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At Your Service: Hurricane Season Cruising (4:45 p.m.) -- It's hard to believe ... but yes, the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season maintains its early intensity as Tropical Storm Emily, the year's fifth named storm, moves toward Barbados. On its most current report at 2 p.m. A.S.T., the National Weather Service's National Hurricane Center notes that a hurricane watch remains in effect for Barbados, Grenada, the Grenadines, St. Vincent and St. Lucia; a hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the next 36 hours.
Emily's moving at quite a clip -- the storm is approaching Barbados at 20 miles per hour and with maximum sustained winds of 50 m.p.h.
The storm's path is far more southern than that of Hurricane Dennis and as such could potentially impact Southern Caribbean itineraries. So far, Carnival is the only line to announce a change in the Southern Caribbean; Carnival Destiny, which was scheduled for a full day's call at Barbados tomorrow, will instead make a quick stop to disembark passengers (the ship offers an embarkation option there), and will then head back out to Aruba.
Emily's already causing more dramatic changes in Eastern Caribbean itineraries. Royal Caribbean reports that Mariner of the Seas, which was to sail an Eastern Caribbean voyage this week, will bypass that region entirely -- and head to the Western Caribbean. So far, no changes have been made to ports of call for passengers on Adventurer and Explorer of the Seas, which are in the Eastern Caribbean this week, have been made but the company cautions folks to be prepared for possible alterations.
Stay tuned, as always, as Cruise Critic will continue to post updates as often as necessary.