Norwegian Cruise Line is considering the possibility that it may end up resuming its cruise operations in Europe prior to launching from any U.S. ports, according to Crew Center, which cites a letter from the company sent to the line's senior officers.
According to the site, the letter says: "As we approach the end of the first quarter in 2021, we will also start to evaluate the conditions in Europe for the normal seasonal repositioning of vessels and could possibly launch ships in Europe before sailing again in the U.S."
When asked about the validity of the letter, parent company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings said, "We are working through a variety of possibilities related to the restart of cruising and will share further information as it becomes available."
The letter also says that Norwegian has started reassembling its crews, and that the Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Joy are being used as a transport ships and will be deployed "once we are certain of the ships that will reenter service first."
Crew Center describes itself as a website "run by ex-crew members sharing their experience and Insights about life and work on cruise ships."
Several cruise lines in Europe launched operations this summer, including large ship lines MSC Cruises, Costa Cruises, Aida and TUI, under conditions that industry stakeholders in the U.S. have been arguing since September could be replicated in the U.S.