Omicron Forces Norwegian to Cancel Additional Cruises, Delay Restart For Five Ships

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that it will be canceling upcoming cruises for three ships and delaying the return of five other vessels.

Which Ships Are Being Canceled

On Tuesday, the current sailing of Norwegian Pearl and the sailing of Norwegian Getaway which was due to depart on Wednesday were each canceled. Pearl, which was two days into a scheduled 11-day sailing, began making its way back to Miami so it could disembark passengers.

On Wednesday, travel partners and their guests received a letter saying that Norwegian’s “first priority is the health and safety of our guests, crew and the communities we visit. Due to ongoing travel restrictions, we’ve had to modify a few sailings and, unfortunately, have had to cancel the following voyages.”

Two different types of sailings were impacted.

The five ships below will see their scheduled returns delayed to the following dates:

  • Norwegian Sky, which was scheduled to restart on January 24, will now resume operations from Miami, Florida on March 2, 2022.
  • Pride of America, which was scheduled to restart on January 24, will now resume operations from Honolulu, Hawaii on March 5, 2022.
  • Norwegian Star, which was scheduled to restart on January 16, will now resume operations from Barcelona, Spain on April 3, 2022.
  • Norwegian Sun, which was scheduled to restart on January 28, from Hong Kong, will now resume operations from Seattle, Washington on May 5, 2022.
  • Norwegian Spirit, which was scheduled to restart on February 24, will now resume operations from Tahiti on May 7, 2022.
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Norwegian Spirit (Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line)

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In addition, three ships that already had returned to service will have several sailings canceled due to what the line is calling “COVID related circumstances.” Those ships will now return to service on the dates below:

  • Norwegian Getaway’s next sail date is January 14, from Miami, Florida.
  • Norwegian Pearl’s next sail date is also January 17, from Miami, Florida.
  • Norwegian Jade, which was the first Norwegian ship to resume cruising from Greece last July, will pause operations until March 30, and resume cruising from Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy.

All guests booked on these sailings will receive an automatic full refund returned to the form of payment provided at the time of reservation, as well as a bonus Future Cruise Certificate valid for a future cruise.

From the beginning of the cruise industry restart, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings brands came out of the gate strong, requiring all passengers, regardless of age, to be fully vaccinated. Currently, Norwegian is testing all guests at the pier and plans to continue doing so through February 28.

Norwegian does not currently require guests to do a self-test at home, but recommends doing so in order to avoid traveling to the pier only to discover they are unable to board.

Booked guests should contact their travel agent or the cruise line for refund and compensation details and questions.

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