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Hurricane Florence Continues to Threaten Cruise Companies

6 minutes read • September 9th, 2018
Florence has become a hurricane and could cause severe devastation. Cruise world monitors closely the situation as the natural disaster has already forced several

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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.

Cruise passengers should be ready for changes in the itineraries and cruise cancellations since Florence has already forced several ships to reroute, while still a tropical storm.
Norwegian Cruise Line had to change its liner’s itinerary because of the tropical storm Florence. Norwegian Dawn that left Boston on Friday initially intended to take her passengers to Bermuda. However, the vessel was switched to various northern locations in Canada because of weather conditions.
Another representative of NCL, Norwegian Escape that was also scheduled to take a Bermuda voyage, departed New York City yesterday. Her itinerary was also changed due to the tropical storm, and now her stops include Port Canaveral, Nassau, and Great Stirrup Cay.
Royal Caribbean International’s Grandeur of the Seas set sail yesterday towards Nassau (with an overnight stop) instead of Bermuda.
Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Pride scheduled to depart towards Bermuda on 9/9 won’t sail there. Instead, the liner will take her guests to Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay, and Freeport.

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.
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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.
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UPDATE (9/10 1:30 PM EDT)

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.
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Photo courtesy of National Hurricane Center

Please remember that safety is the top priority!

UPDATE (9/14 3:00 AM EDT)

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.
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Photo courtesy of National Hurricane Center
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Since Port of Charleston is closed, Carnival Ecstasy’s departure scheduled for 9/16 remains in question. If the port re-opens in time, Carnival plans to operate this sailing.

Please follow the news.

UPDATE (9/14 3:00 PM EDT)

Grandeur of the Seas won’t return to Baltimore until 9/16. As a result, her next sailing which was scheduled for 9/13 won’t leave until Monday. It will be shortened by 4 days.

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