(Noon EDT) -- Hurricane Rick, still a very dangerous Category Five storm with maximum sustained winds near 175 miles per hour, continues to blow through the Pacific.
According to the National Hurricane Center's 8 a.m. PDT (11 a.m. EDT) update, Rick is located some 500 miles south-southeast of the popular cruise port of Cabo San Lucas. Some slow weakening is expected over the next day or two. The NHC's five-day forecast (pictured right) has Rick making landfall over the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula by Wednesday.
With previously recorded wind speeds of 180 miles per hour, Rick is the second strongest Eastern Pacific storm on record after 1997's Hurricane Linda, which had winds recorded a 185 mph.
Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes
No itinerary changes have been reported at this time.
Weather Outlook: Next Affected Ships & Ports
A number of ships are currently sailing Mexican Riviera cruises. Silversea Cruises' Silver Shadow is scheduled to visit Acapulco today, October 18. Holland America's Veendam, Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas, NCL's Norwegian Star and Norwegian Sun are scheduled to visit cruise ports in the region, including Manzanillo, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas, on Monday and Tuesday.
Spokespersons for Carnival, NCL, Holland America and Royal Caribbean said there are no changes yet to report. Representatives from Silversea have yet to respond to several e-mail and phone requests, made yesterday and this morning, for information.
--by Dan Askin, Associate Editor
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Dangerous Hurricane Rick Still Looming in Pacific; No Cruise Impact Yet
October 18, 2009