Norwegian Cruise Line Cancels "Rebel Cruise"
On August 17, 2017, Norwegian Cruise Line announced that they canceled the "neo-nazi Rebel Cruise" on-board the Norwegian Getaway in November. Rebel Media is a far-right group based in Canada. They had planned to hold a week long "neo-nazi" conference on the Getaway on November 12, 2017. The cruise was supposed to leave from Miami and sail to Roatan, Honduras; Harvest Caye, Belize; Cozumel, Mexico; and Costa Maya, Mexico.
Earlier this year, the group Hope not Hate set up a petition to cancel the cruise, and went straight to Frank Del Rio, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. NCLH then released a statement to the Hope not Hate group saying, “As a matter of policy, we do not disclose or discuss the identities of our guests or groups. However, all guests who cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line are required to adhere to the Guest Conduct Policy while on board company vessels, which, among other things, prohibits verbally abusive or offensive language directed towards anyone on-board as well as inappropriate or abusive behavior.”
However, on Thursday NCL changed their stance and confirmed the cancelation of the cruise saying, "We recently became aware that one of several affinity groups that booked space on an upcoming sailing was associated with and espoused views that are inconsistent with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings' core values.The company has therefore exercised its right to cancel this group’s reservation and provide a full refund. As a matter of policy, the company neither discusses nor discloses the identities of our individual guests or groups.”
- By PJ Morrissey: Senior Editor and Social Media Manager-