Update, 9:30 p.m. EDT: Ike is back to being a Category Four, and the eye of the dangerous storm is approaching the Turks and Caicos Islands with maximum sustained winds near 135 miles per hour.
Royal Caribbean has announced that its Mariner of the Seas, which departs from Port Canaveral on Sunday, September 7, will change the order of its usual ports of call on its seven-night Caribbean cruise. For further details, click here.
(10:30 a.m. EDT) -- Hurricane Ike is continuing to gather pace as it heads closer to the Caribbean and Florida.
Ike, which is a Category Three hurricane, has already caused Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Lines and
Norwegian Cruise Line to alter itineraries (which can be found here) to avoid the strong storm, which is expected to reach The Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas in the next 24 hours.
Now, a mandatory evacuation has been ordered in the Florida Keys -- according to the National Hurricane Center Ike is due to hit the coast early next week.
The Keys are a popular stop for Miami's Monday departures -- Carnival Fascination is due to call at Key West on Tuesday and Majesty of the Seas is due on Thursday. While we haven't been informed on any further itinerary changes as yet, we will keep you posted.
--by Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor
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