Cruise Ships Racing back to ports
According to News reports from USA Today, Guest Travel writer Larry Bleiberg who is filling in for Gene Sloan. Hurricane Irene (our second major storm) creates havoc for those attempting to CRUISE DURING HURRICANE SEASON, and is causing major impact on various cruise lines, and the returns to port as well as impending departure schedules and sailings. The following is an excerpt…………..
Plans may continue to shift as the storm’s impact becomes evident. Passengers should check with the cruise line or their travel agent because ships may depart early. About 450 passengers missed their cruises last Sunday when two ships were forced to leave San Juan early due to the approaching storm.
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At 11 a.m. ET, the National Hurricane Center in Miami reported that Irene was 330 miles south-southwest of Cape Hatteras, N.C., and outer rain bands of the storm were about to make landfall. It’s now predicted the Category 2 storm will reach the coast Saturday and continue marching north. Hurricane warnings are now in effect from North Carolina to New Jersey.
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Cruise lines’ weekend schedule and itinerary changes include:
* Carnival Pride plans to arrive in Baltimore Saturday morning, a day early. All guests will have to leave the ship and then, following U.S. Coast Guard instruction, the vessel will move to an alternative location to ride out the storm.
Pride’s next voyage, originally scheduled to start Sunday afternoon, will instead depart Monday. Passengers on both affected voyages will receive a one-day, pro-rated refund for the missed day of their trip, Carnival says.
* Carnival Glory, which leaves New York on Saturday for a five-night Canada cruise, will reverse part of its schedule, visiting Halifax Monday and Saint John Tuesday.
* Carnival Fantasy, based in Charleston, S.C., will skip Bermuda on Saturday and Sunday, and instead will call on Cozumel, Mexico, on Sunday and Key West, Fla., Monday.
* Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas will now leave Bayonne, N.J., on Saturday at 4 p.m., one hour earlier than originally scheduled. The ship is sailing a five-night Bermuda cruise.
* Holland America’s Veendam will arrive in New York one day early on Saturday. Passengers can leave Saturday or stay on the ship overnight in New York. At this point, the ship is still on schedule to leave on its next voyage Sunday afternoon, but “based on the storm’s progress and intensity, departure may be delayed,” the line said in a statement.
* There are no changes yet to the itinerary of Holland America’s Maasdam, which is cruising out of Boston.
* Norwegian Jewel will return to New York early on Saturday, and passengers will begin to disembark beginning at 6 a.m. Loading for the next cruise will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and the ship will depart three hours ahead of schedule at 1 p.m. Once the ship is underway, there may be a change to the scheduled Bahamas and Florida itinerary.
* An update for Norwegian Gem’s Sunday cruise from New York will be provided at approximately 2 p.m. ET today.
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