Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that the December 13 departure of the Norwegian Dawn will no longer include a visit to Dammam, Saudi Arabia. The decision was made in response to recent developments in the region and is aimed at ensuring the safety and enjoyment of guests on the 7-night Middle Eastern cruise. While no specific details about the developments were provided, it is likely related to ongoing conflicts in the region.
Instead of visiting Dammam, the ship will now arrive in Doha, Qatar, giving passengers an opportunity to explore the port. Shore excursions for Dammam will be refunded, and new evening excursions for Doha will be arranged. The cruise line has apologized for any disappointment caused by the itinerary change and emphasized that the decision was made with the safety and experience of guests in mind.
While this itinerary change only affects the December 13 departure, it is possible that other cruises to the Middle East may also be impacted. Travelers with upcoming cruises to the region are advised to stay in close contact with their cruise line for updates and possible changes.