Norwegian cruise ship’s mechanical issues strand thousands of passengers in Puerto Rico

Miami Herald

Thousands of passengers aboard the Norwegian Jade cruise ship will have to fly back to Miami from San Juan, Puerto Rico cutting their 10-day Caribbean vacation short.

The ship left from Miami on Friday and arrived in San Juan on Sunday. Late Sunday evening, about an hour before the ship was supposed to leave the port, the captain announced that the remaining seven days of the cruise had been canceled. The ship’s itinerary included stops in Barbados, St. Kitts, and St. Lucia before its planned return to Miami on Nov. 26.

In a letter to guests Monday, Norwegian Cruise Line said it will refund the price of the cruise for passengers and offer a 100 percent credit for a future cruise. The cruise line is working to book flights for passengers back to Miami on Tuesday. Alternatively, passengers who book their own travel arrangements can receive up to $650 reimbursement. The company has made internet available to passengers free of charge. In the meantime, passengers are not allowed to come and go from the ship.

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