October 2, 2000
Hurricane Keith is wreaking havoc on cruise lines’ western Caribbean itineraries. Passengers booked for trips this week should prepare for the unexpected. A roundup: * Carnival has five ships this week in the Western Caribbean. “Any western Caribbean itinerary we’re operating this week,” says Carnival spokeswoman Jennifer De La Cruz, “we reserve the right to change.” Most affected is Carnival’s Celebration, which launched its first voyage from its new homeport, Galveston, on Saturday. The five-day itinerary, which normally would include stops in Cozumel and Cancun, instead headed to New Orleans -- which, ironically, was the Celebration’s homeport until last week. The ship will return to Galveston on schedule. Inspiration, which sails 7-day voyages from New Orleans, and Sensation, which does 7-day itineraries from Tampa, are both “still on track” for regular itineraries, which feature ports of call such as Grand Cayman and, later this week, Cozumel, but De La Cruz says schedules could change. * Commodore’s Enchanted Isle, which is sailing a 7-day itinerary out of New Orleans, is diverting from Playa del Carman, today’s port of call, to Grand Cayman (which is Tuesday’s scheduled stop). The ship, which also calls in at Montego Bay, Jamaica, is still scheduled to visit Cozumel although Commodore officials say that could change. * Norwegian Cruise Lines has not yet announced its plans for the Galveston, Texas-based Norwegian Sea. The ship, which left Galveston yesterday, is at sea today and its normal itinerary calls for stops in Cozumel, Cancun, and Roatan, Honduras.