(August 15, 11:15 p.m. EDT) -- Tropical Storm Ana, the first named storm of the season, is already impacting cruise itineraries. According to the National Hurricane Center, a tropical storm watch is in effect for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Island, Antigua, St. Kitts, Nevis and St. Maarten. The storm is currently about 700 miles west of the Leeward Islands and maximum sustained winds are being reported at 40 miles per hour. The storm is on track to reach the Caribbean by early Monday morning.
Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes
Princess Cruises has altered the itinerary for Caribbean Princess, which departed from New York on Thursday. The ship was scheduled to call in San Juan on Monday, St. Thomas on Tuesday and Grand Turk on Wednesday. According to Princess spokesperson Karen Candy, instead Caribbean Princess will visit Grand Turk on Monday and avoid its other two port calls completely. It will spend a day at sea on Tuesday, and call at Nassau on Wednesday and Port Canaveral on Thursday.
Weather Outlook: Next Affected Ships & Ports
Ships from several major cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean and Carnival, are currently in the Caribbean. So far, Royal Caribbean has told us that no changes have yet been made to any itineraries and Carnival has said that they are closely monitoring the path of the storm.
Stay tuned. We'll be posting changes as they become available.
--by Kim Kazell, Assistant Editor
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Tropical Storm Ana Impacts Cruise Itinerary
August 15, 2009