A general view of the Norwegian Gem cruise ship in port at Nassau, Bahamas.
The company called off the cruise mid-voyage due to COVID-19 concerns.
Christopher Sadowski

Travelers on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship in the Caribbean have become stuck at sea after the company called off the sail mid-voyage due to COVID-19 issues, according to a report.

Aimee Focaraccio said she boarded the Norwegian Gem from New York for a 10-day trip last Sunday for her birthday, but the vacation became a “nightmare” when the cruise line canceled the voyage four days later and provided no timeline for the ship to return, USA Today reported.

“Without the islands and ports to break up the sea days this is turning into a nightmare. I really can’t imagine four more sea days back to back without much to do,” Focaraccio told the outlet.

She said the prospect of being stuck on the boat was “extremely unsettling.”

“Tomorrow will really be the only nice day to enjoy the outdoors and after that, we will be stuck inside. With limited shows, small crowds, and nothing to do. I’m upset,” Focaraccio told the news outlet.

Others, however, were taking the last-minute changes in stride.

The Norwegian Gem cruise ship is shown docked.
The New York return date for the Norwegian Cruise Line has not been specified.
AP / Wilfredo Lee

“We all knew when we booked during such difficult times due to Covid that there would most likely be changes to our itinerary,” Anthony Bivona told the outlet. “It was not the exact itinerary we signed up for but has still been an absolutely amazing cruise.”

No further details were provided about the COVID-19 issues that led to the cancelation.

Christine Da Silva, senior vice president of branding and communication for Norwegian Cruise Line, did not specify exactly when the cruise would return to New York, but said that it would be “shortly.”

“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 said.  

All passengers on the Gem will receive a full refund, Cruise Industry News reported.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that cruising right now faces a risk of getting and spreading the virus, regardless of vaccination status. 

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