Cruise lines have already been taking seriously the approaching Hurricane Frances, now swirling at the 140-mile-per-hour mark in the Atlantic between Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. Even if it hasn't made landfall yet, Hurricane Frances is currently a Category Four storm.
At this point announcements have only affected current sailings (not those slated to depart Thursday through to the weekend). The storm, which is now headed for the Bahamas and the Turks & Caicos islands, could make U.S. landfall anywhere from South Florida to the already beleaguered Carolinas. So stay tuned to Cruise Critic at the very least -- and folks scheduled to depart this weekend for trips out of Florida should be prepared for contingencies.
At this point, changes have included:
Royal Caribbean has revised a handful of itineraries for cruises already in progress. On this week's voyage, Grandeur of the Seas moved up its Bahamas calls to Tuesday and Wednesday and is slated to visit Port Canaveral Thursday. Navigator of the Seas skipped two scheduled stops -- San Juan and Labadee (its private beach in Haiti) -- and swapped days with St. Thomas. The ship replaced the missed ports with a call at St. John, Antigua, and an extra day at sea. On Adventure of the Seas, passengers did not call at Tuesday's regularly scheduled St. Maarten -- but will return there Saturday. And Majesty of the Seas will skip Coco Cay, Royal Caribbean's private island, on Wednesday -- and go to Freeport instead.
Over on Princess' Caribbean Princess, the ship's entire Eastern Caribbean itinerary was scrapped -- it's sailing the western region this week instead.
Carnival has altered itineraries on three ships. Carnival Triumph, which originally was planned to sail the Eastern Caribbean, went west instead. Carnival's Paradise, which was in the same "boat," also headed for a mostly Western Caribbean route (it was able to go to Nassau). And on Carnival Legend, which sails out of New York, the ship's regular San Juan, Tortola and St. Thomas itinerary was completely changed -- those passengers will instead call at the Bahamas' islands of Nassau and Freeport and then Port Canaveral.
For more information on how -- and when -- hurricanes can impact cruises, check out Cruise Critic's At Your Service: Hurricane Season Cruising.
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Hurricane Tracker -- Frances Already Disrupts Caribbean Cruises; Stay Tuned
August 31, 2004