Cruise ships headed to New York ports make alternate plans

By Rebecca Tobin
The New York cruise port is closed, cruise lines said Tuesday as they broadcast alternative plans for New York-bound ships.

Norwegian Cruise Line said the Norwegian Gem, which was scheduled to arrive in New York earlier this week, would instead call in Boston to take on supplies and fuel, and then sail toward New York and remain at sea until the port reopens.

The line said passengers would be allowed to disembark in Boston, and that it would assist with travel plans for passengers who had booked air through Norwegian.

"At this point, we are anticipating that the port will reopen on Thursday or Friday," Norwegian said.

The Crystal Symphony, whose Oct. 29 arrival into New York was also delayed — the ship remained in Boston until Oct. 30 — will now sail to Charleston, S.C., and will embark passengers there.

Princess Cruises said the pier in Brooklyn, N.Y., was closed until the weekend, which affected the Caribbean Princess, which had been scheduled to embark passengers there Oct. 31.

The Caribbean Princess also remained in Boston instead of sailing for the Brooklyn port. Passengers were able to leave the ship in Boston.

Princess said its Los Angeles office was "researching other ports, and we are hopeful the ship might be able to call to Manhattan on Friday."

With regard to embarking passengers, "those passengers who have Princess Air and/or Princess transfers will be contacted regarding their specific travel plans," the line said. "Passengers will receive a per diem for any cruise days missed due to a late embarkation. As we monitor the impact of this unprecedented weather condition, we will continue to keep our passengers updated."

The ports lineup on the Emerald Princess (sailing south from Quebec) and the Ruby Princess (sailing in the Caribbean) were impacted by the storm.

Royal Caribbean International said Tuesday that it had not yet altered the boarding time or itinerary of any ships departing from Baltimore or Bayonne, N.J., this Thursday, Friday or Sunday, but it said it would post updates to its agent site, CruisingPower.com, on Wednesday.
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