Norwegian Cruise Line and its sister cruise brands have suspended all cruise operations until April 11, 2020.
All NCL Cruise Brands Suspend Operations
Norwegian Cruise Line has joined the growing list of cruise lines to halt all cruise operations as a result of the coronavirus outbreak around the world. The three cruise brands which include NCL, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas will suspend cruises departing between March 13 and April 11, 2020.
Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd, said:
“The safety, security and well-being of our guests and crew is our highest priority. With the COVID-19 coronavirus impacting communities around the globe, we have enacted a voluntary temporary suspension of cruise voyages across our brands effective immediately.”
“We understand the inconvenience that this disruption may cause our guests and travel partners during these quickly evolving and challenging times, and we appreciate their understanding as we partner with local, state, federal and global agencies to combat the spread of COVID-19.”
Even though the company has not had any confirmed cases of COVID-19 it aims to help stop the spread of the deadly virus which has already infected thousands around the world. Guests who are already on their cruise vacation across 28-ships will be disembarked as soon as possible and the cruise will help in travel arrangments.
Those who are booked on voyages which were scheduled to depart between March 13 and April 11, 2020, will receive compensation. A 125% refund in the form of a future cruise credit will be offered which can be used on a future cruise through December 31, 2022. For those who do not want to cruise in the future will receive a full refund within 90 days of cancellation.
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The three cruise lines join Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises, Viking Cruises and many others which have now suspended operations around the world. The cruise industry has been impacted and travel from Europe to the United States is being banned.