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Cruise canceled in mid trip   Travel by Ship/Boat

Started Jan-15 by Feisty Old Broad Shorty (TOILETHEA1); 112 views.

Turning into a nightmare': Norwegian cancels sailing mid-cruise, passengers to be stuck on board for days

Aimee Focaraccio boarded the Norwegian Gem on Sunday for her 10-day birthday cruise from New York. But the celebration ended Thursday when Norwegian let passengers know the cruise would be canceled due to COVID-related issues. By Friday evening, Focaraccio learned she was staring down several days at sea with no early return even though the cruise had been canceled.

Focaraccio, who had spent the day in St. Maarten Friday, sent USA TODAY a recording of an onboard announcement. 

"We will arrive as per schedule on the 19th in the morning," a voice is heard on the recording, noting some bad weather was expected in the coming days.

"Without the islands and ports to break up the sea days this is turning into a nightmare. I really can’t imagine four more sea days back to back without much to do," Focaraccio told USA TODAY. She noted earlier in the day that the ship had already opted to skip port calls in Grand Turk, St. Thomas and Tortola before it arrived in St. Maarten and before the decision to cancel was made by the cruise line.

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