Cruisers booked on Norwegian Getaway for spring and summer 2018 will now visit ports in the Western Caribbean in lieu of the Eastern Caribbean.
Norwegian Cruise Line has altered all of the ship’s itineraries from April to September, citing “a recent evaluation of ports of call in the region” that are still undergoing “rebuilding efforts from the 2017 hurricane season,” in a letter issued to those on affected sailings. The ship — whose original Eastern Caribbean itinerary included St. Thomas, Tortola and Nassau — will now call at Roatan, Honduras; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico; and Harvest Caye, the line’s purpose-built island in southern Belize.
The letter, which was posted to Cruise Critic’s Norwegian forums by member stormgrey11, also includes compensation details. Passengers in inside, ocean-view, balcony and mini-suite cabins will receive $25 in onboard credit per cabin; those booked in the Haven will receive a $50 onboard credit per suite. All affected passengers will be entitled to the compensation.
A spokesperson for Norwegian confirmed the changes, adding, “As consumer demand for our Western Caribbean itineraries has been high, Norwegian Getaway’s Eastern Caribbean itineraries will switch to Western Caribbean from mid-April to September.”
The ship is already sailing Western Caribbean itineraries — a change that was made in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which devastated a number of Eastern Caribbean islands in September 2017.
While all of the Caribbean ports have since reopened, many are still in recovery mode, and others are accepting only a limited number of cruise ships.