(7:30 a.m. EDT) -- Hurricane Arthur has forced one cruise ship itinerary change -- Carnival Splendor -- as it makes its way up the East Coast of the US. The Carnival cruise ship will call in at Bermuda rather than St John tomorrow (July 5th).
The first hurricane of the season is causing widespread rain and wind speeds of up to 100 mph from North Carolina to the Virginia border, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The NHA has issued a Tropical Storm warning from the Virginia border northwards to Cape Cod and the Canada border, where the storm is expected to dissipate.
Carnival Splendor is on a 4-day cruise from New York and is at sea today, calling in at Bermuda tomorrow, then at sea before returning to New York on Monday.
The decision to change port does not seem to have bothered Cruise Critic members unduly. Ascott318 wrote on the Message Boards: "On Splendor now, was announced we are not making our stop to St John, Canada. They are taking us to Bermuda instead."
Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line are all monitoring the situation, but have not put in place any itinerary changes.
--By Adam Coulter, UK Editor