When the Norwegian Breakaway had its maiden voyage it was made up of the public and people from the travel industry, as this would be the first time we could get to see what Norwegian Cruise Line had been up to for all those years developing the new class of ship.
We already knew they were working on a sister ship, the Norwegian Getaway and that she will enter service early next year. Her inaugural cruise was sailing from Rotterdam to Miami on January 16 next year, but has since been cancelled.
This is not a major issue for Norwegian Cruise Line because there will be a maiden transatlantic voyage for Getaway instead thanks to an undisclosed company having charted the ship. It is obvious there will be a great deal of speculation as to who would charter a ship that can accommodate up to 4,000 passengers.
Norwegian is said to be very excited about this deal, but not for those who had been booked to go on that first cruise. The charter will happen on January 29, to February 5, with the original cruise being put back and shortened to just a 10-day transatlantic cruise going from Southampton to New York.
If you are one of those passengers who stick with the revised booking will receive $100 on board credit for each stateroom or $200 for suites. If you choose a different sailing then you will get just $50 credit.
It is a disappointment, but can you really blame Norwegian Cruise Line for this as they have to consider the marketing potential of charting an entire ship to one company.