Major Cruise Line Cancels Months Of Sailings

As a result of a fleet reconfiguration, Norwegian Cruise Line has canceled more than seven months’ worth of sailings on the Norwegian Sun.

Full ticket refunds and a 10% future cruise credit are on the table for customers. The credit is valid for any of Norwegian’s advertised sailings until December 31, 2025.

These alterations follow the line’s June decision to postpone three 2025 sailings aboard the Norwegian Epic in order to give the ship “a refresh.” As a result of a full-ship charter, Norwegian has already canceled sailings on Norwegian Spirit that were supposed to take place from early July to mid-September 2024.

The federal government does not control cruise cancellation policies in the same way that it regulates airline rules. Cruise companies usually provide refunds and try to accommodate customers on other itineraries, according to Jared Feldman of Jafeldma Travel. Extra compensation may be on the table as well.

Given the ongoing escalation of Israel’s conflict with the terrorist organization Hamas, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has decided to suspend its stops in Israel through 2024.

After reducing its 2023 occupancy forecast to 102.6% from 103.5% due to delays impacting fourth-quarter performance, Norwegian rescheduled several August itineraries due to the Maui wildfires. As a result, the business lowered its full-year prediction.

After predicting 80 cents in adjusted per-share profits for the year, Norwegian is now projecting 73 cents. The company’s stock dropped by almost 3% on Wednesday.

Cruises to the Middle East region have been affected by the Israeli war, and not just on itineraries that stop in Israel. A competitor of Royal Caribbean’s, Royal Caribbean Group, recently warned that 3 cents per share would be cut from the company’s annual profits due to canceled sailings to Israel. The safety and well-being of customers and crew members are Norway’s first concern, and CEO Harry Sommer expressed optimism that the crisis with Israel would be short-lived.