While this is not a storm to be trifled with for those folks on land, at this point Hurricane Lane is not affecting cruises to the region for two reasons. One is that many depart from ports of embarkation in Los Angeles and San Diego on the weekends -- so they're not in the area. As well, this time of year in the Mexican Riviera is low-season and there are only a handful of lines, such as Carnival and Royal Caribbean, operating ships there. Carnival and Royal Caribbean have posted no changes this weekend.
Helene, now out in the Atlantic and no danger to land before the middle of next week, is gaining power; she's now, officially, a hurricane. At this point, there's no impact on cruising.
We'll keep you posted on Hurricanes Lane and Helene through the weekend.
--by Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor.