3 NCL-Norwegian cruise ships docked in Norfolk VA through June

   May 6, 2020 ,   Cruise Industry

Three NCL-Norwegian Cruise Line ships are currently docked at Portsmouth Marine Terminal (Norfolk VA USA) and will stay through the end of June 2020, according to Port of Virginia officials. The three liners - Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Encore and Norwegian Spirit, will remain berthed there during the NCL's suspension of USA homeporting operations.

None of the ships has had travellers since March 24, 2020, and each has 175 (fewer) crew, around 10% of the usual amount. The crew members will be required to stay aboard the vessels while in Portsmouth, under CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) regulations.

Port of Norfolk (Virginia)

The contract with Norwegian Cruise Line for the trio is through the end of June 2020, but could be extended. The berth space is pretty full but there is a possibility of more liners coming.

To be accepted in Portsmouth, NCL had to submit crew manifests along with a plan of operation during the stay for review to the Centers, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and Virginia Department of Health, a news release from the port said. All 3 approved the plan before the vessels arrived in Virginia.

Any costs associated with the cruise ships tying up in Portsmouth like restocking food and getting freshwater, are covered by NCL. The company pays the port essentially a parking fee for each vessel.

For Coronavirus updates on cruise ship quarantines (infected passengers and crew) and top-pandemic countries (COVID-19 cases and deaths, daily updated statistics) see at CruiseMapper's Norovirus page.

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