Small Itinerary Change for Norwegian Cruise Line Ship

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Small Itinerary Change for Norwegian Cruise Line Ship


Guests aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Getaway have been suggested of a really slight itinerary change once they launched into Saturday, October 22, 2022. One port of name has modified, however it’s a minor adjustment solely, and visitors’ shore experiences is not going to be dramatically impacted.

Port Change for Norwegian Getaway

The Breakaway-class Norwegian Getaway is presently crusing a 7-night roundtrip Caribbean itinerary from Port Canaveral. The ship departed on Saturday, October 22, with ports of name scheduled in Great Stirrup Cay, the cruise line’s personal island vacation spot in The Bahamas, in addition to St. Thomas, San Juan, and Puerto Plata within the Dominican Republic.

When visitors boarded the vessel, nonetheless, they acquired letters advising them of an itinerary change.

“We are committed to delivering exceptional vacation experiences around the world. As such, it is always our intention to maintain original itineraries,” the letter learn. “However, at times, unforeseen circumstances require us to make modifications.”

It is the final port of name that’s being modified on the ship’s itinerary, and now Norwegian Getaway will go to Amber Cove within the Dominican Republic, fairly than Puerto Plata. The time and date of the go to is not going to change, nonetheless, and the ship will probably be in Amber Cove from 7 a.m. to three p.m. on Thursday, October 27.

Amber Cove

“Thank you for your understanding. As always, we are at your service,” the letter, signed by the ship’s captain, Konstantinos Gkokas, concluded.

No different ports of name or go to instances are modified on the ship’s itinerary.

Why Change?

No clarification is obtainable about why the port of name wanted to be modified, however there could possibly be a number of causes. While Norwegian Getaway is the one ship scheduled to go to Puerto Plata on October 27, building or repairs within the port space or to docking amenities can require port modifications on the final minute.

Other marine visitors, similar to cargo ships or personal charters, may additionally have an effect on cruise ship schedules.

Another potential purpose for this port change could possibly be anticipated water ranges and tide situations at Puerto Plata. In mid-March, Norwegian Escape ran aground whereas departing Puerto Plata, partly due to low water mixed with windy situations that pushed the ship barely.

Norwegian Escape in Puerto Plata
Photo Credit: Joni Hanebutt / Shutterstock

That incident, whereas there have been no accidents, did end in vital harm to the ship and required a complete of 5 cruises to be canceled for the vessel.

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Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Getaway are sister ships, each within the Breakaway class. While Norwegian Escape is barely bigger as a “Breakaway-plus” subclass vessel, the identical concerns for working in a difficult space would apply to each ships.

Norwegian Getaway weighs in at 145,655 gross tons (in comparison with 164,600 gross tons for Norwegian Escape), and might welcome 3,963 visitors when booked at double occupancy. This is simply barely lower than the capability of Norwegian Escape, which is 4,266 at double occupancy.

Comparing Puerto Plata and Amber Cove

While the itinerary change could also be surprising for visitors who have been planning to go to Puerto Plata, there may be little distinction between the 2 ports of name. In reality, Puerto Plata and Amber Cove are solely about 5 miles (8 kilometers) aside, each on the island’s northern coast.

While arriving or departing from both port, cruise visitors can really see massive ships docked on the different cruise port, particularly on clear, sunny days.

Norwegian Escape in Puerto Plata; seen from Amber Cove. Photo Credit: Melissa Mayntz

For Norwegian Getaway visitors, the cruise line is adjusting all pre-booked shore excursions as mandatory for the change to Amber Cove, and visitors don’t must take any motion to verify these excursions.

Any visitors who might have made impartial preparations, nonetheless, might wish to contact tour operators to advise them of the change, or examine utilizing taxi providers or shuttles to achieve their unique assembly level if potential.

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