NCL-Norwegian Cruise Line restarts with Norwegian Jade ship from Piraeus-Athens Greece

   July 26, 2021 ,   Cruise Industry

NCL-Norwegian Cruise Line on Sunday, July 25, officially restarted passenger shipping operations. Norwegian Jade was not only the first of the 17-ship fleet to welcome passengers back (after 500 days), but she also made history as the first to homeport in Piraeus-Athens Greece.

Until November 2021, vacationers sailing aboard NCL Jade’s Greek Isles itinerary will be able to wake up in a new destination every day, as well as to spend 8-to-9 hours exploring some of the most picturesque islands in Greece including Heraklion Crete, Mykonos, Rhodes, and Santorini.

Norwegian Jade's homeporting in Piraeus is part of a long-term strategy to increase NCL's presence in Europe.

By 2023, NCL plans to deploy 9 boats in the region, of which 7 (Dawn, Epic, Escape, Getaway, Gem, Jade, Star) due to sail in Greece.

Norwegian Jade is the first to recommence voyages as part of NCL's larger restart efforts.

On August 7, Norwegian Encore will be the first NCL ship to return to service from the USA, debuting in Seattle WA for an inaugural Alaskan season.

Norwegian Jade cruise ship

The fleetwide redeployment continues in partnership with local governments and is guided by the robust protocols of the line’s SailSAFETM health & safety program, which at its cornerstone includes that all crew members and passengers must be fully vaccinated to embark for cruises through October 31, 2021. 

NCL’s Peace of Mind cancelation policy is in effect for cruises with embarkation dates through October 31, 2021. Passengers booked on these sailings are able to cancel their voyage 15 days before departure and receive a full refund in the form of an FCC (future cruise credit) which may be applied to any trip through December 31, 2022.