With Hurricane Idalia heading towards Florida and Hurricane Franklin threatening Bermuda, cruise ship passengers are experiencing unexpected itinerary changes. The named storms are causing cruise companies to take action to ensure the safety of their guests and crew.
Hurricane Idalia and Hurricane Franklin Cruise Updates
After being classified as a hurricane on Tuesday morning, Hurricane Idalia has been intensifying and is set to strike Florida on Wednesday as a Category 3 level storm, with winds of 120+ mph.
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Here are the latest updates to cruise itineraries provided by the cruise line.
Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Cruise Line has also adjusted for four ships. Carnival Conquest will visit Bimini in place of Key West and spend a day at sea instead of stopping in Cozumel. Carnival Valor’s Monday stop in Costa Maya was canceled, and will dock in Cozumel on Tuesday.
Carnival Magic will now visit Half Moon Cay, Nassau, and Freeport, while the Carnival Legend will skip Bermuda for Nassau and Freeport.
Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean
Celebrity Equinox, initially slated to stop in Grand Cayman, will now dock in Falmouth. Meanwhile, Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas postponed Monday’s Cozumel visit to Thursday and skipped its stop in Costa Maya altogether. Wonder of the Seas will skip Honduras this week.
Disney Cruise Line
Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Fantasy, originally set to sail to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Jamaica, is making an unexpected detour. The ship will stop in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands while visiting its private island, Castaway Cay, as planned.
MSC Meraviglia, on a two-long cruise from New York, has switched its Miami and Nassau stops. Additionally, MSC Seaside, which is currently sailing an 11-night from Port Canaveral, will extend its stay in Nassau, bypassing the planned visit to MSC’s private island, Ocean Cay Marine Reserve.
Virgin Voyages ship Scarlet Lady is skipping Grand Turk this week and heading to Costa Maya.
Various Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina cargo and cruise ports are under advisories from the U.S. Coast Guard.
Travel during hurricane season requires cruise lines to be able to adapt to rapidly changing conditions and forecast models.
Last updated on August 29, 2023, at 5:00 p.m.