Hurricane Sandy has caused several cruise ships to alter course or cancel trips altogether in order to avoid any cruise ship accidents. Unfortunately, there were some vessels that were already out at sea when the storm began to grow in strength and cruise line officials have been doing their best to avoid the storm’s path at all costs.
For cruise passengers on the Norwegian Cruise Line ship Gem, the safety of the shore will have to wait a little longer. Travelers on the ship, which was headed for New York City, will have to remain at sea for at least another day – and possibly more.
The Gem was on a nine-day eastern Caribbean cruise sailing round-trip from New York. The vessel departed on Oct. 20 and was scheduled to return Oct. 29 but all area ports have been closed due to the sheer size of the storm and parameter that Hurricane Sandy encompasses and the vessel’s authorities have no choice but to remain in the choppy waters.
However, cruise ship authorities are doing everything possible to keep passengers and crewmembers safe and as comfortable as possible.
“All passengers on the ship are comfortable and we have opened up phone lines and Internet so passengers can make complimentary calls and emails as needed,” said Vanessa Lane, a spokeswoman for Norwegian, to ABC News.
“At Norwegian Cruise Line, the safety and security of our guests and crew is of the utmost importance. The Port of New York is currently closed. The Coast Guard has not yet determined when it will re-open the port. Therefore, Norwegian Gem will remain at sea today. Guests scheduled to sail on Norwegian Gem are asked to stay at home and not come to the terminal as it is closed. At this time, we anticipate that, with the current forecast of the storm’s path, the ship could potentially embark guests on Wednesday, Oct. 31.”
The Gem had been scheduled to end its voyage in New York and commence a new nine-day cruise on Oct.29.
As cruise passengers and crewmen weather the storm it’s important to turn to a cruise accident lawyer for help if you or a loved one do suffer any injuries as a result of Hurricane Sandy or any other reason. Lipcon’s cruise lawyers have been representing the needs of victims since 1971. We will endeavor to help you and your family to obtain the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering as well.
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