With the uncertainty of Hurricane Dorian, two Norwegian Cruise Line ships that were supposed to return to Florida are being diverted to New Orleans to end their cruise.
Port Canaveral and Port Miami are now closed, leaving the cruise line no other option.
You can keep up with the Hurricane Dorian cruise ship itinerary changes here.
The United States Coast Guard made the decision over the weekend to close Port Miami as of 10 p.m. August 31, 2019.
As such, Norwegian Breakaway’s Sunday scheduled return on September 1 was canceled. The cruise line has been in close communication with government and local port authorities as to the earliest Norwegian Breakaway would be able to return to Miami, Florida. Due to the uncertainty of when the port will reopen, the cruise will conclude in New Orleans, Louisiana on September 3.
The August 29, 2019 sailing of Norwegian Sun that departed from Port Canaveral, Florida on Thursday, August 29, 2019, will also be terminating the cruise in New Orleans. Visits to Nassau, Great Stirrup Cay, and Freeport, Bahamas have been canceled. Sun spent a day at sea on Friday, August 30, overnighted in Cozumel, Mexico on August 31 and is en route to New Orleans.
Guests who booked shore excursions for any of the original ports of call through our shore excursion team, will receive a refund credited to their onboard account.
As with Breakaway, the return of Sun to Port Canaveral is dependant on what the storm does.
The Ticket Contact
The devil is in the details because the cruise line has the right to end the cruise where they want. This is part of the Norwegian Cruise Line ticket contract that all guests agree to.
(c) Itinerary Deviation: The Guest agrees that the Carrier has the sole discretion and liberty to direct the movements of the vessel, including the rights to: proceed without pilots and tow, and assist other vessels in all situations; deviate from the purchased voyage or the normal course for any purpose, including, without limitation, in the interest of Guests or of the vessel, or to save life or property; put in at any unscheduled or unadvertised port; cancel any scheduled call at any port for any reason and at any time before, during or after sailing of the vessel; omit, advance or delay landing at any scheduled or advertised port; return to port of embarkation or to any port previously visited if the Carrier deems it prudent to do so; substitute another vessel or port(s) of call without prior notice and without incurring any liability to the Guest on account thereof for any loss, damage or delay whatsoever, whether consequential or otherwise.
(d) Transfer: The Guest agrees that the Carrier has an absolute right to transfer the Guest and/or the Guest’s baggage to other carriers, whether by water, rail or air, to or toward the ultimate destination. In the event such substituted passage is for the convenience of the Carrier, it shall be at the Carrier’s cost. Otherwise, it shall be at the cost of the Guest.”
What’s next is based on the trajectory of Hurricane Dorian. Guests who are supposed to be sailing on upcoming voyages on either ship are urged to contact Norwegian Cruise Line for further information.
Norwegian says if you have any questions, please contact your dedicated travel professional, or call us at (800) 327-7030 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to midnight, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST Saturday and Sunday.