Latest news related to Norwegian Cruise Line and articles submitted by crew members. Find out insight stories from the other side of the NCL cruise ships told by the crew.

NCL to homeport in Panama on roundtrip sailings in 2022-23

Dec 15, 2021

Norwegian Cruise Line revealed the debut with the new Panama Canal cruises in 2022, becoming the first cruise line to offer Panama City as a homeport for cruise ships. Norwegian Jewel and other ships are scheduled for a variety of voyages in 2022 and 2023. This opportunity is great for the adventurous tourist to discover Panama and the Canal, with everything they have to offer. 

10th NCL Cruise Ship Resumes Cruises After Long Operational Pause

Dec 08, 2021

The Norwegian Dawn, as the 10th ship in the NCL fleet to resume cruises, welcomed guests back on December 8, with cruises from Tampa in Florida. Adding NCL to the choice list for those wishing to sail from Tampa, makes four major US-based cruise lines: Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International and Norwegian Cruise Line.

17 coronavirus cases aboard Norwegian Breakaway, 1 crewmember suspected of having Omicron variant

Dec 07, 2021

Despite the strict measures and immunization policies against the COVID-19, NCL’s cruise ship Norwegian Breakaway, returned to New Orleans with 17 positive cases, including one “probable case” of the Omicron variant in a South African crew member. The ship departed from New Orleans on the 28th of November visiting Belize, Honduras and Mexico, with 3,200 passengers onboard.

NCL cancels South Africa sailings on Norwegian Jade

Nov 30, 2021

Norwegian Cruise Line announced cancelations of five South Africa sailings on the Norwegian Jade with embarkation dates from December 3, 2021, through January 26, 2022. An NCL spokesperson said that the reason for the latest cancelation is the safety of the guests, crew and communities they visit, as the company’s highest priority.

Norwegian Joy Resumes Cruises from Miami

Nov 22, 2021

This past weekend, Norwegian Joy, the Norwegian Cruise Line’s ninth ship to resume cruise operations, started sailing from Miami to the Caribbean.

Letter from NCL Crew Member - We are being held to criteria not dictated by safety and perceived risk factor

Nov 16, 2021

After Crew Center published two letters sent by crew members on board Norwegian Cruise Line ships, (Can you imagine how it feels not being able to get off in ports? and NCL Crew Demand Shore Leave Restrictions to be Lifted

NCL Changes COVID-19 Testing Policy For Guests

Nov 16, 2021

Norwegian Cruise Line announced changes of the COVID-19 testing policy for guests boarding cruise ships from the U.S. and non-U.S. ports. Starting January 17, 2022, guests will be allowed to board with one negative COVID-19 antigen or PCR test result. 

Bob Binder Moves From Oceania Cruises CEO to Advisory Role With NCLH

Nov 16, 2021

Some important changes in the management were announced this week by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. Oceania Cruises co-founder, president and CEO Bob Binder, is transiting to another role, vice chairman of NCLH. To be more specific, he will now report to Frank Del Rio, president and CEO of NCLH. 

Norwegian Epic to homeport in Haifa in 2022

Nov 12, 2021

Norwegian Epic is NCL's first cruise ship that will experience the beauty of Haifa for the first time in the history of the company. The ship has been most popular among the Israeli market, for Mediterranean cruises to the port of Civitavecchia in Rome. Its first cruise is scheduled for November 2022, 11-day-itinerary, visiting Limassol, Rhodes, Kusadasi, Istanbul, Patmos, Piraeus, Naples, Livorno and Rome. 

NCL Crew Demand Shore Leave Restrictions to be Lifted

Nov 12, 2021

A week ago Crew Center published a letter sent by a crew member from the Norwegian Breakaway seeking information when NCL will allow its crew shore leave. Crew Center received a subsequent letter, this time from a crew member aboard the Norwegian Epic.