NCL President Reiterates the Line’s Deal with Security
With three of its 17 ships crusing once more, Norwegian Cruise Line President and CEO Harry Sommer mentioned the corporate’s “most important purpose for this yr is to start out up, and to start out up safely.”
Norwegian Gem started cruising out of Miami on Aug. 15; Norwegian Encore inaugurated Alaska sailings out of Seattle on Aug. 7 and Norwegian Jade on July 25.
“On the finish of the day that is about security,” Sommer mentioned, noting that upward of 90 % of NCL company surveyed mentioned they’ve been vaccinated. “They wish to go on ships the place everybody else is vaccinated.”
On a associated be aware, the road was capable of function Norwegian Gem from Miami after a federal decide dominated on Aug. 9 that the corporate has the correct to ask clients for proof of coronavirus vaccination earlier than boarding, briefly reversing an order from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
“We don’t imagine the governor, or the state of Florida, has a proper to control intrastate or worldwide journey,” Sommer mentioned in an interview aboard Norwegian Encore. “We’re dedicated to security.”
That dedication to security is one thing Sommer urged NCL’s journey advisor companions expertise first-hand with a view to counsel their purchasers on how the road provides them one of many most secure holidays at the moment obtainable.
“I might encourage them to see for themselves,” he mentioned. “I can speak till I’m blue within the face.”
In different developments, Sommer mentioned the myriad promoting factors of NCL’s latest ship, Norwegian Prima, which was floated out on Aug. 13 from its drydock on the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy, and is scheduled to enter service subsequent yr.
Whereas the road’s Breakaway class ships carry almost 4,000 passengers, the brand new Prima class of vessels, of which there will probably be six, accommodate 3,215 passengers.
“We’re not essentially a believer in greater is best,” Sommer mentioned. “We imagine in the event you attain a sure dimension it’s actually exhausting to offer the premium expertise that we’re seeking to present.”
One of the crucial notable options of Norwegian Prima is its beneficiant quantity of out of doors house. “Individuals are actually going to benefit from the outside on Norwegian Prima,” Sommer mentioned.
A significant spotlight is the 44,000-square-foot Ocean Boulevard, which encircles Deck eight and will probably be geared up with two infinity swimming pools, a sculpture backyard, a glass walkway, a meals corridor with 11 eating venues and extra.
The ship’s ambiance and decor are additionally main promoting factors, he added. “Norwegian Prima takes it up a degree within the funding that we’ve made in artwork, in lighting fixtures, in wall coverings and carpets – the comfortable items that give the ship a residential really feel. Individuals are actually going to benefit from the outside on Norwegian Prima,” Sommer mentioned.
“I feel that is probably the most stunning within the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet,” he added.
On the journey advisor entrance, Sommer underscored NCL’s dedication to serving to brokers see their means by the pandemic.
“We’re dedicated to do our greatest to get the commerce neighborhood up and working,” he mentioned. “It’s tremendous essential to us. We’re all in.”