Tweet Update, October 1, 12:10 p.m. EDT -- Although flooding throughout the East Coast has killed four people and made commuting a nightmare, cruise lines are reporting that today's East Coast port calls are taking place as scheduled. This will be our last update on the former tropical storm Nicole.
(September 30, 11:59 a.m. EDT) -- Nicole, the 14th named storm of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, dissipated yesterday over the Straits of Florida -- but a strong non-tropical system is expected to bring heavy rains, flooding, high winds, isolated tornadoes and power outages to the U.S. East Coast, according to The Weather Channel. Conditions have prompted Royal Caribbean, Carnival and NCL to alter itineraries.
The National Hurricane Center is no longer issuing updates on the remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole. However, The Weather Channel reports that the storm has already brought power outages to the Carolinas and heavy rains that slowed this morning's rush hour commute in Washington, D.C.
Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes
Majesty of the Seas will not go to CocoCay today. Instead, the ship will stay in Nassau overnight until 5 p.m., before finishing its cruise in Miami on Friday morning as originally scheduled.
Norwegian Sky is skipping its call today in Great Stirrup Cay, NCL's private island. The ship instead stayed in Nassau overnight, and will leave later today for Miami, where it will end the current cruise as originally planned.
Carnival Fascination, which called in Nassau instead of Key West yesterday, will remain in Nassau today and then return to Jacksonville as planned on Saturday.
Carnival Conquest canceled yesterday's and today's calls in Jamaica and Grand Cayman due to rough seas. Carnival is offering passengers a 20 percent discount on a future cruise, a 90-minute cocktail party, and a credit to their onboard account in the amount of the government taxes and fees paid.
Weather Outlook: Next Affected Ships & Ports
The East Coast from the Carolinas through Maine should be prepared for bad weather, including rain and flooding, through the end of the week. We have not heard about any changes to East Coast departures or port calls but stay tuned.
--by Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor
Update: Remnant of Nicole Brings Rain to East Coast, More Cruise Itinerary Changes
October 1, 2010