Norwegian Cruise Line said that due to growing concerns about coronavirus in Asia, it is canceling all of the Norwegian Spirit’s Asia itineraries from April 15 through December.

The cruise line has not said yet where the ship will be redeployed.

Norwegian said in a statement to booked passengers that it was giving them a full refund and a future cruise credit worth 10% of the cruise fare. Norwegian also said it would cover up to $300 per person for any airfare change fees.

The Spirit’s 24-day cruise from Cape Town, South Africa, to Singapore departing March 22 will no longer conclude in Singapore. The itinerary has been revised to a 27-day sailing ending in Piraeus, Greece.  

Guests who choose to sail the modified itinerary will receive a 50% refund to the original form of payment, Norwegian said. Guests can also choose to cancel the cruise by Feb. 14 and receive a full refund.

“While it is always our intention to maintain original itineraries, at times, unforeseen circumstances require us to make modifications. We appreciate our guests’ patience during this time,” Norwegian said in a statement. 

Norwegian also said that any guest with a Chinese, Hong Kong, or Macau passport will be unable to board any of its ships, regardless of residency. The only exception is a U.S. Alien Resident with a Green Card traveling on itineraries that sail from a U.S. port and end in a U.S. port.


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