According to a letter sent to passengers and travel agents, the 2015-built vessel will be out of use for over a month due to the obligatory shipyard visit.
As a result, NCL announced, that all Norwegian Escape cruises planned for sailing from September 8 to October 2, 2022, were canceled. Affected passengers will automatically receive a full refund of the fares paid by the payment method specified at the time of booking. In order to "further compensate" for the change, NCL also gives passengers a 10% discount in the form of a loan for a future voyage.
Currently sailing in Europe, Norwegian Escape was to offer cruises of 10 and 11 nights in the Mediterranean during that period. Sailing from Civitavecchia-Rome (Italy), the itineraries included destinations in Malta, Italy, and Greece.
Prior to commencing her European summer program, Norwegian Escape spent a month off duty due to an accident in the Caribbean. As the cruise ship was leaving Puerto Plata-Amber Cove (Dominicana) on March 14, she ran aground and had to be rebuilt with the help of a tug. NCL Escape suffered minor damage but needed further inspection and repair.
4 other sailings were also canceled before the ship finally resumed her schedule on April 18.
During the period of non-use, the NCL Escape ship with 4200 passengers remained anchored in Port Canaveral (Orlando, Florida USA), her homeport during the 2021-2022 season.