The parent company of Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises has confirmed it is in the process of cancelling all calls to Israel in 2024 as the conflict in the region continues.
It comes after Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) cancelled or redirected all remaining calls to the country for the remainder of 2023.
In a recent trading update covering the three months to 30 September 2023, the company said it experienced operational impacts from global events including the wildfires in Maui and the escalating conflict in Israel.
NCLH said it will continue to closely monitor and evaluate future sailings and adjust as needed. Prior to the conflict, approximately 7% of the company’s capacity in the fourth quarter of 2023 and 4% of capacity for the full year 2024 visited the Middle East.
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Pride of America, which offers year-round inter-island Hawaii itineraries, was forced to modify certain itineraries in August to avoid stressing local resources in Maui.
Beginning in early September, the company resumed scheduled weekly calls to Kahului, Maui. However, following the wildfires NCLH experienced a temporary slowdown in close-in bookings for sailings in Hawaii, primarily concentrated in the fourth quarter of 2023.
“Demand has improved in recent weeks and is now approaching normalised levels,” the company said. “In addition to Pride of America, the company also had one additional ship operating in the region, Norwegian Spirit, bringing total capacity with calls to Hawaii to approximately 6% for the fourth quarter of 2023.”