Bermuda Assesses Post-Florence Damage
Hurricane Florence Pounding Bermuda
(September 11, 11 a.m.) The latest update from the National Hurricane Center is reporting that Hurricane Florence is now bombarding Bermuda with 80 mile per hour sustained winds. Cruise lines have responded to the impending storm by making necessary itinerary changes. The following lines have amended itineraries:
Norwegian Cruise Line
(September 11, 12:40 p.m.)
Based on the current status and forecast of the Hurricane Florence, there will be itinerary changes for Norwegian Crown and Norwegian Majesty. Both ships are currently en route to Bermuda, taking a southerly route versus the usual direct route. As of now, there will be a delayed arrival into Bermuda, with both ships arriving at 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning instead of Tuesday morning. The remaining calls will proceed as originally scheduled.
Updates can also be received by calling NCL at 1-800-327-7030.
(September 9, noon)
Zenith, departing Saturday, September 9, will now sail an alternate itinerary. The ship will now visit Freeport from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, and Nassau from 7 a.m. to midnight Wednesday.
Guests may contact Celebrity at 1-800-280-3423 for updates. Those booked on this sailing may cancel their cruise and receive credit equal to the amount of their cruise fare. Guests who sail on this cruise will receive a $150 onboard credit per stateroom.
(September 9, 11:47 a.m.)
Ships sailing from the Port of Philadelphia
Based on recent weather forecasts, Empress of the Seas will now sail an alternative itinerary. The ship will now visit Nassau from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, and Freeport from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Guests who sail on this cruise will now receive a $150 onboard credit per stateroom.
Ships sailing from the Port of Baltimore
Grandeur of the Seas, set to depart Sunday, September 10 has experienced a mechanical problem involving its starboard rudder. As a result, departure will be delayed until approximately midnight Monday to give RCCL ample time to repair the rudder. The scheduled call in Bermuda has been canceled.
Ships sailing from Cape Liberty
Explorer of the Seas, departing Friday, September 8, may be unable to make its first port of call in St. Thomas on Monday. If Florence remains on its predicted path, the ship may need to sail closer to the U.S. coast. This would require more sailing time to reach the Caribbean and result in its missing its first port of call. If this is the case, the ship will spend that day at sea.
Guests also may contact Royal Caribbean at 1-800-529-6918 to receive updates. On all RCCL sailings headed for Bermuda, guests may cancel their cruise and receive a letter of credit for the amount paid.
(September 8, 5:20 p.m.)
Crown Princess has canceled its Bermuda call, and is heading directly back to New York, diverting away from the storm. The ship will arrive in New York on Tuesday, as originally scheduled.
Cruise Critic will continue to monitor the developing situation.
Updated Bermuda Itinerary Changes
September 11, 2006