(8 p.m. EDT) -- According to AccuWeather.com, tar balls -- pieces of the Gulf oil slick that have broken off -- are beginning to enter the Gulf Stream and could loop up over the next few weeks to reach the shores of the Bahamas and South Florida, both popular spots for cruise calls and turnarounds.
So far this month, tar balls from the Gulf oil spill have reached Alabama as well as beaches near Pensacola, Florida, near the cruise ports of New Orleans, Mobile and Tampa.
Which ports and ships could be affected?
We're keeping a close eye on ships that call on Nassau and Freeport in the Bahamas, as well as those that turn around regularly in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Port Canaveral, Mobile, New Orleans and Tampa. Lines include Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess and Disney.
What's the cruise impact?
Spokespersons for all of the above-mentioned lines have said that no itinerary changes have been made though they continue to monitor the situation.
What should I do?
There is no cruise impact at this time; stay tuned.
--by Melissa Paloti, Managing Editor