Norwegian Cruise Line canceled one sailing and cut anther one short due to the rising number of omicron cases sweeping the globe.
NCL said it had canceled the Norwegian Getaway's next sailing, a
nine-day Caribbean cruise scheduled to depart today. The Getaway's
current cruise ended today. The Norwegian Pearl's 11-day cruise that left Miami Monday was cut short, turning back to port after two days.
The news puts the cruise industry in the same category as airlines, hotels, restaurants and other hospitality venues having to shut down or cut service due to staffing issues caused by the omicron surge. Both ships are operating with 100% vaccination of guests and crew.
The Norwegian Pearl's 11-day cruise that left Miami Monday was cut short, turning back to port after two days. Photo Credit: NCL
The Pearl's Panama Canal sailing had not visited any ports when the ship told passengers that it had identified several Covid-19 positive cases within the Pearl crew, most asymptomatic and in isolation, according to a travel advisor with clients onboard the ship. The Pearl had been set to visit Colombia, Panama, Mexico, Costa Rica and Belize.
NCL told customers and travel advisors that it canceled the Getaway sailing due to Covid-related circumstances.
Last week, Crew Center reported that Cunard cut short the Queen Mary 2's itinerary and canceled its New York arrival due to the ship needing additional manning to sail back to the U.K.