Norwegian has canceled the production show “Kinky Boots” onboard the Norwegian Encore. After already cutting a significant percentage of housekeeping and shoreside employees, the company is saying that the popular Broadway musical is too expensive to produce, resulting in the dismissal of dozens of cast members. This caught many entertainers off guard, as they had already packed, said their goodbyes and made travel arrangements to spend the next several months onboard a cruise ship.
In an email, to crew members, the company wrote, “after bringing our entire fleet back into service we have reached the time where we transition from operating in a “relaunch” mode to a steadier state of operations. As part of this transition, Norwegian Cruise Line is adjusting its shipboard operations. We regret to inform you that the decision has been made to reduce our entertainment manning across all vessels and as a result, your scheduled assignment has been canceled and your services are no longer required.”
Some staff members are saying the cruise line is offering to do all it can to get entertainers placed into other positions.