Norwegian Cruise Line has officially returned to service 14 of its current 17 ships, as norwegian star welcomed its first passengers in nearly two years. The Dawn-class ship left Barcelona today, on the first of a series of Mediterranean crossings that bring her back into active service.
norwegian star Trade-in service
norwegian starThe first cruise with passengers since the global pandemic shutdown is a 10-day one-way sailing from Barcelona, Spain to Trieste, Italy.
Along the way, the ship will visit nine incredible ports of call, including St. Tropez along the French Riviera, Rome and Naples in Italy, Corfu Island in Greece, and Dubrovnik in Croatia, among others.
Until mid-May, the ship will offer a variety of Mediterranean crossings from Barcelona and Trieste. For summer, norwegian star will reposition itself on Northern European routes, departing from Southampton and Reykjavik, including stops in Scotland, England, Ireland, Iceland, Norway and Greenland. The duration of the cruises varies from 10 to 12 days.
At the end of the summer season, the ship will briefly return to the Mediterranean before a transatlantic crossing from Lisbon, Portugal on November 27. This 14-day sailing will reposition the ship in Rio de Janeiro for the winter season in South America.
norwegian starThe winter crossings of are particularly spectacular, since it is a series of 14-day round trips Travel to Antarctica set sail from Buenos Aires.
In spring 2023, the ship will return to Europe, with similar seasonal itineraries scheduled for 2023 and early 2024.
norwegian star was built in 2001 and had its last renovation in 2018 as part of The Norwegian Edge program. The 91,740 gross tonnage vessel can accommodate 2,348 passengers in double occupancy and has a crew of 1,031.
14 Norwegian ships are sailing, 3 to come, 2 to debut
norwegian star is the fourteenth Norwegian Cruise Line ship to resume sailing. Following the pandemic shutdown that suspended passenger cruise operations worldwide, the cruise line began its “Great Cruise Comeback” when norwegian jade first sailed from Athens, Greece in July 2021. Since then, various ships have restarted in different parts of the world.
To date, 14 Norwegian Cruise Line ships have restarted, with only pride of america, norwegian sunand Norwegian spirit yet to set sail.
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pride of america is set to resume passenger operations on April 9, with 7-day sailings around the Hawaiian Islands.
norwegian sun will resume its sailing schedule on May 5 from Seattle, Washington, where it will offer 5-9 day itineraries in Alaska until repositioning in Asia in mid-October.
Norwegian spirit is already in Polynesia, and she will restart operations from May 7 with a series of one-way trips between Tahiti and Hawaii, before heading to Seattle to operate cruises to Alaska for the summer.
At the beginning of May, therefore, Norwegian Cruise Line will resume full operations, with its current 17 cruise ships welcoming guests on board. In August, norwegian prima will join the fleet, and will be eventually homeport in Galveston, Texas after its inaugural season.
Then, in the summer of 2023, the fleet will expand further with the arrival of Viva Norwegianthe second of the Prima class ships. Norwegian Cruise Line has also already ordered several Prima-plus class ships, although details and arrival dates for these new ships have yet to be announced.