Earthquake in Hawaii; Impact on Cruises Unknown
Live Report from Pride of Hawaii; Update on Earthquake Impact
(10:28 p.m.) -- In its latest statement, Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that NCL America's Pride of Aloha, which was scheduled to depart on a seven-day Hawaii cruise today, will remain in Honolulu overnight to accommodate guests who were supposed to disembark but whose flights home have been canceled.
Honolulu International Airport is still closed to outbound traffic, according to CNN.
The cruise line is working to secure hotel rooms in Honolulu for cruisers on the upcoming voyage who cannot be accommodated because of lack of cabin space on Pride of Aloha tonight. Priority is being given to guests who booked their air travel through NCL, but "the company is working to try to assist everyone affected" (at this point, no compensation has been announced for passengers on the shortened cruise).
The next ship scheduled to turn around in Honolulu is Pride of Hawaii, tomorrow. Pride of Hawaii is expected to end its cruise as scheduled tomorrow (just docked at a different pier) and all shore excursions for disembarking passengers are a go.
According to the statement, all NCL ships in the region -- Norwegian Wind, Pride of America, Pride of Aloha and Pride of Hawaii -- are safe and secure, and no passenger or crew injuries have been reported.
NCL America is one of the biggest players in Hawaii. Other lines currently in the region include Princess and Holland America. According to Cruise Critic members who've posted on our message boards, Island Princess docked in Hilo today and passengers were able to leave the ship, though some excursions were canceled; we've also read that Zaandam was anchored off of Kona when the quake hit, and the ship left port without disembarking guests.
Be sure to read our live report from Pride of Hawaii, which will be updated throughout the evening.
We'll continue to keep you updated.
--by Melissa Baldwin, Senior Editor