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Date Published: May 7, 2009
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Swine Flu Update: Mexico Cruise Itinerary Changes
Swine Flu in Mexico There have been no additional changes since 3:53 p.m. EDT on May 4, 2009.

Cruise lines have announced itinerary changes in light of ongoing swine flu concerns. Below, we've listed the cruise lines calling on Mexico ports in the near future, and the latest information available from each:

Carnival Cruise Lines
Disney Cruise Line
Fred. Olsen Cruise Line
Holland America Line
Norwegian Cruise Line
Princess Cruises
Royal Caribbean/Celebrity

Carnival Cruise Lines

With 16 ships affected since the start, Carnival Cruise Lines is the hardest hit by swine flu. The two ships that are most impacted are Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Ecstasy, with select four-night cruises actually being canceled to accommodate new, seven-night itineraries. Here's how it will work:

Carnival Fantasy's May 2 and May 11 departures from New Orleans (originally five-day cruises) have been converted into seven-day cruises departing on May 2 and May 9. The cruises will call on Key West, Freeport and Nassau in lieu of Progreso and Cozumel. That ship's May 7 departure, a four-day cruise from New Orleans, has been canceled.

Likewise, Fantasy's May 16 and May 25 departures from New Orleans (originally five-day cruises) have been converted into seven-day cruises departing on May 16 and May 23. The cruises will call on Key West, Freeport and Nassau in lieu of Progreso and Cozumel. That ship's May 21 departure, a four-day cruise from New Orleans, has been canceled.

Finally, Fantasy's May 30 and June 8 departures from New Orleans (originally five-day cruises) have been converted into seven-day cruises departing on May 30 and June 6. The cruises will call on Key West, Freeport and Nassau in lieu of Progreso and Cozumel. That ship's June 4 departure, a four-day cruise from New Orleans, has been canceled.

Carnival Ecstasy's May 2 and May 11 departures from Galveston (originally five-day cruises) have been converted into seven-day cruises departing on May 2 and May 9. The cruises will call on Montego Bay and Grand Cayman in lieu of Progreso and Cozumel. That ship's May 7 departure, a four-day cruise from Galveston, has been canceled.

Likewise, Ecstasy's May 16 and May 25 departures from Galveston (originally five-day cruises) have been converted into seven-day cruises departing on May 16 and May 23. The cruises will call on Montego Bay and Grand Cayman in lieu of Progreso and Cozumel. That ship's May 21 departure, a four-day cruise from Galveston, has been canceled.

Finally, Ecstasy's May 30 and June 8 departures from Galveston (originally five-day cruises) have been converted into seven-day cruises departing on May 30 and June 6. The cruises will call on Montego Bay and Grand Cayman in lieu of Progreso and Cozumel. That ship's June 4 departure, a four-day cruise from Galveston, has been canceled.

Guests who cannot switch to or do not want to sail on any of modified itineraries may opt to receive a refund in the form of a future cruise credit or money back equal to the full amount paid for the voyage.

Beyond these two ships, most of the modifications announced -- though there are a lot of them -- involve simple port swaps or extra days at sea:

Carnival Freedom's May 9 and June 6 departures from Ft. Lauderdale will call on Belize instead of Cozumel (the order of the ports has been reversed as well).

Carnival Imagination's departures from Miami through and including June 15 will call at Nassau instead of Cozumel.

Carnival Destiny's May 14, May 28 and June 11 departures from Miami will call at Nassau instead of Cozumel.

Carnival Triumph's May 17 departure from Miami (seven-day cruise) will call at Belize instead of Cozumel.

Carnival Valor's departures from Miami through and including June 14 will call at Key West instead of Cozumel.

Carnival Glory's May 16 departure will call on Grand Cayman, St. Thomas and St. Maarten instead of Cozumel, Belize, Costa Maya and Nassau. Its May 30 and June 13 departures will call at Grand Turk, Ocho Rios and Grand Cayman.

Carnival Inspiration's May 9, May 18, May 23, June 1, June 6 and June 15 departures from Tampa will spend an extra day in Grand Cayman in lieu of Cozumel. Its May 14, May 28 and June 11 departures will replace Cozumel will Grand Cayman.

Carnival Legend's May 10, May 17, May 24, May 31, June 7 and June 14 departures (seven-day cruises) from Tampa will skip Cozumel for a day at sea.

Carnival's Holiday departures on May 4 and May 18 will call on Key West and Freeport instead of Cozumel and Calica. The May 9 departure will call on Key West and Freeport instead of Progreso and Cozumel. The May 14 departure will call on Key West instead of Cozumel.

Carnival Conquest's departures from Galveston through and including June 7 will have an extra sea day in lieu of Cozumel.

Carnival Elation's May 10, May 17, May 24, May 31, June 7 and June 14 departures (four-day cruises) will simply skip Ensenada and spend the day at sea. The May 7, May 14, May 21, May 28, June 4 and June 11 departures (three-day cruises) will replace Ensenada with Catalina.

Carnival Paradise's May 8, May 15, May 22, May 29, June 5 and June 12 departures from Long Beach (three-day cruises) will call on Catalina instead of Ensenada. The May 4, May 11, May 19, May 25, June 1, June 8 and June 15 departures (four-day cruises) will simply skip Ensenada and spend the day at sea.

