Changes in itineraries due to coronavirus
The Princess Cruise Line has cancelled five departures of the Diamond Princess' from Yokohama, the port for Tokyo where it has been stuck for more than two weeks. The cruise line says this is due to the ship’s prolonged quarantine period, and the anticipated time to prepare the ship to return to service. The ship was currently due to return to service on April 29, in time for the start of Japan’s Golden Week celebrations. Cruises have also been cancelled on 'Majestic Princess' all the way up to and including April 2. These included a series of round-trip departures from Keeling, the port for Taipei. Cruises on the 'Sapphire Princess' have been cancelled all the way up to and including Oct 22. These included a whole series of round-trips from Shanghai, and other cruises departing from Singapore, Yokohama and Hong Kong. The 'Sapphire Princess' will redeploy to Australia six months earlier than planned, and 44 new cruises from five major cities will be introduced as new itineraries to replace the cancelled Asia programme. This new year-long programme in Australia will go on sale from Feb 27. All booked guests on cancelled voyages will receive a full refund of their cruise fare, air fares (if booked with Princess), hotel packages, pre-paid shore excursions, along with a future cruise credit. The 'Queen Elizabeth' will no longer cbe alling at Hong Kong on March 31 and Shanghai on April 4, with replacement ports yet to be announced. The 'Queen Mary 2’s voyage from Asia to Australia has been modified with the introduction of the following Australian ports: Darwin on Feb 24-25 and Yorkneys Knob (for Cairns) on Feb 29. After sailing to Airlie Beach, the ship reverts to the original itinerary. Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ 'Columbus' will no longer call at Tianjin (for Beijing) on March 17 or Hong Kong on March 23, which has been replaced by Chan May in Vietnam. Norwegian Cruise Line cancelled the departure of the 'Norwegian Jade' from Singapore on Feb 17. In addition, all sailings in Asia on the 'Norwegian Spirit' have been cancelled from April 15 through to Dec 7. Instead, the newly refurbished ship will set sail on a series of 17-, 20- and 28-day voyages spanning three continents, including departures from Dubai, United Arab Emirates on March 2; and Cape Town, South Africa on March 22, 2020, before homeporting in Piraeus (for Athens) for the first time on April 19. She will then offer a season of seven-day voyages to the Greek islands, Turkey, and Israel through to November 8. Compensation?Passengers have a choice between cancelling and receiving a full refund, or remaining onboard the affected sailing and getting 50 per cent of their cruise fare credited back. After Holland America Line’s 'Westerdam' was diverted to Sihanoukville, Cambodia, arriving on Feb 13, the next voyage was cancelled. As a further precaution, the line has cancelled two further cruises departing on February 29. These are a 14-day Taiwan & Japan sailing, and a 28-day Taiwan, Japan and South Korea itinerary. Compensation? Guests will receive a full refund, and a future cruise credit for 50 per cent of the cruise fare paid.
NORWEGIAN SPIRIT to undergo 40-day USD 100 million upgrade in Marseille
In a major endorsement of the skills of Marseille-based shiprepairer Chantier Naval de Marseille (CNdM), Norwegian Cruise Line has placed its USD 100 million upgrade of NORWEGIAN SPIRIT with the French shipyard.
Passengers furious after cruise ship had to skip several ports
The "Norwegian Spirit" had to skip several port calls after its departure from Southampton on Sep 27, 2019. The ship was sheduled to call at Amsterdam, Le Havre Bergen, Flam and Geiranger as well as e Akureyri and Reykjavík before returning to Belfast and Dublin. Due to inclement weather Amsterdam had to be skipped as well as Le Havre, and the ship headed directly to Norway where the ship berthed in a 'deserted' town which was closed to tourists, with the famous fjords viewable only from a distance. A stop in Reykjavik was cancelled and replaced with a trip to Greenock, near Glasgow – but the ship was refused permission to dock there in the morning of Ovt 7, and the captain decided to head to Belfast instead. By this point, passengers had endured three days at sea and the ship's sewage system was failing. Many passengers said food served in the restaurants had gone stale. There was further fury when US-based operator Norwegian Cruise Line declined full refunds and offered passengers only a 25 per cent voucher towards a future cruise. Hundreds of the 2000 passengers were protesting in the ship's grand atrium amid chants of 'shame on you', 'we want refunds' and 'get us off this ship'. The passengers, including British, American and Chinese tourists, can be heard shouting 'take us back to London' in front of crew members and security guards. One demanded: 'I want to see the captain. He should be out here.' Security was pulled out and they were threatening to arrest several passengers. Many passengers left the ship after it stopped in Belfast on Oct 7 and decided to make their own way back to London. A spokesman for Norwegian Cruise Line said: 'Norwegian Spirit was forced to cancel her call to Greenock due to weather conditions as well as a delay caused by a departing Navy vessel that experienced a technical malfunction.' Reports with photos and videos: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-49987767 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7551905/Cruise-ship-passengers-5-300-mystical-fjords-tour-rebel-tell-crew-want-liner.htmlUpload News