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Hurricane Joaquin Cancels Bahamas and Bermuda Ports

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Nassau, Bahamas sits empty on Friday. photo: PTZtv

Nassau, Bahamas sits empty on Friday.
photo: PTZtv

Hurricane Joaquin. It’s the storm that popped out of no where and wreaking havoc on vacationers across the eastern seaboard, Bahamas and now, Bermuda.

If you just got off a ship, you’re probably one of the lucky ones. Cruising this weekend and your vacation could be altered – and I hope you have travel insurance.

Current Cruise Changes

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  • Carnival Sunshine has ditched the eight-night Bermuda this week and is heading southbound to Grand Turk, St. Thomas and San Juan. Guests are receiving a refund of the port charges and taxes for Bermuda and 25% of a future Carnival sailing.
  • Carnival Sensation dropped Nassau and visited Freeport instead.
  • Carnival Fantasy will drop Freeport and head to Key West.
  • Carnival Conquest dropped Grand Turk on Friday and spent the day at sea.
  • Liberty of the Seas will not be able to call on Kings Warf, Bermuda as originally scheduled. Instead, the ship will sail to St. John, Canada.
  • Norwegian Getaway skipped Nassau for a sea day before returning to Miami Saturday morning.
  • Norwegian Sky will not call in Great Stirrup Cay on Sunday. Instead, the ship will remain at sea on Saturday and call in Nassau on Sunday morning.
  • Royal Princess skipped the line’s private island, Princess Cays.
  • Disney Magic has been forced to skip its scheduled visits to Castaway Cay and Nassau. The ship’s new itinerary is Key West and Cozumel.
  • Disney Dream ditched Nassau and stayed at sea, arriving at Castaway Cay a day later than planned.

Passenger Contracts

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In the passenger contract cruise lines can alter itineraries without notice at the captain’s discretion.

Here is an excerpt from Carnival’s passenger contract, “…change any or all port calls, arrival or departure times, with or without notice, for any reason whatsoever, including but not limited to safety, security, adverse weather,….

It’s not a total wash cruising during hurricane season, read our article 5 Reasons to Cruise During Hurricane Season.

Photo credit: Nassau Port Webcam

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