Norwegian cancels all remaining March 2021 cruises.

Norwegian cancels all remaining March 2021 cruises.

If you had plans to cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line in March 2021, you may wish to check your options.  The line has cancelled all remaining cruises planned for that month.  (See our attached link to Cruise Hive's article detailing the move.

News and Notes - 4/10/2020

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Cruising Update

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control is extending the "no sail" mandate for an additional 100 days unless contraviened by another authority.  This effectively means crusies on ships carrying more than 250 people are over until at least mid-July.  Even a July re-start presumes response planning by the cruise industry is approved by the CDC and the state of the pandemic allows for it.  The cruise lines are continuing to be generous with rebooking options however.

Disney Cruise Lines Extends Shut-down

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Disney Cruise Lines has now extended their suspension of cruise operations through the end of June.  This is the first cruise line to do so and portends simular extensions by other lines.

Norwegian Epic Crashes Into Pier.

Epic Crash

View the video on Youtube.

The Norwegian Epic suffered a partial loss of power resulting in two stops in the British and U.S. Virgin Islands.  That's bad.  Worse was the attempt to dock in San Jaun as the ship made its way back to Florida.  The wind overcame two tugs and bow thrusters resulting in two mooring points being knocked over as their edges scrapped dents in the Epic's hull.  As seen in a growing number of Youtube videos recorded by passengers onboard the Norwegian Epic, Celebrity Edge and pier side the incident surely will be the highlighted sea story passengers on both ships tell for a very long time!  There were no injuries and the Epic completed the full seven day cruise save for the missed ports of call.  Predictably passengers were posting on social media demanding full refunds for their "ruined" vacations.  Norwegian offered 50% refunds for the trouble, which on any other such occasion would be generous at the least.  One of the very first things any travel agent tells you or that the fine print of every cruise contract states, ports of call are NOT guaranteed.  No ships services were compromised and the cruise was not cut short.  I don't know of any examples of full refunds being made in an instance such as this.

Disney Dream Rams Nassau, Island Remains Afloat.

Nobody was hurt.  The ship didn't suffer more than cosmetic damage.  Grand Bahama island did not sink.  However a harbor pilot is going to have a really bad annual review and the Mickey Mouse forever hanging off the back of the Diseny Dream will have some serious work to do following the ship backing into the pier this week.  There are limited pictures of the incident but the tireless staff at CruiseAficionados.com have given us this artists image based on first hand accounts.

 It appears the ship was driven into the pier by a harbor pilot by the name of captain Kado Oquoné, seen here in this file photo.

Kado Oquon (File Photo)

The following YouTube video was posted online, however we have not been able to independantly confirm the authenticity.  Are we the only ones getting sick of watching video recorded by people with phones who can't be bothered to turn the device sideways, seriously get a clue folks, it isn't cute anymore.

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