Tweet (12:52 p.m. EDT) -- Paula, the sixteenth named storm of the active 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season, has weakened to a remnant low as it traveled along Cuba's coast. This will be our last update on this storm.
In its latest update, the National Hurricane Center reports that Paula is currently located about 20 miles north of Caibarien, Cuba. Maximum sustained winds have slowed to about 25 miles per hour. The remnant low will continue moving to the east until the storm dissipates entirely.
Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes
Carnival Cruise Lines tweaked itineraries for Carnival Legend, Carnival Valor and Carnival Destiny.
Carnival Destiny has rearranged the order of its port calls to stay away from the storm. It will be at sea Friday, in Cozumel on Saturday and in Key West on Sunday.
Carnival Valor, which was in Grand Cayman on Tuesday, headed east to say out of Paula's path. The revised itinerary includes stops in Ocho Rios (Wednesday) and Nassau (Friday). The original voyage called for stops in Roatan, Belize and Cozumel.
Carnival Legend, which was in Grand Cayman on Tuesday, altered its original itinerary, which called for stops in Cozumel (Wednesday), Roatan (Thursday) and Belize (Friday). The ship will now call in Ocho Rios on Thursday (a three-for-one trade).
Carnival Conquest was scheduled for a revised itinerary featuring a call in Key West today, but it has reverted to its original itinerary, visiting Grand Cayman yesterday and Cozumel today.
Holland America has altered the itinerary for Ryndam due to the expected effects from Hurricane Paula. The ship is no longer calling in Belize City, Roatan or Costa Maya as originally planned. The revised itinerary includes visits to Half Moon Cay (HAL's private resort island) on Wednesday and Grand Turk on Thursday.
Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Solstice is sailing a modified itinerary. Instead of visiting Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Costa Maya and Roatan as originally planned, Solstice is stopping in Grand Cayman, Montego Bay, Labadee (sister line Royal Caribbean's private beach resort in Haiti) and Nassau.
Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line declined to make any itinerary changes.
Weather Outlook: Next Affected Ships & Ports
All coastal watches and warnings have been discontinued. However, the remnants of Paula could bring additional rainfall to central Cuba and the central Bahamas through Saturday.
--by Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor
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Paula Weakens to a Remnant Low, No More Cruise Ships Impacted
October 15, 2010