Norwegian Cruise Passengers Stranded at Sea After Sudden Voyage Cancellation

Norwegian Cruise Line has canceled its Caribbean trip mid-voyage due to COVID-19, leaving travelers stuck at sea until the ship returns to New York.

“We made the difficult decision to cancel Norwegian Gem’s current Caribbean sailing due to Covid-related circumstances,” a spokesperson for Norwegian Cruise said.

The Norwegian Gem was on a 10-day sail, but since its cancellation, the ship docked in Philipsburg, St. Martin, and would return to New York “shortly,” the spokesperson said without providing a date.

Anthony Bivona, one of the tourists on the ship, said last-minute changes to the itinerary were expected, given the pandemic.

“We all knew when we booked during such difficult times due to COVID that there would most likely be changes to our itinerary. It was not the exact itinerary we signed up for but still been an absolutely amazing cruise,” Bivona said.

According to Cruise Industry News, all passengers on the Gem would receive a full refund.

Earlier this month, Norwegian canceled numerous voyages because of “ongoing travel restrictions,” including a 12-day trip on the Norwegian Pearl, which was also cut short because of circumstances related to COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned that cruising right now carries a risk of getting and spreading the virus, regardless of vaccination status.

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