Norwegian Cruise Line has advised passengers and travel agents of an itinerary adjustment for The Norwegian epic transatlantic trip departing later this month. It comes as the cruise line has already changed another transatlantic voyage for another vessel in the fleet.
Epic Norwegian transatlantic route change
Customers booked the The Norwegian epic transatlantic journey, which is due to depart from Civitavecchia in Italy on November 20, 2021, have been informed of a change of itinerary. The 15-day cruise will no longer stop at Ponta Delgada, Portugal on November 30, 2021.
The port of call has been completely eliminated, and the Norwegian epic instead will have a full day at sea. The ship will also arrive in New York a day earlier, on December 4, 2021.
The ship will spend the night in the city, with embarkation starting on December 5 as originally scheduled. This means that all guests must stay on the ship until boarding begins the next day. All other port visits will remain as planned, including Livorno, Cannes, Barcelona, Cartagena, Malaga, Cadiz and Funchal.
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In the letter that was sent to booked customers and travel agents, NCL says: “In order for the ship to arrive in the United States and complete all necessary requirements and inspections, as mandated by the United States Coast Guard, Customs and Border Patrol and the United States Public Health Department, the aforementioned route has been changed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. “
With Norwegian epic operating in Europe since the resumption of operations on September 5 from Barcelona in Spain, the vessel will have to undergo other requirements and procedures when returning to the United States
To compensate for the cancellation of Ponta Delgada and early arrival in New Yor, Norwegian Cruise Line is offering all bookings a $ 150 onboard credit. Credit covers $ 75 for first and second guests in a single cabin. NCL is also offering a 10% discount on future cruise credit, which customers can use as a discount for a future cruise that departs through December 31, 2022.
All shore excursions booked through NCL for Ponta Delgada will be automatically refunded and processed within 30 business days. The change of itinerary will undoubtedly be a considerable disappointment for the guests, especially with the ship leaving in the weeks following the sending of the letter.
This news follows Norwegian getaway 17-day transatlantic trip departing in December which has also been modified. The cruise line has removed a stopover in Bermuda and replaced it with a full day at sea. The ship will spend a night in Miami after arriving a day earlier, like the Norwegian Epic.
Norwegian epic will begin Caribbean cruises from New York on December 5, starting with a seven-day itinerary that includes visits to the Dominican Republic, Tortola, St. Martin, St. Thomas and San Juan. The vessel weighs 155,873 gross tons and can accommodate 4,100 passengers in double occupancy.