Just days after canceling Norwegian Spirit’s Alaskan schedule due to a full ship charter, Norwegian Cruise Line is canceling four months of voyages of another ship in its fleet.
Booked guests and travel agents received an email that said all sailings aboard Norwegian Epic from December 1, 2023 through April 9, 2024 have been canceled due to a fleet redeployment. However, there is no indication of where she will be sailing.
The email read, “As a company, we are committed to providing exceptional vacation experiences, both aboard our ships and by taking our guests to some of the most sought-out destinations around the world. As a result of a fleet redeployment, Norwegian Epic’s sailings from December 1, 2023, through and including April 9, 2024, have been canceled. We understand the desire to travel now more than ever, so we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.”
There are 11 sailing affected in all. The 10- to 14-night sailings were scheduled to depart from Rome, Haifa, Trieste and Lisbon and visit ports in Italy, Greece, Portugal, Spain and more.
All guests booked on these cruises will receive a full refund back to their original method of payment, which should be received within 30 days. All cruises paid for with a future cruise credit will be refunded back to the guests loyalty account within 10 days.
Guests are also being compensated with a 20% future cruise credit to be used for any European sailing through April 30, 2024 that is currently available to book. That cruise credit will be available to use on June 1, 2023.
Additionally, all guests are receiving a 10% future cruise credit for any sailing through December 31, 2024. The future cruise credits cannot be combined.
The email concluded, “We sincerely appreciate your understanding and look forward to welcoming you aboard very soon.”
Norwegian Epic is currently scheduled to resume cruising in the Mediterranean on April 19, 2024 on a 10-night Greek Isles round trip voyage departing from Civitavecchia. She is expected to remain in the Mediterranean through November 2024 and then reposition to Port Canaveral for the winter.