Ships Avoid Miami, Port Everglades Today
October 25, 2005
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(7:20 p.m.) -- Hurricane Wilma is retreating after making landfall near Naples, Florida yesterday. While some cruise ships are expected to return to the Sunshine State today, the storm is impacting arrivals and departures in Miami and Port Everglades. Both ports are currently closed.
Here's a rundown of the latest changes:
Carnival has just announced new plans for its Miami-based Fascination and Imaginaton (both of which were expected to return to Miami today, a day later than originally scheduled), and Carnival Legend (which was expected to return to Port Everglades today, one day later than originally scheduled).
Fascination will now depart Wednesday on a two-day cruise to Nassau; guests sailing on this modified voyage will receive a 50 percent refund and a $50 shipboard credit. Guests can also opt to cancel and receive a future cruise credit or a refund.
Imagination will now depart Wednesday on a three-day cruise to Freeport and Nassau; guests sailing on this modified voyage will receive a 40 percent refund and a $50 shipboard credit. Guests can also opt to cancel and receive a future cruise credit or a refund.
Carnival Legend will now depart Wednesday on a six-day cruise to San Juan, St. Maarten and Nassau from Miami instead of Port Everglades; guests sailing on this modified six-day voyage will receive a 25 percent refund and a $50 shipboard credit. Guests can also opt to cancel and receive a future cruise credit or a refund.
According to Royal Caribbean, Enchantment of the Seas will arrive in Port Everglades on Wednesday. The following voyage has been canceled so the ship can bring relief supplies to victims of Hurricane Wilma in Mexico; booked guests are being provided with a full refund and a certificate for 25 percent off a future Royal Caribbean cruise.
Majesty of the Seas will arrive in Miami on Wednesday; the ship then set sail on a modified two-night itinerary calling at Nassau on Thursday before returning to Miami on Friday. Guests who sail on this shortened cruise will receive a 50 percent refund and $125 shipboard credit; they may also cancel for a credit for the cruise portion of their sailing.
Coral Princess, which was expected back in Port Everglades today, will now return tomorrow; passengers on the upcoming shortened voyage should embark tomorrow.
Click here for a full list of storm-related itinerary changes.
MSNBC reported yesterday that one-third of Key West was under water.
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