With Port Canaveral expected to close Sunday due to Hurricane Dorian, Carnival Cruise Line has cancelled the September 2 sailing of the Carnival Liberty. Meanwhile, several other ships are also experiencing itinerary changes with each passing update.
How The Hurricane Is Impacting Carnival Ships
Carnival has been releasing updates every few hours as more information has become available about Hurricane Dorian and the storm’s projected path. “I must send a massive apology out to those of you who were scheduled to cruise on the Carnival Liberty,” said Brand Ambassador John Heald in a Facebook post. “Port Canaveral is expected to be closed on Sunday through the middle of next week, so we really had no choice but to cancel.”
Guests booked on the cancelled cruise will receive a future cruise credit for the full amount as well as any pre-purchased items.
Responding to a guest who expressed frustration with the way Carnival handled the flow of information, Heald again apologized. “I am so sorry this has you feeling like this,” he said. “It is a huge operation and with storm track changing and Carnival waiting to get the information from Port Authorities, we do get the info out as quickly as we can.”
In other Port Canaveral-related news, the Carnival Elation sailing set for September 2nd is now operating as a 2-day sailing departing on September 5th and returning September 7th following a visit to Nassau. Guests who remain on the sailing will receive a pro-rated refund, while those who opt to cancel will receive a future cruise credit for the full amount of their cruise fare.
Carnival Victory Impacted… Is Horizon Next?
PortMiami is expected to close on Sunday, and while this has not impacted the Conquest’s current sailing, the storm will see the Sensation’s itinerary changing a bit. That ship, departing Saturday morning, will now visit Grand Turk on Sunday, Half Moon Cay on Tuesday and Nassau on Wednesday before returning to Miami.
Carnival Victory, however, is seeing some major changes. The cruise which left this morning has been extended and will now return on Wednesday, September 4th. As a result, the following sailing of the Victory has been switched to a 2-day cruise with one port of call, as yet to be determined. Guests who remain on the sailing will receive a pro-rated refund, while those who opt to cancel will receive a future cruise credit for the full amount of their cruise fare.
The fate of the Carnival Horizon, which is currently slated to sail out of PortMiami on Sunday, has not yet been determined. Carnival is expected to update passengers as to plans for this sailing on Saturday morning. Those awaiting word on this sailing should text CCL5 to CRUISE (278473).