|Hurricane Sandy Impacts Cruise Schedules|
As hurricane Sandy batters the New York metropolitan area, cruise lines are still scrambling to provide vacation experiences and maintain schedules. Below are the updates provided by the cruise lines.
Norwegian Cruise LineHurricane Sandy Update
Monday, October 29, 2012 at 5 pm ET
At Norwegian Cruise Line, the safety and security of our guests and crew is of the utmost importance. Therefore, the company continues to closely monitor the path of Hurricane Sandy and has the following updates:
Given the current information regarding the path and speed of Hurricane Sandy, and as long as the Port of New York re-opens, we expect embarkation for Norwegian Gem’s next cruise to take place on Wednesday, October 31 beginning at noon and the ship will depart at 4 pm. Guests should continue to check ncl.com for the latest information or call 800-327-7030 if they need assistance.
As soon as the Coast Guard re-opens the Port of New York, Norwegian Gem will proceed to the pier which may be Tuesday, October 30, in the afternoon. At that time, we would give guests the option of disembarking the ship or staying onboard overnight, allowing them the opportunity to make the appropriate travel arrangements.
Norwegian Jewel will arrive as scheduled in Port Canaveral, Florida tomorrow, Tuesday, October 30.
Norwegian Dawn is overnighting in Halifax, Nova Scotia and will depart at 7 am tomorrow. The ship is scheduled to call in Boston on Wednesday, October 31.
Guests on board these vessels will be kept up to date by the ship’s Captain.
We appreciate our guests’ understanding and patience.
October 29, 2012
10:00 a.m. E.S.T
Royal Caribbean International continues to closely monitor the path and progress of Hurricane Sandy to ensure guests enjoy safe and comfortable cruises, and to make certain our ships steer clear of the storm. The safety of our guests and crew is always our foremost concern.
Brilliance of the Seas
Brilliance of the Seas cancelled its call to Bar Harbor, Maine, for Tuesday, October 30. Instead, the ship called to St. John, New Brunswick, today, as scheduled, and will remain in port until Tuesday. This will provide the ship with the most shelter from the weather and ensure a safe and comfortable experience for all guests and crew onboard.
Enchantment of the Seas
Enchantment of the Seas will be unable to call on Kings Wharf, Bermuda, as originally scheduled. Instead, the ship sailed out to sea in an effort to try to find the calmest seas possible.
Jewel of the Seas
Given Hurricane Sandy’s current location and projected path, Jewel of the Seas did not depart Boston, Massachusetts, yesterday, as scheduled, but will remain docked in port until Tuesday, October 30. Due to the delayed departure from Boston, Jewel of the Seas will sail a revised itinerary.
Hurricane Sandy Updates
October 27 departure (Voyage B237)
Updated as of October 29, 2012 at 2 pm PDT
Passengers onboard Caribbean Princess’ voyage B237 are currently in Boston during Day 2 of a 4-day cruise. Passengers have been advised that the ship plans to sail for New York tomorrow (Tuesday). The sea conditions will require the vessel to operate at significantly reduced speeds and will impact their arrival into New York. We currently expect to be delayed by at least one day and arriving no earlier than Thursday morning. As this unprecedented weather condition is constantly changing, we will continue to keep our passengers onboard updated on the situation.
Due to the unprecedented circumstances, we understand that some passengers will wish to disembark in Boston and have provided them information how to disembark Tuesday.
We are currently rebooking air travel for those passengers who purchased air through Princess, and are offering complimentary phone and internet services for those passengers who need to make changes to their independent travel plans.
As a gesture of goodwill, in recognition of the extreme circumstances, we are offering compensation to all passengers onboard in the form of a Future Cruise Credit. Once we are underway and the full impact on our voyage is known, we will communicate details to the impacted passengers while onboard.
October 31 departure (Voyage B238)
Updated as of October 29, 2012 at 2 pm PDT
We look forward to welcoming passengers onboard for Caribbean Princess’ voyage B238 originally scheduled to embark on Wednesday, October 31.
Due to the extreme weather conditions of Hurricane Sandy, we have advised our passengers on Caribbean Princess’ voyage B238 that we expect to embark passenger later than originally planned. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience; however the current voyage of Caribbean Princess is expected to arrive into New York at least one day late, impacting the embarkation for the following voyage.
We tentatively expect our embarkation to be moved from Wednesday, October 31 to Thursday, November 1. Passengers will receive a per diem for any cruise days missed due to a late embarkation. As this unprecedented weather situation continues to change, we will keep passengers updated as to any new information. Those passengers who have Princess Air and/or Princess transfers will be contacted regarding their specific travel plans. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to welcoming our passengers onboard.
Updated as of October 27, 2012 at Noon PDT
Passengers joined Emerald Princess yesterday in Quebec to begin their 12-day cruise ending in Ft. Lauderdale on November 7.
Due to the presence of Hurricane Sandy and the impact it will have on the New England area, the port calls to Bar Harbor, Boston and Newport have been cancelled. Port calls to Port Saguenay and Corner Brook have been added.
The revised itinerary is as follows:
Saturday October 27 Quebec depart 6:00pm
Sunday October 28 Port Saguenay 7:00am - 4:00pm
Monday October 29 at Sea
Tuesday October 30 Corner Brook 8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday October 31 Sydney 7:00am - 4:00pm
Thursday November 1 Halifax 7:00am - 4:00pm
Friday November 2 at Sea
Saturday November 3 New York 7:15am - 5:00pm
Sunday November 4 at Sea
Monday November 5 Charleston 9:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday November 6 at Sea
Wednesday November 7 Ft. Lauderdale 7:00am
We will continue to provide updates on Princess.com as more information becomes available.
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