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For some people, the devastation caused by last year’s worse-than-usual hurricane season is gone and forgotten. But some cruisers got a reminder today that a few of the hardest-hit Caribbean islands are still struggling to recover from the hurricanes, as Norwegian Cruise Line announced that more than a dozen sailings of the Norwegian Getaway will see itinerary changes.
Why Norwegian Is Making The Change
In a letter sent to travel partners and booked passengers, Norwegian explained the reason they felt the change in itinerary — which shifts 13 sailings from a scheduled Eastern Caribbean sailing to one through the Western Caribbean — was necessary. “While rebuilding efforts from the 2017 hurricane season are in full swing in the Eastern Caribbean,” read the missive from Norwegian, “we continue to evaluate our itineraries to ensure we provide our guests the best possible cruise vacation. Based on recent evaluation of ports of call in the region, it is necessary to adjust the current seven-day Eastern Caribbean itinerary to offer the vacation experiences we seek to provide.”
Where The Ship Will Now Go
As a result, the Norwegian Getaway — currently sailing out of Miami — will go from a St. Thomas, Tortola and Nassau run to one which sees the ship visiting Costa Maya, Harvest Caye, Rotan and Cozumel. The letter hopes to comfort unhappy passengers by pointing out that the Western route stops at one more port than did the original itinerary. Plus, the Getaway will now stop at Norwegian’s private island in Belize, Harvest Caye. Finally, guests will receive an on-board credit — $50 per stateroom for guests of The Haven, $25 for those booked in any other category stateroom.
The impacted sailings will depart on April 15, April 29, May 13, May 27, June 10, June 24, July 8, July 22, Aug. 5, Aug. 19, Sept. 2, Sept. 16 and Sept. 30. Itinerary changes have been occurring across all of the major cruise lines ever since the storms hit during 2017’s particularly rough hurricane season as the islands impacted continue striving toward recovery.
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