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Unusual Reason For Canceling A Port Call

There are two cruise ports named Sydney. One is in Australia, the other in Canada. Norwegian ships don't go to the former and, as of October 6, they won't be visiting the latter until further notice…and you'll never guess why.

Because of buses.

If you can believe it, Norwegian is taking a pass on Sydney, Nova Scotia, for the next two years because there aren't enough buses to transport passengers to shore excursions. There is finger-pointing as to who's at fault — the local agent for not Norwegian Dawngetting enough buses or the government for making it difficult to import buses from outside Nova Scotia — but the bottom line is Norwegian couldn't satisfy its passengers.

According to locals, the cruise line was going to drop Sydney this year but gave the city a grace period to find a solution. Its not just norwegian, either, as other cruise lines have expressed concerns about meeting the needs of cruise tourists.

In the case of this year, it's not a huge deal because the Norwegian Dawn is only stopping in Sydney twice  — September 22 and October 6. 

However, once the cord is cut…

Today at Phil Reimer's portsandbows.com: The latest in cruise news

Norwegian Breakaway
7 nights
June 1, 2014
New York (return): King’s Wharf
Inside: $489
Cost per day: $69
www.ncl.com

 

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