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|Earthquake in Hawaii -- Impact on Cruises Unknown|
| Live Report from Pride of Hawaii; Update on Earthquake Impact|
(4 p.m.) -- The 6.6 earthquake that rattled the islands of Hawaii this morning (7 a.m. local time, 2 p.m. Eastern) has caused numerous power outages and some airport closures. Not much else is known, particularly about the status of NCL America's Pride of Aloha, which was slated to finish its weekly cruise today, and should have been docked by then at Oahu's Honolulu.
At this point we don't know the impact on travelers departing the ship (and heading home to the mainland and other points). Nor have we heard from passengers who have just arrived there, and who plan to board Pride of Aloha today. We also don't know the impact of travel to Hawaii --primarily for cruise passengers planning to board Pride of Hawaii, which does its turn-around in Oahu tomorrow.
What we do know, according to NCL spokeswoman Susan Robison, is that "all the ships in Hawaii are safe and secure and we know there are going to be some flight delays and possibly some cancellations."
However, Associated Press is reporting that "cruise ships were asked to keep tourists on board, and ships that were due to dock with tourists were asked to move on to their next location." NCL America, which operates four cruise ships in Hawaii, is the indsustry's major operator there.
The flight issues are caused because power is currently out at the major international airport in Honolulu though some flights are landing and departing due to auxiliary power.
Folks who've booked their air through NCL's air/sea department should call the toll-free number provided if they have additional questions. Passengers who booked flights independently of the cruise line need to call their airlines directly.
While it's too premature to know what the impact of the earthquake on itineraries will be in the near term, NCL's Robison says "we haven't changed any itineraries at this point but we're closely monitoring the situation."
Cruise Critic's Melissa Baldwin is currently onboard Pride of Hawaii and posting live from the ship. We'll provide updates as necessary through the evening. In the meantime, anyone who hears from travelers heading to -- or from -- cruises in Honolulu is urged to contact Cruise Critic at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay tuned, we'll keep you posted.
--by Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor
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