Norwegian Cruise Line Ships Leave US Layup and Head to the Caribbean and Europe
|Norwegian Encore One Of Many Norwegian Cruise Lines Ships Shuffled in August|
In a strange move of events Norwegian Cruise Line has relocated their ships away from the United States shores in search of cheaper lay-ups and calmer weather.
On August 1st, the Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Encore and Norwegian Spirit departed Norfolk between 9:15 AM and 10:30 AM. The Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Encore headed north toward Canada to avoid a hurricane. Sailing off the coast of Aquaforte Canada, in a surprising move, the Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Encore headed east toward Denmark. Sailing about 2-3 nautical miles the entire crossing the ships arrived in Europe on August 12. Today the ships are alongside in Copenhagen Denmark.
The Norwegian Spirit after departing from Norfolk immediately started sailing west toward the Mediterranean. In a surprising event, the Norwegian Dawn, which departed Miami on July 31, met the Norwegian Spirit in the Atlantic and the two ships sailed to Siracusa Italy on August 14.
It appears that Norwegian Cruise Line is aligning their ships in Europe since today Europe has the most potential to resume cruising before the United States.
The Norwegian Cruise Line ships which were laid up in Jacksonville Florida.are now in Curacao. The Norwegian Gem is docked at a cruise terminal while the Norwegian Sky and Norwegian Sun are docked at oil refineries. The ships were reportedly moved to the southern Caribbean to avoid future hurricanes.
Also located in Curacao is NCL sister brand's Oceana Cruises' Insignia also docked at an oil refinery.
At this point, no cruise line has announced any plans to resume cruising from the port of New York and New Jersey.
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