Norwegian Cruise Line disappointed those eager to travel this week when the company announced that it would be canceling cruises at least until October.
FoxBusiness.com reports that Norwegian announced the cancellations will affect its three principal brands: Norwegian, Oceana, and Regent. Practically all of the company's sailings will be canceled between August 1 and September 30, 2020, with the exception of Alaska cruises out of Seattle. Additionally, Norwegian is canceling certain October voyages as well.
The announcement, while disappointing, should not a complete surprise. Other cruise lines have also announced similar cancellations and delays. In particular, Carnival Cruise Line initially announced that it would return to cruising on August 1. But the world's largest cruise company backtracked last week when its CEO admitted that he did not know when the company would return to operations. Similarly, Royal Caribbean's CEO's indicated that he is also unsure when his company will return to the seas.
The cruise industry is still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier this week the Miami Herald reported that area still 42,000 cruise ship crewmembers stranded aboard cruise across the world, many of them battling coronavirus.