(12:15 p.m. EDT) -- Norwegian Cruise Line will return to the Big Island ports of Hilo and Kona after about a month's absence due to the ongoing Kilauea volcano eruption. Earlier this week Norwegian had canceled all visits to these ports by Pride of America indefinitely.
"After a detailed evaluation and consultation with authorities and experts on The Big Island of Hawaii, we are resuming our regular itinerary for Pride of America," a spokesperson for Norwegian Cruise Line told Cruise Critic. "As we have always said, Hawaii is an incredible destination. We have visited its ports for well over a decade and we are very happy to be returning to Hilo and Kona. Please know that the safety and security of our guests and crew remains our first priority so we will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation."
Pride of America is scheduled to call on both ports next week: Hilo on June 12 and Kona on June 13.
Of note, most of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, near Hilo, remains closed "due to increased and damaging earthquakes, corrosive volcanic ash, and continuing explosions from Halema‘uma‘u, the summit crater of Kīlauea Volcano," according to the park's website.
Four other cruise lines have been forced to cancel calls on Hawaii's Big Island since the volcano erupted on May 3. It has continued to erupt weekly since then. Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises, Crystal Cruises and Oceania have also skipped calls on Hilo and/or Kona.
--By Dori Saltzman, Senior Editor