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Norwegian Pearl returning to Miami due to COVID among crew.

Norwegian Pearl

The cruise ship Norwegian Pearl is turning around and returning to the Port of Miami due to reported cases of Covid-19 among the crew.

“The omicron surge has caused the cancellation of a cruise that had just left Miami on a nearly two-week long voyage.

Several members of the crew tested positive for COVID-19.

Local 10 News’ Bridgette Matter spoke to Laura Leopoldo, a passenger currently on the ship, who said she planned the cruise two years ago but it was initially canceled because of the pandemic.

Now that ship, the Norwegian Pearl, has turned around after a day at sea because of Covid.

“We get an announcement today that we had 50 crew members that tested positive so they’re requiring us to go back,” said Leopoldo.

The ship was marked as yellow level which means the reported cases of Covid are enough for a CDC investigation.

The cruise was set to sail for 11 days to the Panama Canal.

Norwegian released a statement that said, in part:

“We made the difficult decision to cancel Norwegian Pearl’s January 3, 2022 voyage due to Covid related circumstances.”

I don’t recall a cruise ship being forced to return to port so soon after beginning a cruise. The big question is, is this just the beginning of the downfall of the cruise industry?

I firmly believe that cruising remains safe! The cruise lines are doing everything in their power to ensure that passengers and crew stay healthy.

If I were to give on piece of advice, it’s to buy travel insurance!

With all the problems with flights this year, the small price of travel insurance would definitely pay off if something unexpected happens during your trip.

Click on the link below for the full story mentioned in this blog post:

 

https://www.local10.com/news/local/2022/01/04/norwegian-pearl-returning-to-port-miami-after-multiple-crew-members-test-positive-for-covid-19/

 

 

 

 

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