Company aboard Norwegian Encore had an sudden itinerary change instantly after setting sail on the present cruise, however happily, one other port of name was capable of be substituted as a substitute. As an alternative of visiting Nice Stirrup Cay, the cruise ship visited Nassau on Monday, December 19, 2022.
Nice Stirrup Cay Not Attainable As a consequence of Climate
Norwegian Encore set sail from Miami on Sunday, December 18, and visitors have been notified straight away that the following day’s name on Nice Stirrup Cay, Norwegian Cruise Line’s non-public island vacation spot in The Bahamas, wouldn’t be potential. As an alternative, the ship was rescheduled to spend the day in Nassau, the capital of The Bahamas.
The port swap was possible as a result of climate, as excessive winds have been forecast for the neighborhood of Nice Stirrup Cay on Monday, December 19. The island is a young port – requiring the usage of small boats to ferry visitors from their anchored cruise ship to the dock inside a small harbor.
Relying on the severity and path of the winds, it may be inconceivable to carry the small tender boat regular alongside the cruise ship for visitors to embark or debark on a slender, transferring gangway.
Moreover, tough seas through the 10-15 minute journey from the sheltered harbor to and from the cruise ship might be very unsettling to visitors vulnerable to movement illness.
Throughout Norwegian Encore‘s scheduled time for Nice Stirrup Cay, winds have been starting from 10-15 miles per hour (16-24 kilometers per hour), greater than sufficient to create tough and unsafe situations, significantly with greater gusts exceeding even these speeds.
Nassau, nonetheless, has an intensive dock able to accommodating even the biggest cruise ships with ease, making for a a lot safer expertise when the climate might not be excellent.
Company Positive to Be Disillusioned
Regardless of the change as a result of security causes, some visitors onboard Norwegian Encore are undoubtedly upset within the port swap. Whereas each Nice Stirrup Cay and Nassau could be nice locations to go to, the attract of Nice Stirrup Cay is its exclusivity as a non-public island solely obtainable to Norwegian Cruise Line visitors.
Nassau, alternatively, is the capital of The Bahamas and the biggest metropolis within the island nation, repeatedly visited by many cruise traces. Which means that common cruisers might have already visited Nassau quite a few occasions, and the extra crowded port could be much less stress-free than a non-public seashore.
On Monday, three different ships have been already scheduled to go to Nassau: Royal Caribbean Worldwide’s Concord of the Seas, Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras, and MSC Cruises’ new MSC Seascape.
When added to the three,998 visitors aboard the Breakaway-plus class Norwegian Encore, as many as 20,000 or extra cruise visitors have been visiting Nassau on the identical day, creating great crowds for a few of the hottest native excursions, eating places, outlets, and extra.
Ending the Cruise
Norwegian Encore is slated for a day at sea on Tuesday, December 20, and a go to to Puerto Plata within the Dominican Republic on Wednesday, December 21. One other day at sea will observe, earlier than the ship arrives again in Miami on Friday, December 23. No different modifications have been introduced for the rest of the 5-night itinerary.
All cruise vacationers are accustomed to itinerary modifications based mostly on climate and different elements, and whereas cruise traces do attempt to keep up their initially deliberate schedules, the protection of the ship, visitors, and crewmembers is all the time the primary precedence.
Norwegian Encore is the biggest ship in Norwegian Cruise Line’s fleet, weighing in at 169,116 gross tons. She entered service with Norwegian Cruise Line in late 2019 and is at the moment homeported from Miami, providing quite a lot of Caribbean sailings. Whereas most are 7-night sailings, a number of 5-night and one particular 11-night crusing can also be obtainable.
In April 2023, the ship will reposition to Seattle to supply 7-night sailings to Alaska for the summer time season.