Norwegian Cruise Line has informed passengers of a change in itinerary for their “Bermuda Virginia Beach” sailing aboard the Norwegian Joy.
Citing sustainability, the Norwegian Joy will now only call on Bermuda as Norfolk, Virgina has been removed from the itinerary of multiple cruises. The stop has been canceled and there will be no replacement port.
“As part of our global sustainability program, Sail & Sustain, we are continually seeking opportunities to reduce our overall carbon footprint, and recently committed to pursuing net zero greenhouse gas emissions across our operations and value chain by 2050. To support this mission, we have optimized our arrival and departure times.”
This is identical to the language in the notification received by guests aboard the Norwegian Getaway January 8 sailing when a stop in Puerto Plata was canceled and multiple port times were changed. And then again for her January 20 sailing when the time in San Juan, Puerto Rico was shortened by one hour.
Passengers aboard the Breakaway Plus Class Norwegian Joy will now embark from New York City and spend two days at sea before arriving in Bermuda. The time in Bermuda remains the same before returning directly to New York City for disembarkation.
Currently, eight 7-night roundtrip voyages have been affected from May to August. It is possible Norwegian Cruise Line could make more itinerary changes to sailings as it continues to look for ways to reduce its carbon footprint.
Removing a port of call or reducing the amount of time spent in a port allows a cruise line to reduce the speed of a ship which benefits fuel efficiency and reduces emissions.
Cruise line itineraries are always subject to change and it is important to keep in contact with your travel agent or the cruise line for any changes to your specific cruise.