Norwegian Cruise Line is sending one of their cruise ships to St. Thomas on a rescue mission to pick up stranded travelers on the island.
Norwegian is sending Norwegian Sky to St. Thomas to pick up approximately 2,000 travelers who can’t get off the island due to damage caused by Hurricane Irma. This humanitarian effort is being controlled by the government of St. Thomas and Norwegian is using the ship to support their efforts. The list of passengers who will board the ship will be completely controlled by the government, not Norwegian Cruise Line. The ship is currently empty of cruise passengers after this weekend’s cruise was canceled.
Norwegian Cruise Line posted the statement regarding Norwegian Sky being sent to St. Thomas:
“Acting as a responsible corporate citizen and supporting the destinations that our ships operate in is a core value of Norwegian Cruise Line. In the wake of this devastating storm, we will be deploying Norwegian Sky from her current position off the coast of Cancun to St. Thomas, USVI to retrieve approximately 2,000 travelers who were unable to evacuate the island prior to the storm. The ship is departing immediately and will arrive in St. Thomas in the late evening hours on Monday, September 11. Norwegian Cruise Line is working closely with the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association and the Governor of St. Thomas to execute this rescue mission. When all designated vacation guests have boarded the ship, Norwegian Sky will sail back to her homeport of Miami and is expected to arrive on Thursday, September 14.”
Norwegian Sky is a 2,000 passenger cruise ship that sails three and four night all-inclusive cruises out of PortMiami to the Bahamas and Cuba.