(3:14 a.m. EDT) -- Norwegian Cruise Line has canceled cruises from Dominican Republic on Norwegian Gem this summer.
The line was due to start sailings from La Romana, D.R., on August 15, as part of Norwegian's worldwide return to service.
The line contacted those who had booked D.R. sailings with a preamble about its U.S. return to service on Norwegian Bliss, then stated:
"This means however, that we must unfortunately cancel voyages aboard Norwegian Gem with embarkation dates from August 15, 2021 through October 10, 2021."
The letter then goes onto explain it takes 90 days to crew and launch its vessels for deployment "in destinations our guests value the most" -- but does not state where Gem might be deployed.
The move was unexpected as Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings boss Frank de Rio said on the line's last earnings call that D.R. sailings were selling well.
However, both these Caribbean deployments were firsts for Norwegian and made when cruising from U.S. homeports was still in the balance. Now that cruising looks set to restart from the U.S. this month, the lines are gradually redeploying their ships to the U.S. to cater for expected demand.
Norwegian is also set to restart internationally in Europe, but it is unlikely it will cancel those sailings as the ships and deployments are regulars in Europe, plus Norwegian has just announced the rest of its 2021 deployment.
Norwegian is not the only line reconsidering its 2021 deployment -- earlier this month, Royal Caribbean pulled its sailings from Bermuda on Vison of the Seas.
Cruise Critiic member TraSea Travis, who had started a thread about Gem from the D.R. and posted the cancellation letter, wrote: "Really bummed about this one being canceled. Hopefully we will all meet up one day on a future sailing!!"