New NCL cancellation policy takes effect Jan. 1, 2016

New NCL cancellation policy takes effect Jan. 1, 2016

MIAMI — Norwegian Cruise Line is making it tougher – or at least more costly – for clients to cancel cruises.

The new regulations apply to bookings made on or after Jan. 1, 2016 and include a 25% forfeit of the cruise fare when clients cancel between 76 and 89 days from departure date, for cruises or cruise tours seven days or more in duration, according to a report in Travel Weekly. Currently passengers wishing to cancel lose their deposit 56 – 75 days pre-sailing.

The forfeit ramps up closer to the departure date, with a 50% penalty 60 – 75 days out; a 75% penalty 31 – 60 days out and a 100% penalty when passengers cancel with 30 days or less before departure.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s summer 2017 deployment has been finalized and product goes on sale Dec. 22 for Latitudes Rewards guests and travel partners and Dec. 23 for all bookings.

Norwegian will have three ships sailing in Alaska in summer 2017: Norwegian Pearl and Norwegian Jewel, sailing seven-day Glacier Bay and Sawyer Glacier itineraries, respectively, from Seattle; and Norwegian Sun, sailing seven-day Alaska cruises alternating between Vancouver and Seward.

New for Summer 2017, Norwegian will offer three longer itineraries in Alaska. On Norwegian Jewel, guests can choose from an eight-day Sawyer Glacier cruise from Vancouver to Seattle on May 5, 2017. Also on Norwegian Jewel, the 10-day Ultimate Alaska departs Seattle (to Vancouver) on Sept. 23, 2017.  Guests looking for the definitive Alaska cruising experience can opt for a 14-day Ultimate Alaska from San Francisco to Vancouver on Norwegian Sun, departing on May 15, 2017.

Meanwhile the recently refurbished Norwegian Gem will sail seven-day Bahamas & Florida cruises from New York in 2017, from April 29, 2017 to Aug. 26, 2017. This popular family-friendly itinerary includes visits to Orlando and the Beaches (Port Canaveral), Norwegian’s private island Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau, Bahamas.

Norwegian will continue its tradition of sailing from both New York City and Boston to the pink sand beaches of Bermuda between April and October 2017. Norwegian Breakaway will sail from New York City to Bermuda on seven-day cruises every Sunday from April 23, 2017 through Sept. 24, 2017. From Boston, Norwegian Dawn will sail seven-day cruises, departing every Friday, from May 5, 2017 through Sept. 15, 2017 as well as on Oct. 20 and 27, 2017.

Norwegian Gem will again offer two summer Canada & New England roundtrip cruises from New York City in 2017.  These seven-day sailings on June 10 and June 24, 2017 call in Halifax; Saint John; Bar Harbour and Portland.

During prime foliage season, Norwegian Gem will also offer alternating seven-day roundtrip cruises from New York City from Sept. 2 to Oct. 14, 2017. Sailing from Boston, Norwegian Dawn will offer two seven-day, one-way Canada & New England cruises on Sept.22 and Oct. 6, 2017. Norwegian Dawn will also offer two return seven-day cruises from Quebec City to Boston on Sept. 29 and Oct. 13, 2017, with an overnight in Quebec City.

“Guests sailing on Norwegian Cruise Line in summer 2017 can explore the world through a variety of cruises to spectacular destinations, all while enjoying the freedom and flexibility that only a Norwegian cruise can offer,” said Andy Stuart, Norwegian Cruise Line’s president and chief operating officer. “Guests can feel free to cruise to the best of Bermuda and the Bahamas on four beautiful ships, including the recently refurbished Norwegian Gem, or experience the scenic beauty of Alaska on some of the youngest ships in the industry.”

Norwegian’s Summer 2017 Caribbean and European itineraries will be unveiled in early 2016, he added.