A 10-night trip to the Caribbean was canceled mid-journey on Thursday, Jan. 20, owing to “COVID-related circumstances,” Norwegian Cruise Line’s Gem ship will return to New York.

Following the announcement, the ship docked overnight at Philipsburg, St. Maarten, according to a Norwegian spokesman, and will be back in New York “soon.” The company provided no expected arrival time or other information about the situation.

All Norwegian travelers whose voyages have been canceled will get a full refund in their original payment method. Passengers will be given a full refund as well as credit for a future voyage until March 31, 2023. Also, until May 31, 2023, you will be credited for future travel.

The latest cancellation came after the Framework for Conditional Sailing Order issued by the CDCs expired on Saturday. For cruise ships, the agency has switched to a voluntary COVID-19 risk reduction scheme.

The CDC’s maritime unit will work closely with participating cruise ships, monitoring COVID-19 preventive efforts and aboard cases, through daily extended data collection and inspections. Meanwhile, ships sailing on international itineraries and operating in US waters will be designated gray on the CDC’s Cruise Ship Color Status webpage, indicating that the agency has not evaluated or authorized the cruise ship operator’s health and safety precautions. Those who solely sail in American waters will be left off the list.

Norwegian has canceled the following 2022 trips in addition to the Gem:

Norwegian Pearl cruises departing through and including Jan. 17

Norwegian Dawn cruises departing through and including Jan. 18

Norwegian Getaway cruises departing through and including Jan. 19

Norwegian Escape cruises departing through and including Jan. 22

Norwegian Joy cruises departing through and including Jan. 22

Norwegian Breakaway cruises departing through and including Jan. 23

Norwegian Sky cruises departing through and including Feb. 25

Pride of America cruises departing through and including Feb. 26

Norwegian Jade cruises departing through and including March 3

Norwegian Star cruises departing through and including March 19

Norwegian Sun cruises departing through and including April 19

Norwegian Spirit cruises departing through and including April 23

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