Hurricane Irene Disrupts Caribbean Cruise Operations

Hurricane Irene’s continued path up the east coast of North America continues to disrupt cruise operations in the Caribbean. After forcing several ships to race for their home ports to end voyages and avoid stranding passengers in the run up to the weekend, the storm’s impact has now extended to reroutings and altered schedules for the majority of cruise lines.


Carnival Cruise Lines

The Carnival Pride has been directed by the US Coast Guard to arrive early in Baltimore from its previous sailing and proceed to a secure alternate location to wait out the storm. The ship will now embark passengers for its next cruise a day late on Monday, 29 August 2011.


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Celebrity Cruises

After an extended stay in Bermuda, Celebrity Summit will arrive in its homeport of Bayonne on Monday, 29 August 2011, a day later than scheduled. The ship’s next sailing has in turn been pushed back and cruisers should now arrive at Cape Liberty on Monday between 1200 hrs and 1600 hrs.


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Disney Cruise Line

Following storm damage to its private island, Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Line has opted to reroute the 130,000-GRT Disney Dream to allow for inspections to facilities. Originally scheduled to visit the island today, the ship will instead spend a second day in Nassau.


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Holland America Line

Seattle-based Holland America Line has made revisions to the itineraries of 2 ships operating from East Coast ports. ms Veendam, currently docked in New York, will now overnight in port on Sunday, 28 August 2011 and depart at 1400 hrs on Monday, 29 August 2011 for its 7-day Bermuda cruise. ms Maasdam’s 7-day Canada/New England cruise from Boston will have its first 2 port calls in Bar Harbor and Halifax cancelled, replaced with the ports of Gaspe and Saguenay later in the voyage.


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Norwegian Cruise Line

Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian Cruise Line’s private island in the Bahamas, sustained storm damage and the line has modified itineraries while inspections take place. Norwegian Sky is spending a day at sea instead of calling at the island and is scheduled to visit Nassau tomorrow, while Norwegian Jewel’s current Bahamas & Florida itinerary may be amended depending on weather conditions. Sister ship Norwegian Gem is remaining at sea for an additional day instead of returning to New York, scheduled to arrive at 0800 hrs on Monday, 29 August 2011 before departing again at 1600 hrs enroute to Bermuda.


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Royal Caribbean International

Damage to Royal Caribbean’s Coco Cay has forced the line to cancel calls by 3 of its ships to the island. Majesty of the Seas, Monarch of the Seas and Freedom of the Seas will instead replace the destination with a call in Nassau. The former 2 vessels will stay overnight and depart tomorrow, while the latter will visit on Monday, 29 August 2011.


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As weather conditions remain changeable, cruisers are advised to closely monitor the situation for updates and disruptions to transportation to and from ports.

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