Like most cruise ships trying to avoid a maritime lawsuit over Hurricane Sandy, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Gem had to make some modifications to its Caribbean itinerary, but will be calling on Boston today after being stranded by the storm. While the stop might not make for an adequate replacement for their original itinerary, passengers onboard the vessel will have the option to disembark in Boston while the ship reloads on fuel and provisions before heading back to sea and making its way to New York or staying on board.
The Gem had been scheduled to arrive in New York City on Monday, and then was supposed to embark on a nine-day Eastern Caribbean round-trip cruise from New York, but due to Sandy closing the Port of New York, it had to divert its course.
According to a statement posted on the Norwegian Cruise Line Facebook page, the ship will leave Boston around 3 p.m. and will then remain at sea until the Port of New York reopens. Guests who purchased air through the cruise line will be assisted with rebooking and will also be offered complimentary phone and Internet services.
So far, cruise line authorities have not said when the Port of New York will be reopened. While some passengers who booked air through Norwegian might be given options when it comes to the flexibility of booking alternate flights and costs, since most cruise lines stipulate that the departure and return for itineraries remain the same, those who wish to disembark in Boston might lose compensation or might not be reimbursed or discounted on hotel stays as they wait for a new flight or land transportation from Boston back to New York.
While no cruise ship injuries have been reported, several passengers aboard various lines have been reported to have gotten sea sick from the choppy waves caused by Hurricane Sandy. However, Norwegian spokeswoman Vanessa Lane told ABC News on Monday that all passengers on the ship “are comfortable.”
The actual number of cruise ship injuries may be yet to be revealed, as sometimes cruise lines do not report incidents that occur onboard right away. Since vessels are responsible for maintaining the safety of all who are onboard – including both passengers and crewmembers – when that safety is compromised, the cruise companies may be held liable for any injuries that occurred on their ships during Sandy.
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