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While countless Floridians have been affected by Hurricane Irma, Norwegian Cruise Line ships, the Norwegian Sky and The Escape, were able to help over 4,000 passengers avoid the devastation of the storm.
Due to the storm, the two ships sailed back to their homeport in Miami earlier than was scheduled, however since there were no hotels or flights out of Florida available, The Escape allowed passengers to sail back out onto the sea and wait out the storm for free. Passengers were also given prorated refunds for the legs of their trips that were skipped due to the storm.
USA Today interviewed a Norwegian spokeswoman, Vanessa Picariello, who informed them that the plan is to get the ship back to Miami by Tuesday but nothing is set in stone yet. Passengers don’t seem to be complaining too much considering The Escape is fully equipped with a spa, theater shows, water slides, and of course access to all the alcohol and food on board imaginable.
“We’re making every effort to have at least one port of call. If not, it will be a cruise to nowhere and everyone will have a good time,” Picariello told USA Today.