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Norwegian Cruise Line Updates Cancellation Policy

Norwegian Cruise Line has updated its cancellation policy for sailings departing in January.

The company’s Peace of Mind contract reads, “For new and existing bookings made by January 31, 2022 for any voyage with an embarkation date through and including May 31, 2022, guests are free to cancel up to and including January 31, 2022 and get a full refund in the form of a future cruise credit.”

Those credits must be used on sailings debarking by December 31, 2022. If your sailing is not paid in full, you can opt for a refund to your original form of payment.

STORY: Norwegian Cruise Line Updates Cancellation Policy

Connecticut Senator Attacks Cruise Industry

Proving himself no friend of the cruise industry, last week Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal launched a Twitter attack against the industry.

The senator suggested that the industry should once again shut down until the pandemic could be dealt with. He said in a tweet, “Our warnings have proved sadly prescient and continuously compelling. Time for CDC & cruise lines to protect consumers & again pause—docking their ships. Cruises are repeating recent history as petri dishes of COVID infection.”

In response to the senator’s fear-mongering, Twitter users pointed out that last week his home state had a record-breaking 17.8 percent positivity rate… whereas the 55 passengers who tested positive on a recent Odyssey of the Seas sailing represent less than one percent of those on board.

MSC Seashore Denied Access Into MSC’s Private Island

MSC Seashore guests found themselves unable to disembark at the cruise line’s private island, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, last week.

After the ship had docked, the captain informed passengers that out of an abundance of caution, the Bahamian government was denying guests permission to go ashore due to a handful of passengers and crew having tested positive.

What makes this unusual is that unlike visits to heavily populated areas, the private island has only a handful of residents.

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