(11 p.m.) -- As Hurricane Omar continues its northeasterly path through the Caribbean toward Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, cruise lines have been reporting storm-related itinerary changes. According to the latest reports from the National Hurricane Center, the storm is now a Category Three storm (a major hurricane) with maximum sustained winds of 115 miles per hour.
Tropical Depression 16, a still unnamed storm that has brought heavy rains and winds of 35 miles per hour to the Western Caribbean, has also caused an itinerary change to a Carnival ship.
Carnival Cruise Lines
As a result of Tropical Depression 16, Carnival Legend will sail an altered itinerary. Instead of visiting Belize on Thursday as originally planned, the ship will spend another day in Cozumel (where it docked today).
Carnival Triumph, which sailed out of Miami on October 12, has switched three of its originally scheduled stops (St. Thomas, San Juan and Grand Turk). The ship will now visit Jamaica's Ocho Rios on Wednesday (7:30 a.m.
to 3:30 p.m.); Grand Cayman on Thursday (7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.); and Cozumel on Friday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
Carnival Glory, which sailed out of Port Canaveral on October 11, will spend a day at sea tomorrow instead of visiting St. Maarten as originally planned.
The ship will stop in Grand Turk on Thursday (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
Adventure of the Seas, which departed the Port of San Juan on Sunday, October 12, will sail a modified itinerary. The ship will not be visiting St. Johns, Antigua, on Thursday. Instead the ship will visit Roseau, Dominica.
Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas will also sail an altered itinerary. The ship will not be visiting St. Thomas on Wednesday and St. Maarten on Thursday as planned. Instead Mariner will be at sea Wednesday; stop in Grand Cayman on Thursday; visit Cozumel on Friday; and be at sea Saturday.
Due to the weather conditions, Maasdam is skipping its originally planned stop in St. Maarten, and heading directly to St. Lucia instead. It is expected to continue on schedule after that.
Princess has announced itinerary changes for Crown Princess. The ship will now sail the following schedule: Grand Turk on Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (originally St. Maarten); Ocho Rios on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (originally St. Thomas); and Grand Cayman on Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (originally Grand Turk).
Coral Princess missed its planned call in Aruba today. Instead the ship is heading straight to Cartagena, where it will arrive one hour early tomorrow.
Disney Cruise Line
Disney Magic will be swapping its scheduled call in St. Thomas tomorrow (Wednesday) for a day at sea. On Thursday, instead of spending the day at sea as originally planned, the vessel will visit Nassau.
Stay tuned for updates.
--by Dan Askin, Assistant Editor
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Update: Hurricane Omar Itinerary Changes
October 15, 2008