Passengers Stuck at Sea After Norwegian Cancels Cruise Mid-voyage

A Norwegian cruise ship is returning to New York after its voyage was cut short amid COVID-19-related issues, a spokeswoman for the company said.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s senior vice president of branding and communication, Christine Da Silva, told USA Today on Friday that the Norwegian Gem was scheduled to return to New York “shortly,” without providing a definite date.

“As we continue to navigate the fluid public health environment, while focusing on delivering a safe experience for all on board, today, we made the difficult decision to cancel Norwegian Gem’s current Caribbean sailing, due to COVID-related circumstances,” Da Silva told the publication.

Aimee Focaraccio, who boarded a 10-day cruise on the Norwegian Gem from New York, told USA Today that she was notified on Thursday that the cruise would be canceled due to issues related to COVID-19 but was not given an early return date.

“We will arrive as per schedule on the 19th in the morning,” cruise ship personnel reportedly said, according to a recording Focaraccio provided the news outlet.

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Source: the Hill