Cruise ships change course to avoid Hurricane Florence's wrath

Elias Hubbard
September 14, 2018

Cruise ship passengers that booked trips to Bermuda are "airing their disappointment" after their cruise destinations were changed as a result of forecasted weather conditions in relation to nearby storm systems, according to a report in "The Star Halifax".

The ship left NY on Sunday, September 9, heading towards the Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas instead of Bermuda's King's Wharf as planned, reports USA Today.

Major cruise lines are altering their routes to avoid Category 4 hurricane Florence, which is likely to strike the United States east coast on Thursday.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.'s September 8 sailing of the Grandeur of the Seas was diverted to Florida's Port Canaveral from Bermuda for two days before a scheduled return to Baltimore on Sunday.

Also rerouting to the Bahamas this week instead of Bermuda are two Baltimore-based ships: Royal Caribbean's 2,446-passenger Grandeur of the Seas and Carnival Cruise Line's 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride. The vessels departed Baltimore on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Another one of Carnival's cruise ships, Carnival Horizon, which departed NY on September 5, cancelled a planned call in San Juan on September 9 over safety concerns and will move its call at Amber Cove to the following day. It's due back in NY on Thursday.

Norwegian Cruise Line modified Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Dawn itineraries.

The Norwegian Dawn made an unexpected stop in Sydney on Monday.

Oceania's 684-passenger Sirena is bypassing Bermuda as it nears the end of a repositioning cruise from Europe to Miami while sister ship Insignia is shifting several port calls.

The changes come as the coast of the Carolinas appears increasingly threatened by Florence.

In its last update, the National Hurricane Center said Florence is centered around 575 miles southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving at around 17 miles per hour. This means sustained winds of 39 mph are possible within 72 hours.

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