Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that it is cancelling three months of cruises on Norwegian Escape, due to fleet redeployment.
There are 8 cruises affected with departure dates between 3rd January 2025 and 21st March 2025, including three separate 14-night itineraries – which many people prefer to book in advance due to the planning and cost of a longer cruise.
“Fleet redeployment” simply means that the cruise line wishes to change its plans and move the ships elsewhere in the world. Norwegian Escape will be cruising in that three month period – but not on the same itineraries that many guests will have already booked.
Guests who did have a cruise booked during this period will be given a full refund within 30 business days. Anyone who booked their cruise using Future Cruise Credit (FCC) will have it restored to their account in full. All guests will also get a 10% discount on a future cruise (in the form of FCC) to apologise for the cancellations.
However, no statements have been made about any other costs passengers will incur due to the cancellations, such as any costs for travel to/from the port or associated hotel stays. Guests will likely have to claim on their travel insurance for these.
“We sincerely appreciate your understanding and, as always, are at your service.”Letter sent to guests and travel agents by Norwegian Cruise Line
This is not without precedent for NCL – the cruise line has already cancelled 11 cruises this winter for Norwegian Epic, again due to redeployment of the ship. And in January 2023, it was announced that a month of sailings for Norwegian Joy in 2024 would be cancelled so that the ship could enter drydock.
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