Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc across Miami last Sunday. The natural phenomenon stroke the coastal region with a Category 5 power subduing properties, vehicles, communities, and massive construction cranes under its force. While the local shelters guarded around 25,000 from the devastating path of the storm, a Caribbean cruise ship came to the rescue of an additional group of 4,000 people. The vessel carried an appropriate name for its humanitarian mission, namely Escape.
The Early Return to Miami Left a Lot of Norwegian Cruise Line Customers without Plans to Flee Hurricane Irma
The Escape worked hand in hand with another Norwegian Cruise Line vessel, the Norwegian Sky. Both of them had clear orders to go back to their homeport in Miami on Saturday and Friday respectively. Nonetheless, Hurricane Irma messed with their plans. Therefore, the vessels had to hurry up their mission and returned earlier than scheduled to avoid getting in contact with the fury of the storm.
On the other hand, this move put a lot of passengers in distress. The majority of passengers couldn’t foresee the early arrival to book hotels or plane flights. Therefore, they were bound to remain in Florida for a couple of days without any safety plans.
Cruise Ship Escape Sailed out at Sea with 4,000 Passengers to Avoid the Hurricane
Therefore, the companies understood their clients’ hardships and returned with generous offers. The cruise liners refunded their passengers for the fact that their vacation was shorter than they were promised in the first place. Secondly, both ships accommodated passengers’ need for a safe place. Therefore, they extended an invitation to those who were unable to find any means to return home on Thursday from Miami.
As a result, around 4,000 passengers were able to return to the sea free of charge. This way, by the time the ravaging storm hit Florida, they were safely on board the Cruise Ship Escape and on a Norwegian Sky vessel out at sea. A Norwegian Sky spokesperson stated that their passengers are to arrive on Tuesday unless the ports don’t reopen by then.
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