Cruise Ships Head for New York, LaGuardia Airport Reopens
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, cruise ships stuck at sea began sailing toward New York in hopes the port will reopen on Nov. 2. Meanwhile, LaGuardia Airport reopened Nov. 1 to limited service. John F. Kennedy International Airport and Newark reopened Oct. 31 and carriers are providing limited service.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Gem departed Boston and is sailing to New York in hopes of arriving the morning of Nov. 2. Passengers scheduled on the Gem’s Oct. 29 cruise are urged to board on Nov. 2 for a five-day cruise to Bermuda, returning on Nov. 7. Norwegian said guests will receive a pro-rated refund in the form of an onboard credit, which will be refunded if not used during the cruise.
Princess Cruises’ Caribbean Princess, which was in Boston, also expressed optimism it could dock at Pier 88 in Manhattan the morning of Nov. 2. “Although the port remains closed at this time, we are optimistic that the channel leading to our terminal will be open, allowing us to disembark passengers on Friday at Pier 88 in Manhattan,” Princess said in a weather alert. “This is of course a very fluid situation and we will advise passengers onboard of any further updates from the Coast Guard that may alter our plans.”
The Caribbean Princess planned to take on additional fuel in Boston before departing later this evening. The ship was tentatively planning to arrive in New York at 7 a.m. Nov. 2.
Those booked on the originally scheduled Oct. 31 departure of Caribbean Princess are recommended to arrive at the Manhattan pier at 1 p.m. Nov. 2 with all-aboard at 4:30 p.m. and departure at 5 p.m. Due to the delayed departure the itinerary was changed and passengers will be given a two-day per diem as an onboard credit. According to the revised itinerary, the ship will be at sea except for a call at Grand Turk on Nov. 5 and a visit to Aruba on Nov. 7. Disembarkation is set for Nov. 10 in Fort Lauderdale.
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