As Hurricane Ian nears the Florida west coast as a Class 3 storm, cruise strains are scrambling to maintain cruise ships out of its path. Consequently, Norwegian Cruise Line has been compelled to cancel Norwegian Getaway‘s subsequent crusing, the primary out of the ship’s winter residence at Port Canaveral, Florida.
This comes because the storm continues to strengthen and is predicted to trigger widespread disruption throughout a lot of the state, together with at three of Florida’s 5 cruise ports. Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Worldwide, MSC Cruises, and different strains have already adjusted and canceled cruises as a result of Hurricane Ian.
Norwegian Getaway Cruise Canceled
Norwegian Cruise Line has knowledgeable visitors and journey companions that Norwegian Getaway’s September 29, 2022 crusing is now canceled, as Port Canaveral is presently below Situation Yankee, with arriving vessels needing to make different preparations.
Because the storm approaches, Port Canaveral is predicted to maneuver to Situation Zulu and be closed to all marine site visitors till after the storm passes and inspections have ensured the port is secure to reopen.
“The protection and luxury of our visitors and crew is at all times our primary precedence. Because of the projected path of Hurricane Ian, Norwegian Getaway’s September 29, 2022 crusing has been canceled,” the cruise line’s e mail learn. “We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this will likely trigger.”
The now-canceled cruise aboard the Breakaway-class vessel was to have been a 9-night roundtrip Caribbean cruise, visiting Nice Stirrup Cay, Norwegian Cruise Line’s non-public island vacation spot within the Bahamas, in addition to St. Thomas, St. Johns, St. Maarten, San Juan, and the Dominican Republic, returning to Port Canaveral on Saturday, October 8.
This was to have been the ship’s first crusing of its winter Caribbean season, after homeporting in New York for the summer time.
This impression comes instantly after Norwegian Getaway was impacted by Hurricane Fiona on its present crusing, which debarked in New York right this moment.
That voyage was to have been a 5-night Bermuda cruise, however as an alternative was modified to a New England and Canadian itinerary as Hurricane Fiona strengthened and moved previous Bermuda final week.
For the time being, the ship stays docked in New York with out taking up new visitors. As a result of its return to Florida will now be delayed, the ship might stay in New York longer, ready to make sure the top of Hurricane Ian passes or dissipates earlier than crusing.
Refunds and Additional Compensation Provided
All visitors for the September 29 crusing will obtain not solely full refunds of their now-canceled cruise, but in addition a 25% future cruise credit score (FCC) based mostly on the worth of the cruise fare.
“We sincerely respect your loyalty, and we can’t wait to give you the cruise trip you’ve been dreaming about, and certain want now greater than ever!” the e-mail stated.
The brand new FCCs will likely be accessible by October 10 and are legitimate for any crusing by means of December 31, 2023.
Refunds will likely be returned mechanically to the unique type of fee, and ought to be processed inside 30 enterprise days. The precise timing of refunds depends on particular person visitors’ monetary establishments.
If visitors used an present FCC as fee for this cruise, that credit score will mechanically be returned to their Latitudes account inside seven days.
Extra Cruises Impacted
Norwegian Cruise Line is just not the one line seeing dramatic impacts from Hurricane Ian. Disney Cruise Line has warned visitors in regards to the chance of delays for Disney Want, and Carnival Cruise Line has canceled the following sailings for each Carnival Paradise (from Tampa) and Carnival Elation (from Jacksonville).
MSC Cruises’ MSC Seashore altered its itinerary forward of the storm, as did three Royal Caribbean Worldwide ships: Mariner of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas, and Attract of the Seas.
Norwegian Sky additionally modified itineraries earlier this week to keep away from the storm’s observe, as did Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Woman and Celeb Cruises’ Celeb Infinity.
Keep tuned to Cruise Hive for additional updates as Hurricane Ian continues, together with any further itinerary modifications, cruise cancelations, and port reopenings after the storm clears.