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The first hurricane of the Atlantic season is upon us. As with any hurricane, the cruise lines are monitoring the storm closely. Hurricane Irene is a CAT 2 hurricane with landfall expected somewhere along the southeast US. The storm is expected to strengthen on Tuesday while impacting Bahamas.
Currently the following ship itineraries are going to be affected:
Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Conquest was scheduled for a 7-night Bahamas and Florida (Nassau, Freeport, and Key West) itinerary will now do a Western Caribbean (Costa Maya, Cozumel, and Progresso) schedule.
Carnival Miracle who’s on an 8-night schedule from New York is replacing San Jun and St. Thomas with Grand Turk and Half Moon Cay.
Carnival Victory will be dropping St. Maarten on their 7-night cruise from San Juan giving an extra day “Fun Day” at Sea.
Carnival Pride is on a 7-night sailing from Baltimore and will be altering itineraries (Tuesday, Port Canaveral and Freeport, Wednesday) and evaluating on the projection of the storm.
Carnival Triumph who’s on a 7-night Bahamas and Florida cruise will drop Nassau and Freeport to replace with Cozumel and Progresso. Key West will remain unaffected.
Carnival Liberty who’s sailing 7-night out of Miami will drop St. Thomas and San Juan and pick up Cozumel and another “Fun Day” at Sea. Half Moon Cay was unaffected.
Carnival Destiny is on a 5-night cruise out of Miami will drop Grand Turk and Nassau and add Key West, Cozumel, and Costa Maya.
Carnival Sensation is on a 4-night Bahamas cruise. It will depart Nassau at midnight Tuesday night instead of overnighting.
Allure of the Seas is on a 7-night Western Caribbean cruise. The ships will call in the same ports but in a different order.
Oasis of the Seas is on a 7-night Caribbean cruise. The ships will call in the same ports but in a different order.
Freedom of the Seas is on a 7-night Western Caribbean cruise. The ships will call in the same ports but in a different order.
Serenade of the Seas is on a 7-night Southern Caribbean cruise. The ships will call in the same ports but in a different order.
Norwegian Cruise Line
Company spokeswoman told us “At Norwegian Cruise Line, the safety and security of our guests and crew is of the utmost importance. Therefore, the company is closely monitoring the path of Hurricane Irene. Currently, all of our ships are sailing as scheduled. Should there be any updates they will be immediately posted on www.ncl.com.”
For additional information check the National Hurricane Center for the projected path of Hurricane Irene.
Updated: August 22, 2012 1830 hrs