The ship is returning to New York ahead of her schedule due to "COVID-related circumstances." Passengers sailing on the current 10-day round-trip Caribbean Dominican Republic Grand Turk voyage received a letter that their Norwegian Gem voyage had been canceled.
NCL letter reads they were doing their "very best to navigate the fluid public health environment while delivering a safe and healthy onboard experience."
"Unfortunately, as a result of COVID-related circumstances, we must cancel the remainder of your Norwegian Gem cruise currently underway."
NCL adds they would overnight in St. Maarten (Philipsburg) and return to New York.
The ship departed from NYC/Cape Liberty Bayonne NJ on January 9 and was scheduled to sail back on January 19. Call ports included Cockburn Town, Grand Turk Island (Jan 12), Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas USVI (Jan 13), Philipsburg, St Maarten (Jan 14), Road Town, Tortola BVI (Jan 15), Puerto Plata, Dominicana (Jan 16).
Norwegian Gem is not on NCL’s list of cancelations yet. It has not been announced if additional Norwegian Gem voyages would be canceled.
For more Norwegian Gem incidents and accidents see the ship's CruiseMinus page.