States of emergency were declared in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina as Hurricane Florence is heading towards the southeast U.S. coast. The natural disaster is expected to reach this region on Thursday.
As of 11 AM AST 9/9, Florence is located 750 miles southeast of Bermuda and about 610 miles northeast of the northern Leeward Islands.
Photo courtesy of National Hurricane Center
There are also 2 tropical storms in the Atlantic, Isaac and Helene.
Besides, there’s also an activity in the Pacific, so we must be prepared for the change in the Hawaii cruises.
We will closely watch as the situation changes and update you as often as possible.
Please, stay safe wherever you are!
UPDATE (9/9 11:50 PM EDT)
Carnival Horizon skipped the port of San Juan and visited Amber Cove instead of it today. Initially, the liner was scheduled to visit Amber Cove on 9/10. However, the captain decided to change the itinerary in order Carnival Horizon returns to NYC without problems. Earlier, the ship spent 2 additional hours in Grand Turk, which was also caused by a threat from the natural disaster.
Carnival Horizon is expected to arrive in NYC on 9/13.
Besides, tropical storm Isaac forced Carnival to change the cruise itinerary of another representative of Vista class. Carnival Vista that left Miami on 9/8 will visit St. Maarten, St. Kitts, San Juan and Amber Cove instead of her scheduled itinerary (Grand Turk – San Juan – St. Kitts – Philipsburg, St. Maarten).
Carnival Vista is expected to return to Miami on 9/16.
Oceania Cruises changed the itinerary of its Sirena cruise ship. She won't call at Bermuda (scheduled for 9/12 and 9/13) but will visit Nassau on 9/15. She'll reach Miami on 9/16. Another representative of the company, Insignia, will skip several ports.
UPDATE (9/12 2:40 AM EDT)
As Hurricane Florence continues to threaten the Southeastern United States and the U.S. Mid-Atlantic states, it diverted several cruise ships to Port Canaveral.
Yesterday, on 9/11, NCL's Norwegian Escape visited Port Canaveral before leaving towards the Bahamas. As you already know, initially, the ship was scheduled to take her passengers to Bermuda.
RCI decided to send Grandeur of the Seas to Port Canaveral after a full day in Nassau. The ship will arrive there today, on 9/12, and will spend there a couple of days. The liner is expected to return to Baltimore no later than 9/16.
We remind you that the itinerary of Grandeur of the Seas has already been changed because of the natural disaster. Initially, the ship was scheduled to visit Bermuda. However, she was rerouted to the Bahamas.
According to 11:00 PM AST 9/11 data, the hurricane was about 355 miles southwest of Bermuda and about 670 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina.
Florence, which is currently a Category 1 tropical cyclone, is about 35 miles east of Wilmington, North Carolina and about 50 miles southwest of Morehead City, North Carolina (as of 2:00 a.m. EDT 9/14).
More than 100,000 homes are already without power. Residents of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia (more than a million people) were ordered to evacuate.