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Norwegian cancels all cruises through October 2020 because of coronavirus

Norwegian Cruise Line, sister brands cancel October sailings as part of monthly update

Norwegian Cruise Line announced on Wednesday it has extended its global cruise suspension through the end of October 2020.

This means it has cancelled all of its cruises on Norwegian Cruise Line, and sister brands Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, until November 1, 2020.

Guests who had cruises booked that are now cancelled are entitled to a few compensation offers:

  • 125% Future Cruise Credit of the amount paid. 
    • The FCC must be used one year from issued date for any Norwegian Cruise Line voyage embarking through 2022.
  • 100% refund of the amount paid to the original form of payment 60 days after submitting the Refund Request Form.
    • Refund requests must be submitted by no later than 5:00 pm EST on August 14, 2020.

NCL updated its website and stated the decision was made out of concern for the safety of guests and crew.

Your safety is our #1 priority—both on and off our ships. Due to the current global environment, we are extending the suspension of 2020 cruises to include all cruises embarking through October.

While Norwegian cancelled another month of sailings, they are engaged with Royal Caribbean to craft a new policy for keeping guests safe onboard, known as the Healthy Sail Panel.

The panel is a group of health experts that are creating a new strategy that will greatly minimize the risk for cruisers.

 Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Limited CEO Frank Del Rio recently said, "We compete for the vacationing consumer’s business every day, but we never compete on health and safety standards."

Once complete, the new plan will be submitted to the CDC, which will need to approve it and any other cruise line’s plan before it lets them sail from U.S. ports.