Hurricane Florence, roiling about in the Atlantic Ocean, in now throwing wind and high waves at cruise ship passengers’ vacation plans – itineraries for cruise ships leaving and going to ports along the East Coast are subject to changes.
USA Today reports, “More than 4,000 vacationers on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Escape today find themselves on the way to the Bahamas instead of Bermuda as the vessel steers clear of the storm. The ship departed New York City on Sunday for what was supposed to be a three-day visit to Bermuda’s King’s Wharf. Instead it will call at Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas as well as Port Canaveral, Fla.
Also rerouting to the Bahamas this week instead of Bermuda are two Baltimore-based ships: Royal Caribbean’s 2,446-passenger Grandeur of the Seas and Carnival Cruise Line’s 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride. The vessels departed Baltimore on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Another Carnival ship, the New York-based, 3,936-passenger Carnival Horizon, cancelled a Sunday call at San Juan, Puerto Rico and has shifted the date of a call in the Dominican Republic as it alters its route to stay out of the storm’s way. It’s due back in New York on Thursday.”
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Tropical Storm Gordon Delays Carnival and Royal Caribbean Cruises
Tropical Storm Gordon, with winds reaching 65 mph across the Gulf Coast made landfall in Mississippi.
Leading up to Gordon’s reaching land, the storm impacted cruise travel plans for Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruises.
Royal Caribbean’s Chief Meteorologist James Van Fleet said that even with the delayed departure for Majesty of the Seas, the cruise ship will still make both port of calls on the itinerary. However, the ship’s itinerary will now be flipped. The cruise ship is currently on a five night cruise to the Western Caribbean from Tampa. The ship will now visit Cozumel first and then Costa Maya, Mexico.
Carnival Valor’s cruise plans were also delayed over the Labor Day weekend.
It looks as though other departures will continue as scheduled.