Norwegian Cruise Line is keeping one of its ships away from Hurricane Irma hit islands in the Eastern Caribbean.
Norwegian Escape is staying away from the Eastern Caribbean and will only be sailing Western Caribbean sailings until November. The cruise line is contacting all booked passengers know about the itinerary changes.
The NCL cruise ship Western Caribbean 7-day itinerary includes calls in Roatan, Harvest Caye, Costa Maya and Cozumel. The 7-day Eastern Caribbean sailing which will not take place until November includes calls in St. Thomas, Tortola, and Nassau. Some of the island included on the Eastern Caribbean itinerary have been impacted by Hurricane Irma.
At the moment Norwegian Cruise Line stated:
Norwegian Escape is sailing at full capacity with approximately 4,000 displaced guests from both Norwegian Sky and Norwegian Escape that were unable to secure flights back home when the ships returned early to Miami on Thursday, September 7.
Norwegian Escape will depart Cozumel, Mexico tonight at 5 pm. The ship will proceed towards Miami and will dock once PortMiami reopens. Due to the devastating impact in the Caribbean from Hurricane Irma, all of Norwegian Escape’s upcoming Eastern Caribbean sailings until November will be altered to a Western Caribbean itinerary. All guests scheduled to sail on any affected cruises will be notified of the change.
Norwegian Escape is based out of Port Miami, Florida. It is also important to note that the cruise line is helping evacuate tourists stranded on the Irma hit island of St. Maarten. Norwegian Sky is being used by the government for the rescue mission.
Norwegian Cruise Lines Miami based headquarters will also re-open on Wednesday but essential support staff will keep things going by working remotely which could still cause support delays.