Norwegian Cruise Line cancels more sailings as COVID surge continues
Norwegian Cruise Line canceled more sailings this week as COVID continues to spread across the country.
Christine Da Silva, senior vice president of branding and communications for Norwegian, confirmed the cancellations to USA TODAY in an emailed statement Thursday.
As a result of "ongoing COVID-19 related disruptions" Da Silva said sailings on five ships had to be canceled including:
- Norwegian Dawn sailings scheduled to depart Jan. 13 and Jan. 18.
- Norwegian Getaway sailings scheduled to depart Jan. 14 and Jan. 19.
- Norwegian Joy sailings scheduled to depart Jan. 15 and Jan. 22.
- Norwegian Escape sailings scheduled to depart Jan. 15 and Jan. 22.
- Norwegian Pearl sailing scheduled to depart Jan. 17.
"We will communicate all relevant information to impacted guests and travel partners directly," Da Silva said. "We understand the inconvenience and frustration this disruption may cause and appreciate the continued understanding of our loyal guests and travel advisors."
Da Silva did not mention in the statement, how customers would be reimbursed for the cancellations.
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Last week, Norwegian canceled cruises on eight of its ships including earlier sailings on Norwegian Getaway (Jan. 5) and Norwegian Pearl (Jan. 14). The cancellation list also included:
- Norwegian Sky cruises embarking Feb. 25.
- Pride of America cruises embarking through Feb. 26.
- Norwegian Jade cruises embarking through March 3.
- Norwegian Star cruises embarking through March 19.
- Norwegian Sun cruises embarking through April 19.
- Norwegian Spirit cruises embarking through April 23.
The cancellations came on the heels of Norwegian's announcement that its Jan. 3 sailing of the Norwegian Pearl would end early due to "COVID related circumstances."
All passengers booked on any of the sailings canceled last week received an automatic refund and an additional "Future Cruise Certificate" of an unspecified amount valid for a cruise in the future.
Norwegian isn't the only cruise line to have canceled sailings during the ongoing COVID surge. Friday, Royal Caribbean International canceled several cruises, too, and pushed back one ship's return to service.
Four ships have been impacted:
- Vision of the Seas, which is being used to quarantine coronavirus positive crew members, has had its return to cruising postponed until March 7.
- Serenade of the Seas sailings between Jan. 8 and March 5 have been canceled. The ship will return to service on April 26 after dry dock.
- Jewel of the Seas sailings will be canceled between Jan. 9 and Feb. 12 and it will return to service on Feb. 20.
- Symphony of the Seas sailings between Jan. 8 and Jan. 22 have been canceled, the ship will return to service on Jan. 29.
Some of those sailings canceled Friday were set to depart as soon as Saturday, leaving some cruisers in a lurch.