Norweigan Cruise Line marked its return with a double debut.
Norweigan Jade was the first ship of its 17-ship fleet to greet guests after 500 days, and she was the first vessel of NCL to call at Athens (Piraeus) home port.
Until November, guests sailing aboard Norwegian Jade’s immersive Greek Isles itinerary will wake up in a new destination every day, able to spend eight-to-nine hours exploring some of Greece’s most picturesque islands.
Among them are the luxurious Crete, bustling Mykonos, historical Rhodes, and the iconic blue and white Santorini.
During my over 30-year career, I have experienced some of the most memorable moments welcoming families and guests aboard Norwegian Cruise Line ships, said Harry Sommer, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line.
“We are excited to embark on the Great Cruise Comeback with a brand-new itinerary and homeport for our brand, offering our guests an even greater choice of unique cruise vacations at sea.”
In the next five years, Norwegian plans to position nine ships in Europe, including the Norwegian Dawn, Epic, Escape, Getaway, Gem, Jade, and Star, sailing in Greece.
Harry Theoharis, the Greek minister of tourism, said: “We are delighted to welcome Norwegian Jade and her guests to Greece.”.
“The planned itineraries will allow visitors to experience our rich history, vibrant culture, and renowned cuisine in a foreign environment.”
Norwegian Jade is the first ship to resume voyages as part of NCL’s wider restart program.
The Norwegian Encore will be the first ship to return to service from the United States on August 7th, when she arrives in Seattle for her inaugural Alaska season.