Hurricane Isaac Forecast Shuts Down Florida Cruise Ports

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(Updated 2:30am EST) All three ports are expected to be given the all-clear on Monday, 8/27. Please read updated article here.

The Port of Miami, Port Everglades and the Port of Tampa are all expected to close this weekend and not re-open until the forecasted Hurricane Isaac passes, this according to a statement by Carnival Cruise Lines. Port Miami will close the port at 11pm on Saturday evening and Tampa at 3am on Sunday morning.


As a result of Tampa’s port closure, Carnival Legend will now dock in Port Canaveral and bus passengers back to Tampa, where the ship originated. For outgoing passengers scheduled on Carnival Legend out of Tampa, Carnival will provide complimentary shuttle service to Port Canaveral, where Legend will depart at 8pm on Sunday.

As a result of Port Miami shutting down, Carnival Valor will stay at sea another day, and return to Miami until Monday morning. Carnival Valor’s scheduled six-day cruise will now operate as a five-day cruise departing Aug. 27, visiting Grand Cayman and Montego Bay (the scheduled call in Key West has been cancelled).  Departure time for the Aug. 27 cruise is expected to be at 8 pm. Guests who opt to sail on this voyage will receive a one-day pro-rated refund of their cruise fare and a $50 per person shipboard credit.  Guests also have the option of cancelling and receiving a full refund or a future cruise credit equal to the amount of their cruise fare.

Carnival Imagination will also be delayed embarking the next cruise out of Miami on 7/26, check-in time will be between

Royal Caribbean

 Royal Caribbean announced, “Allure of the Seas next sailing will now begin on Tuesday, August 28.  We ask that guests who are scheduled to sail on Allure of the Seas on Sunday, August 26, not arrive at the port until 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 28.  We kindly ask that guests come to the terminal between 11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 28, for check-in and boarding.”
Majesty of the Seas is due back in on Monday will delay boarding in Miami, depending on what time the port reopens.
Port Canaveral based Monarch of the Seas will begin boarding at 1:00 p.m., as scheduled.  Monarch of the Seas will spend Wednesday, August 29, at sea, and call to CocoCay, Bahamas, on Thursday, August 30.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Sky will delay her arrival into Miami on Monday, August 27. The ship is now expected to arrive between noon and 4 pm on Monday, depending on when the Port of Miami re-opens. Embarkation for guests on the ship’s four-day Bahamas cruise will now take place at 5 pm. Norwegian Sky is expected to depart at 10 pm and follow her existing itinerary.

Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to reach hurricane strength on Monday evening, making landfall on the Florida Keys and Gulf Coast as a category two storm.

Guests sailing in the next couple days should monitor their respected cruise lines websites.

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