Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Talks Vaccine - Passport, COVID Travel, and the Future of Cruising - DiscoverDior

Norwegian Cruise Line's president expects things to feel normal again by the second or third quarter of next year — but still has a positive outlook for the future of cruising.

"Every day, every week should be a little better than the week before," Harry Sommer, the president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, said in an interview with Cruise Critic ahead of the launch of the Norwegian Breakaway, the first major cruise ship to sail from New York City since the pandemic.

On Sunday, the Norwegian Breakaway sailed into New York's Manhattan Cruise Terminal ready to set out on weeklong trips to Bermuda through Oct. 31, including overnight stays on the island, according to Norwegian. Sommer called the sailing a "significant milestone."

"We have a 30-year history of cruising from New York and were the first to sail from the destination year-round. Our return feels like a homecoming," Sommer said in a statement. "This fall, as New York comes back to life after more than a year, with Broadway and other top attractions opening back up, we are honored to be part of its story and to provide travelers easy access to a safe and exceptional warm-weather vacation experience from one of the top cruise destinations on the East Coast."

Malkam Dior is a contributing writer for Travel + Leisure. When he's not in New York City, he likes to spend time at the beach or exploring new destinations and hopes to visit every country in the world. Follow his adventures on Instagram.



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