Norwegian Changes Caribbean Itinerary Due to Port Congestion

Norwegian Joy

Norwegian Cruise Line is changing the itinerary of the March 11, 2023 sailing onboard the Norwegian Joy.

Sailing from PortMiami, the seven-night cruise originally included visits to Mexico’s Costa Maya and Cozumel, as well as Honduras’ Roatán and Belize’s Harvest Caye.

According to a statement sent by the company to booked guests, the Western Caribbean itinerary is no longer visiting Roatán due to “port congestion.” As a replacement, it will now include a visit to Bimini, the Bahamas.

“It is always our intention to maintain original itineraries. However, at times, unforeseen circumstances require us to make modifications,” Norwegian Cruise Line explained.

With Bimini replacing Roatán, the cruise also saw part of its itinerary reversed. The stop in Cozumel, which was originally slated to take place on March 16, was advanced to March 13.

The stop hours at the Mexican port were also changed. Instead of arriving at 8 AM for a 12-hour visit, the Norwegian Joy is now set to arrive at 6 AM before leaving at 4 PM.

Continuing the changes, the 4,200-guest ship is now spending March 16 cruising at the Caribbean Sea before visiting Bimini on March 17.

In addition to another full day at sea on March 12, the cruise itinerary also features visits to Harvest Caye on March 14 and Costa Maya on March 15.

While the first saw a one-hour delay on its arrival and departure times, the second call remains unchanged.

The Norwegian Sky also saw one of its itineraries changed recently. According to Norwegian Cruise Line, the ship’s April 13 sailing was adjusted to “reduce its carbon footprint.”

As part of the changes, the Eastern Caribbean cruise saw part of its itinerary reversed and a reduction of the time docked in most of the ports of call.

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