Citing passenger safety and the current global environment as the reason, Norwegian Cruise Line announced this morning that they had cancelled all cruises through February 2021. They also cancelled all cruises in March 2021 for Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Sky, Norwegian Sun, and Pride of America.
That means when NCL does restart service in March, the first month will only feature Norwegian Encore, Norwegian Joy, and Norwegian Escape in operation. That’s consistent with what we’ve seen from other cruise lines as they attempt to navigate the strict requirements set forth by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the conditional sail order.
The news broke this morning via an update on Norwegian Cruise Line’s website. Carnival Cruise Line and several of their sister brands have already abandoned trying to sail in January. With the development of a vaccine going better than expected, it seems like that’s what cruise lines are waiting for.
The news also applies to Norwegian Cruise Line’s luxury brands Regent Seven Seas and Oceania Cruises.
For Those Already Booked
If you were booked on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship, then there’s a good chance this wasn’t the first time this year that your cruise has been outright cancelled or rescheduled to a new date in 2021. Many cruisers have been dealing with changes to their itineraries, but thankfully NCL outlined options for those affected.
According to the update on NCL’s website:
Guests who had an active reservation on a suspended cruises through March 2021 will automatically receive a refund of their cruise fare in the original form of a payment for the amount paid by January 7, 2021. Additionally, a 10% off coupon will be automatically added to the guest’s account which is valid for one year from date of issue, and can be used for any Norwegian Cruise Line voyage embarking through 2022 and is combinable with any FCCs and all future promotions at time of booking.
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