Norwegian Cruise Line changed nearly the entire itinerary of a cruise bound for Bermuda because of Hurricane Fiona, rerouting passengers to Canada instead, the cruise line said.
“While we always intend to maintain original itineraries, at times, as with hurricanes, it is necessary to modify our ports of call,” the cruise line told guests in a letter it provided to USA TODAY. “As you can imagine, we have been closely monitoring Hurricane Fiona. Due to the storm’s projected path, we will no longer be able to call to Bermuda.”
The round-trip voyage on the Norwegian Getaway ship departing New York on Thursday was set to stop in Bermuda Saturday and Sunday, but will instead stop in Newport, Rhode Island, Portland, Maine and Saint John in New Brunswick, Canada.
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What does the itinerary change mean for guests?
Norwegian began welcoming unvaccinated travelers on many sailings earlier this month, but those over the age of 12 traveling to Canada must be fully vaccinated due to its travel restrictions. The cruise line said in the letter that guests unable to sail due to the requirements would be given a future cruise credit for the entire amount of the fare they paid.
The credit will be available on Oct. 10, and can be used for any cruise through Aug. 31, 2023. The cruise line also gave guests continuing on the sailing a non-refundable credit of $100 per cabin to use on board.
“Additionally, we are working closely with the government of Bermuda to arrange all guests be refunded the Bermuda Travel Authorization fee,” the cruise line added. “We will share additional updates pertaining to this reimbursement after the completion of your sailing.”
Norwegian said Bermuda shore excursions booked through the cruise line would be automatically canceled and refunded to guests’ on-board accounts.
How will Hurricane Fiona impact Bermuda?
Bermuda is expected to see hurricane conditions Thursday night into Friday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center. Large swells created by the storm “are expected to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions along much of the east coast of the United States, the Bahamas, Bermuda, and Atlantic Canada during the next few days,” the center said on its website.
Fiona previously battered Puerto Rico and other parts of the Caribbean, and left many people without water or power.