Trips of almost ten cruises in Miami were canceled due to a COVID-19 outbreak on one of the ships.
One of the companies that operate off the coast of the United States announced the modification of the itineraries of its ships that had scheduled departures between January and April 2022.
The cruise company Norwegian Cruise Line, based in Miami, announced on Wednesday the cancellation and modification of almost a dozen upcoming trips after returning to this city in southern Florida (USA) of one of its ships after detecting several cases of COVID-19 among its crew members.
"Our priority is the health and safety of our guests, the crew, and the communities we visit. Unfortunately, due to the current travel restrictions, we have had to modify some trips and, unfortunately, we have had to cancel" others, the shipping company said in a statement.
Starting with the cancellation of the ship "Norwegian Getaway," which had a boarding date this Wednesday in PortMiami, other company ships that will no longer depart on the scheduled date are added to a list made public this Wednesday.
These include "Norwegian Sky," "Pride of America," "Norwegian Jade," "Norwegian Star," "Norwegian Sun," and "Norwegian Spirit" cruises.
According to the statement, the departure dates ranged from January to April 2022.
The company also announced that "all guests who have booked for these trips will receive an automatic full refund that will be returned according to the payment method provided at the time of booking."
This Wednesday, the cruise ship "Norwegian Pearl" returned to Miami, which left last Monday from the same city of Florida with passengers to make a trip to several Caribbean countries.
In a letter sent to guests, the cruise line notified the return to port about 24 hours after sailing because they had "identified several positive cases of COVID-19 in our crew of the 'Norwegian Pearl'".
According to the letter, the ship traveled "with 100% vaccinated passengers and crew, the majority asymptomatic and controlled by our medical team."
"As we continue to navigate the fluid public health environment while focusing on providing a safe experience for all on board, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 'Norwegian Getaway' voyage on January 5, 2022, due to circumstances. Related to COVID-19, ″ Norwegian Cruise Line said today.
The ship was scheduled to sail a nine-day round-trip Caribbean itinerary from Miami from January 5 to January 14, 2022.
Last Thursday, amid the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant of COVID-19, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asked nationals to avoid cruise ships, regardless of whether they have been or not vaccinated.