Passengers stranded at sea after Norwegian canceled mid-term cruise

Passengers stranded at sea after Norwegian canceled mid-term cruise

Passengers aboard a Norwegian cruise ship are stranded at sea this week after the cruise line decided to cancel the cruise mid-trip due to COVID-19 concerns.

Aimee Focaraccio, who embarked on a 10-day cruise on the Norwegian Gem from New York, told USA Today that she was informed Thursday that the cruise would be canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, but did not has not received an anticipated return date. .

“We will arrive as planned on the morning of the 19th,” cruise ship staff reportedly said, according to a recording Focaraccio provided to the media.

Focaraccio clarified that after the ship’s stopover in Saint-Martin on Friday, it would no longer call at ports or islands.

“I really can’t imagine four more days at sea in a row without much to do,” she told USA Today.

She also added that earlier Friday the ship made the decision to forgo port calls in Grand Turk, St. Thomas and Tortola before arriving in St. Maarten and before the decision was made to cancel the rest of the stopovers.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s senior vice president of brand and communications Christine Da Silva told USA Today the Norwegian Gem is expected to return to New York “soon,” without providing a specific date.

“As we continue to navigate in a fluid public health environment, while focusing on providing a safe experience for all on board, today we have made the difficult decision to cancel current navigation in Norwegian Gem’s Caribbean, due to COVID-related circumstances,” Da Silva reportedly said. noted.

Despite the cruise line’s claim that “COVID-related circumstances” were the reason for the cancellation of the sailing, Focaraccio told USA Today that she was not made aware of the coronavirus cases on the ship. ship.

All Norwegian Gem passengers would have received a full refund or cruise credit and an additional cruise credit equivalent to 50% of the current trip fare to be applied to a future cruise by May 2023.