Haifa, Israel (PortSEurope) February 26, 2020 – The Port of Haifa has published the following information (translated from hebrew) on its Facebook page: “Fresh a renovation of about $100 million, this morning, the cruise ship Norwegian Spirit entered Haifa port, the first port of call on its debut. From Haifa, the ship will travel via the Suez Canal, to the Red Sea and finally, to
Dubai.” Norwegian Spirit is a cruise ship currently operated by Norwegian Cruise Line and has spent 43 days in dry dock in Marseille, France, and will homeport in Piraeus, Greece. Norwegian Cruise Line has cancelled its voyages in Asia through the third quarter of 2020 in response to the health risk of the spreading coronavirus, which originated in China. The cruise line said the virus had forced it to cancel, modify or redeploy 40 voyages across all three of its brands and provide compensation to customers. Twenty-one cancelled Asia voyages on its cruise ship, Norwegian Spirit, have been redeployed to the Eastern Mediterranean for summer 2020 with an “extremely condensed booking window.” Norwegian CEO Frank Del Rio said on a press call that the company took the “aggressive action” of cancelling its cruises in Asia because it didn’t want to repeat what happened with the Diamond Princess, a cruise ship that had multiple cases of the coronavirus and its more than 3,700 passengers and crew quarantined. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd is a leading global cruise company which operates the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.
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