings, with two in the U.S. and three in Europe. So let’s take a look at which ships have resumed operations so far.

Norwegian Getaway From Civitavecchia

On September 13, Norwegian Getaway departed the Port of Civitavecchia to became the fifth ship in the fleet to resume operations and the third in Europe. After 18 months on hold, the 3,963 passenger ship is now sailing a mix of 10- to 11-day Greek Isles itineraries including calls to Dubrovnik, Corfu, Katakolon – NCL’s newest embarkation port located on the Peloponnese peninsula -Santorini, Mykonos, Naples, and Livorno (Florence/Pisa).

Norwegian Getaway at Port of Civitavecchia
Photo Courtesy: Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Getaway will continue to sail the Mediterranean until December when she embarks on her epic transatlantic voyage. The vessel will sail from Rome on December 5 on a 17-day cruise that will visit ports, including Barcelona, Valencia, Ponta Delgada in the Azores, and Bermuda, before she arrives in Miami just before Christmas on December 22.

  • Resumed Cruises: September 13, 2021
  • Homeport: Barcelona, Spain
  • First Cruise Back: 7-Day Cruise

Norwegian Epic From Barcelona

Norwegian Epic became the fourth ship in the fleet to resume cruise operations and the second in Europe. The ship resumed out of Barcelona, Spain on September 5, 2021, and the first voyage was a seven-night itinerary in the Mediterranean with vitis to Livorno, Italy; Civitavecchia, Italy; Naples, Italy; Cagliari, Sardinia, and Palma De Mallorca Spain.

Norwegian Epic in Barcelona
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The NCL cruise ship will continue sailing cruises in the region through October 24, 2021. Norwegian Epic was refurbished at the end of 2020 so guests are enjoying for the first time, 75 reimagined and upgraded suites along with The Haven Restaurant and The Haven Courtyard Pool and Sundeck.

  • Resumed Cruises: September 5, 2021
  • Homeport: Barcelona, Spain
  • First Cruise Back: 7-Day Cruise

Norwegian Gem From Miami

Norwegian Gem became the third ship in the fleet to resume cruise operations and the first to relaunch sailings out of the cruise capital of the world, PortMiami in Florida.

The ship departed Miami on Sunday, August 15 on a seven-night Caribbean cruise including calls at Roatan in Honduras, Cozumel, and Costa Maya in Mexico along with a return to NCL’s private island of Harvest Caye in Belize.

Norwegian Gem Departing Miami
Norwegian Gem Departing Miami (Photo Courtesy: Norwegian Cruise Line)

Norwegian Gem will continue to offer week-long Caribbean and four-day Bahamas cruises through October 17, 2021. The vessel will then shift to sail five to 100-night itineraries to the Bahamas, Caribbean, and Bermuda out of New York.

  • Resumed Cruises: August 15, 2021
  • Homeport: Miami, Florida
  • First Cruise Back: 7-Day Caribbean Cruise

Norwegian Encore From Seattle

Norwegian Encore became the first ship in the fleet to restart operations in the U.S. The vessel also resumes NCL’s long-awaited Alaska season and joining other major cruise lines operating in the region.

Norwegian Encore in Seattle
Photo Courtesy: Norwegian Cruise Line

The newest ship in the fleet departed the Port of Seattle on August 7 and the first voyage back included maiden calls as it was the first time the NCL flagship sailed the region. One of the most significant visits was at Icy Strait Point on August 11 when the cruise line opened the new Wilderness Landing Pier. Other calls included Juneau and Ketchikan in Alaska.

Norwegian Encore will continue to sail Alaska through October 16, 2021. The cruises are only for guests who are fully vaccinated along with vaccinated crew members.

  • Resumed Cruises: August 7, 2021
  • Homeport: Seattle, Washington
  • First Cruise Back: 7-Day Alaska Cruise

Norwegian Jade From Athens

After 500 days on hold, Norwegian Jade became the first ship in the fleet to restart operations. She departed the port in Athens, Greece, on July 25, and the new cruise offerings include calls to Mykonos, Rhodes, and Santorini. The cruises will continue until November 2021.

Norwegian Jade Cruise Ship
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Norwegian Jade is sailing with fully vaccinated guests and crew as part of the SailSAFE health and safety program. The ship is 93,558 gross tons with a guest capacity of 2,402 at double occupancy and 1,037 international crew members.

  • Resumed Cruises: July 25, 2021
  • Homeport: Athens, Greece
  • First Cruise Back: 7-Day Mediterranean Cruise

Which NCL Ships Are Next?

Here’s when each of the next Norwegian cruise ships will restart operations. It is important to always check with the cruise line as dates could change due to the fluid situation.

Also Read: When Will Cruises Resume in 2021?

  • Norwegian Breakaway from New York: September 26, 2021
  • Norwegian Bliss from Los Angeles, California: October 24, 2021
  • Norwegian Escape from Port Canaveral, Florida: November 13, 2021
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