Norwegian Escape Resumes Service After Drydocking
Norwegian Escape resumes service today in Civitavecchia, Italy. After spending most of September in drydock in France, the ship is welcoming guests for the final part of its 2022 season in the eastern Mediterranean.
The program, which began in May, includes nine- to 11-night cruises to popular destinations in Greece, Malta, Italy and France.
The October 12 departure, for example, sails to Livorno, Naples, Messina, Valletta, Corfu, Piraeus and Santorini before returning to Civitavecchia.
Following an incident earlier this year, the dry docking period was confirmed by Norwegian Cruise Line in June.
At the time, the cruise line said the ship required a visit to the shipyard, but did not reveal the nature of the work carried out on board.
Earlier in March, the Norwegian Escape ran aground in the Dominican Republic while on a cruise in the Eastern Caribbean.
After being refloated, the 163,000 tonne vessel reportedly sustained minor damage and spent a month under repair before resuming regular operations in mid-April.
The Norwegian Escape is set to return to North America after its European cruise schedule.
In November, the ship offers a transatlantic crossing to New York before launching a season in the Caribbean.
Highlighted by a visit to the Azores archipelago, the 16-night trip includes stops in Italy, France, Spain, Portugal and the United States.
Continuing its winter schedule, the 4,200-passenger ship launches a series of week-long Eastern Caribbean cruises on November 19.
Departing from Port Canaveral, regular routes sail to the Dominican Republic and the US Virgin Islands. Before returning to her home port of Florida, the ship also visits the British Virgin Islands and the Bahamas.
Part of the Breakaway-Plus class, Norwegian Escape initially entered service in 2015. After nearly two years of shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ship resumed commercial operations in late 2021.