Cruise Updates Following the Japan Earthquake and Hawaii Tsunami
All cruise ships in the Pacific Ocean appear to be safe after a devastating 8.9 earthquake off the coast of Japan triggered tsunami warnings all the way to the U.S. West Coast.
"All Holland America and Seabourn ships and guests are safe and have not been impacted by this sad event," a spokeswoman from Holland America tells AOL Travel News. The company has its Rotterdam ship off the coast of Hawaii.
"Guests onboard ships in nearby areas are being updated and reassured," the spokeswoman continues.
In a statement, Norwegian Cruise Line says all guests aboard the Pride of America, which cruises Hawaii year-round, and Norwegian Star are "safe and doing well." The Pride of America left Nawiliwili, Kauai shortly after midnight local time last night and is currently at sea where "conditions are safe for the vessel," reports the cruise line. The ship is expected to return to Nawiliwili today, and will continue to Honolulu tomorrow to pick up its next round of cruisers.
The Norwegian Star is also at sea. It will arrive in Los Angeles tomorrow and the next cruise will set sail as scheduled tomorrow, reports NCL.
A spokeswoman from Princess Cruises tells AOL Travel News the line has no ships in Japan at this time. "All Princess passengers, crew and ships are safe," she writes, adding Princess plans to assess the tourism infrastructure at Japanese ports for scheduled calls later this month.
Cynthia Martinez, a spokeswoman for Royal Caribbean, tells Cruise Critic that "no Royal Caribbean, Celebrity or Azamara ships have been directly affected by the earthquake, or by the subsequent tsunamis." The Azamara Quest, which was docked several hundred miles from the earthquake's epicenter in Nagasaki, was unaffected.
Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2 is expected to proceed to Nagasaki, Japan as planned, and will arrive tomorrow. On the line's Facebook page, Cunard writes "all guests and crew onboard are safe," adding that the ship has limited internet access due to Japanese laws.
British cruise line P&O Cruises has three ships sailing in various parts of the Pacific – Arcadia, Aurora and Artemis – but all are hundreds or even thousands of miles from the epicenter. P&O posted a note on Facebook that said the earthquake had no impact on its operations.
(Fran Golden contributed to this report).
Update, 5:47 p.m.: Cunard Line has canceled the Queen Mary 2's call at Nagasaki scheduled for Saturday. The ship will sail on to its next scheduled port of call, Xingang in China.
"As a result of the earthquake, all ports in Japan are now closed," spokeswoman Jackie Chase tells USA Today.
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