CruiseTrio of brands gear up for 2021/2022 cruise seasons with return of 15 ships and inaugural sailings to Asia.

Norwegian, Oceania and Regent set for next phase of sailing

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The Norwegian Sun will sail for the first time in Asia beginning 28 January with a five-day Japan itinerary from Hong Kong, before starting 11-day cruises from Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok.
The Norwegian Sun will sail for the first time in Asia beginning 28 January with a five-day Japan itinerary from Hong Kong, before starting 11-day cruises from Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok.

Norwegian Cruise Line, the largest of the Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings brands, has detailed its fall resumption plans.

Sister brands Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas also released restart details, setting Q3-4 sailings on the majority of their fleets.

In total, the three brands laid out plans for the return of 15 additional ships.

"We continue to see incredible pent-up demand for future cruise vacations, and as regions across the globe continue to reopen for travel and tourism, we are excited to get back to what we do best and deliver exceptional vacation experiences for our guests to once again explore the world," said Frank Del Rio, CEO of the parent company.

Norwegian Cruise Line revealed the deployment plan for eight additional ships, a fall lineup that includes six vessels departing US ports and its first sailings to Asia.

Newly scheduled vessels are the Norwegian Breakaway, Encore, Escape, Pearl, Jewel, Sun, Spirit and Pride of America.

The Norwegian Sun will sail for the first time in Asia beginning 28 January, with a five-day Japan itinerary from Hong Kong, before starting 11-day cruises from Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok.

The Norwegian Spirit will cruise 12-day Australia and New Zealand voyages from Sydney and Auckland beginning 9 February.

Internationally, on 20 January the Norwegian Jewel will be the Norwegian's first ship to offer roundtrip Panama Canal cruises from Panama City.

Norwegian cancelled its planned sailings on the Norwegian Joy from Montego Bay, Jamaica this 7 August, saying that it will transfer crew from that ship to Alaska due to the lead time needed to launch the Norwegian Bliss from Seattle on 7 August and "maximise the short Alaska cruise season."

Earlier, Norwegian Cruise Line had announced the resumption of sailings from Barcelona and Rome in September.

Oceania's Marina will sail again to Scandinavia and Western Europe in August.
Oceania's Marina will sail again to Scandinavia and Western Europe in August.

Regent and Oceania's 2021 and 2022 plans

Regent Seven Seas Cruises said all five of its ships would be back in service by next February. The Seven Seas Splendor is already slated to return to service in September. As much as possible, Regent said, it has tried to preserve its previously published schedules.

The Seven Seas Explorer will restart 16 October from Venice before crossing to Miami for the winter. The Seven Seas Mariner will resume its published scheduled on 18 December, cruising from Miami to San Francisco where it will begin its World Cruise on 5 January. The Seven Seas Navigator will begin 6 January from Miami on published southern Caribbean sailings. The Seven Seas Voyager will return with five new Mediterranean voyages, the first from Barcelona on 15 February, before resuming its published 2022 summer season in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe on 15 April.

Oceania will resume service on three ships this Q3, with the Riviera, Insignia and Sirena launching between October 2021 and January 2022.

The Riviera will resume its previously published cruises from Istanbul on 18 October with Mediterranean sailings, prior to a winter of Caribbean cruises from Miami. The Insignia will begin 21 December with a Panama Canal cruise from Miami prior to embarking on a sold-out, 180-day world cruise from Los Angeles to New York. The Sirena will commence service on 22 January with a cruise from Miami to Panama City, Panama.

Oceania's Marina has already been scheduled to resume sailing from Copenhagen on 29 August. The line said that phased restart dates for its Regatta and Nautica ships will be announced later.

Source: Travel Weekly

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