How Cruise Itineraries Are Changing After Hurricanes Irma and Maria
After the double destruction of both hurricanes Irma and Maria, cruise lines in the Caribbean are changing their itineraries to avoid damaged ports.
Both Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean announced changes to their Caribbean itineraries, effective from September 20.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas switched out its St. Martin stop for a replacement in St. Kitts. But now, to avoid Hurricane Maria, the ship will scrap that call as well. Royal Caribbean will also avoid stops in Antigua, St. Lucia, and Barbados.
Carnival Cruises dropped scheduled stops at the ports of Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, San Juan, and Grand Turk. Replacements include Grand Cayman, Cozumel, and others, depending on the specific ship. Carnival’s Glory, Fascination, and Magic ships are affected by the changes.
The islands of Half Moon Cay and Princess Cay, where several cruise ships dock, have been closed and evacuated. The port of Key West remains closed, forcing cruise lines to depart elsewhere, usually Miami or Tampa.
Norwegian Cruise Lines announced only a slight modification to one of its itineraries. Passengers can check the cruise line’s website for any updates.
The changed itineraries will continue for the next few weeks, depending on Hurricane Maria’s final impact in the area.
Earlier this week, the National Weather Service issued hurricane warnings for the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis and Montserrat.