Norwegian cruise ship cancels trip halfway due to COVID-19 concerns

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CORRECTION: Cruise ship Norwegian Gem canceled during its voyage and is back in New York. A previous version of this article contained incorrect information.

A Norwegian cruise ship has returned to New York after its trip was cut short due to COVID-19 concerns, a company spokeswoman said.

Christine Da Silva, Senior Vice President of Branding and Communications, Norwegian Cruise Line, says USA Today Friday that the Norwegian Gem was 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 the current navigation of Norwegian Gem in the Caribbean, due to COVID-related circumstances,” Da Silva said. the publication.

Aimee Focaraccio, who embarked on a 10-day cruise on the Norwegian Gem from New York, told USA Today she was notified Thursday that the cruise would be canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, but did not receive an early 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 said after the ship’s stopover in St. Maarten on Friday, it would not call at ports or islands again.

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

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

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 and an additional cruise credit equivalent to 50% of the current voyage fare to be applied to a future cruise by May 2023.

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