UPDATE: Carnival Cruise Lines confirms that additional itineraries are being modified in order to keep their ships and crew out of Hurricane Irma’s projected path. In addition to the Carnival Glory changes mentioned below, three other ships will see their itineraries altered.
Hurricane Irma has already started impacting Caribbean itineraries for Florida-based cruise passengers. Royal Caribbean, operating some of the world’s largest cruise ships, issued a statement late Friday afternoon that they have altered the itinerary of Allure of the Seas for the comfort of their passengers.
Ships Impacted by Hurricane Irma
Allure of the Seas will now drop the scheduled Eastern Caribbean schedule and switch it to a Western Caribbean. The ship will now call in Cozumel, Mexico; their private destination Labadee, Haiti; and Falmouth, Jamaica.
Meanwhile, Carnival Cruise Line confirms that they, too, will be making adjustments, in their case to the itinerary of the Carnival Glory. Originally slated to sail an Eastern Caribbean itinerary, she will instead do a Western Caribbean journey. Glory’s former plan was to hit Half Moon Cay followed by a sea day, St. Thomas, San Juan, and Grand Turk before sailing back to Miami. Instead, Glory will now spend a day at sea before hitting Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize City and Cozumel before returning to Miami.
Disney Cruise Line informed guests on this week’s sailing of the Disney Fantasy that, with “the safety and well-being of our Guests and Crew Members” being their highest priority, they would be switching up the order of the ports visited during its Western Caribbean sailing this week “in order to stay a safe distance” from Irma’s reach.
Carnival Magic: The six-day cruise departing out of Port Canaveral today originally was slated to visit Nassau, followed by a day at sea, Amber Cove, Grand Turk and another sea day before returning to Florida. Instead, she will spend tomorrow at sea before visiting Cozumel, Belize and Costa Maya, followed by a final sea day as she returns to Port Canaveral.
Carnival Splendor: This six-day sailing out of Fort Lauderdale was originally slated to visit Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk and Amber Cove before spending a final day at sea on its way back to Port Everglades. Instead, she will spend tomorrow at sea before visiting Cozumel, Mahogany Bay and Belize, followed by another sea day on her way back to Port Everglades.
Carnival Pride: The ship’s seven-day cruise out of Baltimore was originally slated to spend two days at sea before sailing to Grand Turk and Half Moon Cay, followed by two sea days on her way back to Baltimore. Instead, she will now spend Monday at sea, then call upon Charleston, Freeport and Nassau before spending two days at sea sailing back to Baltimore.
Recovering from Hurricane Harvey
Last month, Hurricane Harvey caused substantial damage in Texas and canceled cruises out of Galveston. Starting on September 4, all the cruise itineraries impacted by Hurricane Harvey are expected to be back on schedule. As for Hurricane Irma, she was originally expected to continue to gain strength over the holiday weekend, potentially even developing into a Category 5 storm, although as of Saturday afternoon Irma was still classified as a Category 2 storm.