Carnival Splendor's departures from Long Beach (seven-day cruises) through and including June 14 will head north to Astoria, Victoria and Vancouver in lieu of Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. (The May 10 cruise will not visit Astoria.)

On these itineraries, guests who do not wish to sail may opt to receive a refund in the form of a future cruise credit.

Carnival says that guests who choose to sail will receive compensation for missed ports/altered itineraries (where applicable) -- and that it varies by itinerary. For example, guests on the May 10 Carnival Splendor cruise will receive a $100 per person onboard credit. In other cases, only applicable port fees will be returned.

For information on itinerary changes to sailings already in progress, visit carnival.com.


Disney Cruise Line

Disney Magic will cancel its calls in Cozumel on May 6 and 20, and will replace them with calls in Nassau. The cruise line has not yet announced any further changes.


Fred. Olsen Cruise Line

Fred. Olsen's Balmoral will skip a call on Acapulco this week. The ship will have an extended stay in San Diego, and an extra port -- Costa Rica's Puntarenas -- has been added.


Holland America

Holland America has announced that five sailings will be impacted by swine flu:

Ryndam, which departed on April 24, will spend two days at sea in lieu of calls to Topolobampo and Guaymas, and will call at San Diego and Long Beach in lieu of La Paz and Cabo San Lucas, respectively.

Statendam, which departed on April 17 for a Panama Canal transit, stayed at sea instead of calling on Cabo San Lucas; the ship will arrive in San Diego as scheduled on May1.

Westerdam , which departed on April 19 for a Panama Canal transit, will visit Puerto Quetzal instead of Puerto Chiapas and Corinto instead of Huatulco, then spend a day at sea in lieu of Acapulco.

Zuiderdam, which departed on April 18 for a Panama Canal transit, will skip calls at Puerto Chiapas, Huatulco, Acapulco and Cabo San Lucas. Costa Rica's Puntarenas, San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua and Puerto Quetzal in Guatemala have been added.

Veendam, which departed on May 1 for a Panama Canal transit, will visit Corinto and Puerto Quetzal in lieu of Huatulco, Acapulco and Cabo San Lucas. Golfo Dulce scenic cruising has also been added.


Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Pearl canceled its April 29 call on Acapulco and its May 1 call on Cabo San Lucas. Instead, the ship called on San Diego on May 2. Norwegian's scheduled itineraries do not include any more Mexico calls until the end of September 2009.


Princess

Six Princess ships are currently scheduled for calls in Mexican ports through May, as they reposition to Alaska for the summer season. In total, eight itineraries and 22 calls in Mexico are affected:

Sapphire Princess will visit San Diego and Catalina on its current voyage, and Santa Barbara and San Diego on its current voyage (departed May 2), in lieu of Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas -- with technical stops in Ensenada.

Coral Princess will not call on Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco, Huatulco, Manzanillo or Puerto Vallarta on its current Panama Canal voyage, which departed on April 26. Calls at San Diego and San Juan del Sur have been added.

Star Princess will skip Acapulco, Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas on its current voyage, calling in Santa Barbara and Catalina (other days are spent at sea). It departed for the Mexican Riviera on April 27.

Sea Princess will skip Huatulco in favor of San Juan del Sur and Acapulco in favor of Puerto Quetzal on its Panama Canal transit departing May 9. The ship will stay at sea insted of calling on Cabo San Lucas.

Island Princess has swapped a Huatulco call for a day at sea on its current Panama Canal cruise, which departed April 23.

Pacific Princess will not call on Acapulco or Cabo San Lucas on its current Panama Canal cruise, which departed April 24. The dates of some ports have been shifted, and a call at San Juan del Sur has been added.


Royal Caribbean/Celebrity

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is temporarily suspending its port calls in Mexico. The announcement impacts several ships. Most impacted:

Mariner of the Seas will sail a fully revised itinerary through the June 14 sailing, visiting Canada and the U.S. West Coast. Those seven-night cruises depart from Los Angeles and visit San Francisco, Victoria and Seattle (note: the ship's May 10 sailing will feature a port call in Astoria, Oregon, rather than San Francisco). Royal Caribbean has established a special help desk to assist guests booked on these cruises. The toll-free number is 800-327-6700.

Other ships will simply make alternative port calls or spend additional time at sea:

Enchantment of the Seas's five-night sailings from Ft. Lauderdale on Mondays will spend additional time in Key West and add an extra sea day in lieu of Cozumel. Its four-night sailings that depart on Thursdays will also spend additional time in Key West, and call in Nassau in lieu of Cozumel. Its five-night sailings that depart Ft. Lauderdale on Saturdays will replace their Cozumel port calls with port calls in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, with two exceptions. Sailings on May 2 and May 16 will replace their Cozumel port calls with port calls in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Freedom of the Seas will spend additional time in Grand Cayman and add an extra sea day in lieu of Cozumel.

Liberty of the Seas will call in Coco Cay in the Bahamas in lieu of Cozumel.

Radiance of the Seas will replace its port calls in Huatulco, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, with an extended, overnight port call in San Diego, California, and additional time at sea.

Serenade of the Seas will call at San Diego in lieu of Cabo San Lucas.

Celebrity Infinity will skip its calls at Huatulco, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas; more information on its replacement itinerary was not available at press time.

This week, both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the U.S. and the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office issued travel warnings advising citizens against nonessential travel to Mexico.

--by Melissa Baldwin Paloti, Managing Editor

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