NCL Cancels 8 Scheduled Cruises On Norwegian Escape - Anchors Up
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NCL Cancels 8 Scheduled Cruises On Norwegian Escape

NCL Cancels 8 Scheduled Cruises On Norwegian Escape Anchors Up

Norwegian Cruise Line recently announced the cancellation of its Norwegian Escape cruises for a three-month period, citing fleet redeployment. This decision impacts eight scheduled cruises set to depart between January 3, 2025, and March 21, 2025, including three popular 14-night itineraries often preferred by travelers who plan ahead due to the intricate logistics and expenses involved in longer cruises.

The term "fleet redeployment" signifies the cruise line's intention to alter its operational strategy by relocating ships to different parts of the world. Although Norwegian Escape will still be operational during this period, the previously booked itineraries for many guests will no longer be available.

Passengers who had bookings for these affected cruises will receive full refunds within 30 business days. Those who utilised Future Cruise Credit (FCC) for their bookings will have the credits fully reinstated in their accounts. Additionally, all impacted guests will receive a 10% discount on a future cruise, provided in the form of FCC, as a gesture of apology for the inconvenience caused by the cancellations.

However, there has been no mention regarding any additional expenses that passengers might incur due to these cancellations, such as costs related to travel to/from the port or accommodations. It is likely that affected guests will need to rely on their travel insurance policies to cover these additional expenses.

This situation is not unprecedented for Norwegian Cruise Line, as the company had previously canceled 11 winter cruises for Norwegian Epic due to a similar ship redeployment. Additionally, in January 2023, it was announced that a month's worth of sailings for Norwegian Joy in 2024 would be canceled to facilitate the ship's entry into drydock. The cruise line has expressed gratitude for the understanding of its guests and assured them of their continued service.