Due to changes by U.S. Customs, cruise lines will no longer be allowed to sail cruises to nowhere out of U.S. ports beginning in 2016. This includes all short cruises based out of the United States without a stop in a foreign port.
Cruises to nowhere are short cruises that start and end in the same port. They are usually 1 or 2 nights and do not have any port stops. They were popular with cruisers who wanted a party cruise and for first time cruisers who wanted to get a taste to see what cruising was all about.
Cruise lines have canceled all cruises to nowhere that were scheduled after December 31, 2015. This includes the three night cruise on the Carnival Vista and several two night cruises on the Norwegian Breakaway that were scheduled out of New York in 2016. The cancelations are necessary due changes in the way ships are cleared in and out of the United States.
If a passenger was booked on one of these cruises that was canceled, the cruise line will notify them of the changes. Carnival Cruise Lines is offering $50 in onboard credit to passengers who rebook on another cruise. What will the cruise lines do with these empty dates that they now have open? That remains to be seen, but it is likely that the cruises before or after the canceled cruises will be extended.
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