Sep 17 2020
Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), the innovator in global cruise travel with a 53-year history of breaking boundaries, is providing travelers who are dreaming of a return to cruise with new thrilling journeys, safeguarded by absolute Peace of Mind.
In addition to curating a collection of brand new, immersive itineraries for sailing through to 2023, NCL is reaffirming its position as an industry leader through the introduction of a raft of enhanced health and safety measures, ensuring that cruising with NCL continues to be one of the safest and most exciting ways to explore the world.
“Norwegian Cruise Line remains committed to the health, safety, and wellbeing of our guests, crew, and the communities we visit around the world. We have invested significant resources in recent months, further enhancing our already robust health and safety protocols,” said Ben Angell, Norwegian Cruise Line Vice President, and Managing Director, APAC.
“As an innovator in global cruise travel, we want to ensure that valued NCL guests sail with steel-clad Peace of Mind – whether through our ongoing work with a council of leading health and safety experts, through our collaborative health and safety work with local operators at each and every port of call, or through the provision of flexible booking policies. Our number one goal is to deliver the safest sailing experience, both at sea and ashore when the time is right to cruise again,” added Mr. Angell.
NCL’s core Peace of Mind initiatives include:
NCL recently announced its participation in a “Healthy Sail Panel” to develop enhanced cruise health and safety standards to address the challenges posed by the global pandemic. The “Healthy Sail Panel” is comprised of top experts in public health, infectious disease, biosecurity, hospitality, and maritime operations, and is tasked with collaboratively developing recommendations for cruise lines to advance their public health response to the pandemic, improve safety and achieve readiness for the safe resumption of operations.
The recommendations developed by the “Healthy Sail Panel” will be open-source, and are available for sharing with the cruise industry as a whole, as well as other sectors that may benefit.
The “Healthy Sail Panel” is anticipated to offer its initial recommendations soon. The work of the panel will be shared with the entire industry and regulators.
NCL has created a “Sail Safe” program, which includes six key areas of health and safety, which will be implemented fleetwide on board and onshore, with more initiatives to come:
NCL’s ”Sail Safe” program is ever-evolving, with its enhanced health and safety protocols being just the start of a range of new technologies and improvements to be announced. Please find further details here.
To provide guests with even more freedom and flexibility, NCL recently extended its Peace of Mind cancellation policy. Guests sailing on cruises booked by 30 September 2020 with embarkation dates from 1 January 2021 to 31 October 2021 now have the flexibility to cancel their cruise 15 days prior to departure and receive a Future Cruise Credit, which may be applied to any sailing through 31 December 2022, or a full refund when they cancel up to 120 days before their holiday. In addition, for all voyages through 31 March 2021, guests can provide final payment 30 days prior to embarkation versus the standard 120 days.
NCL’s recently unveiled new 2021 through 2023 itineraries
NCL recently unveiled a year’s worth of wish-list worthy sailings for 2021 through 2023, featuring voyages to over 20 new destinations across all seven continents to inspire guests to make their next travel dream a reality. This included the release of a range of exciting Australia and New Zealand itineraries onboard the recently refurbished Norwegian Spirit. Norwegian Spirit will offer a series of 10 and 12-day voyages to and from Sydney and Auckland from December 2021.
“Whether you are looking to explore the surreal landscapes of Iceland, cruise the scenic glaciers of Antarctica, or experience the majesty of Japan during its famous cherry blossom season, our immersive new itineraries provide our guests with the opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful ports of call in the world from the comfort of our innovative fleet,” said Ben Angell.
“For those looking to embark on closer to home sailing, we are excited to be bringing Norwegian Spirit to Australia and New Zealand in 2021. She underwent the most extensive bow-to-stern renovation in the company’s history earlier this year and features 14 new venues that can be enjoyed by local cruisers – including the second Onda by Scarpetta restaurant at sea, a doubled-in-size Mandara Spa and an expanded Pulse Fitness Center. Her reimagined and refined adult-centric experiences are truly remarkable,” added Mr. Angell.
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