November 4, 2001
Nov. 4 -- Hurricane Michelle, quite a late-season storm, is headed for the Florida Keys and the Bahamas -- at least as of Sunday evening -- according to weather forecasters. The hurricane, which Sunday night rated a Category 4 status, with winds in the 125 m.p.h. region, was hammering Cuba -- but is also losing some power. It’s expected to sweep across the Florida Keys early Monday and then Nassau around midday before moving out to sea (and, possibly, in the vicinity of Bermuda). The storm is expected to weaken to category two or three status. Cruises most likely to experience any kind of irregularities fall into the three-to-five day long category and most likely depart Monday or Tuesday out of Florida. Both Carnival and Royal Caribbean said Sunday evening that all cruises are operating but arrivals and departures, particularly in South Florida ports such as Port Everglades (Ft. Lauderdale) and Miami will be delayed (hours not days). Those with itineraries that call in at Bahamas ports and Key West will likely be altered this week. We’ll keep you apprised as conditions change.