The quick jaunts on which guests board a cruise ship and sail out to sea without having calling on any ports are about to come to an end.
Generally referred to as “cruises to nowhere,” the two-to-3 day sailings are preferred for individuals looking for a swift getaway from their property port. They are provided by each Carnival and Norwegian Cruises Lines, even though both say they will end the trips in 2016.
Cruise lines that sail under a foreign flag — as Carnival, Norwegian, and most other mega-ships do — are no longer allowed to sail in foreign waters without the need of calling on a port, according to Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the official trade organization of the cruise industry of North America, stated.
In a statement to ABC news, the group stated, “While itinerary decisions are produced by individual cruise lines, beginning in 2016, in compliance with U.S laws and regulations, foreign-flagged cruise lines operating out of U.S. ports are not to present cruises for sale that do not include a get in touch with in a foreign port. Ships are cleared into and out of the United States by officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.”
In a Facebook post entitled “Disappointing news,” Carnival cruise director and blogger John Heald wrote, “Due to recent modifications in how ships are cleared into and out of the United States by U.S. officials, certain brief duration cruises without the need of a foreign port of contact are subject to itinerary changes starting in 2016 . Unfortunately, this indicates that we will not be permitted to operate cruises-to-nowhere. This does include things like the Carnival Vista’s 3 day cruise to nowhere from New York.”
In addition to Carnival Vista’s New York sailings, a two-day sailing out of Norfolk, Virginia has also been cancelled. Norwegian has cancelled two-day cruises from New York on Norwegian Breakaway.
Cruise lines ordinarily run a cruise to nowhere in amongst longer itineraries. When the ship does not make port calls, clients invest all their time and revenue on the ship itself.