(2:21 p.m. EDT) – With two hurricanes, Iselle and Julio, bearing down on the Hawaiian Islands, the lone cruise operator in the region, Norwegian Cruise Line, is altering the schedule for Pride of America in order to avoid the storms.
The ship will depart Nawiliwili, Kauai today at 7 p.m. local time and spend the day at sea tomorrow. Normally the ship stays in Kauai for most of the day on a Friday.
At press time, Norwegian anticipates Pride of America's August 9 sailing from Honolulu will take place as scheduled, according to spokeswoman Vanessa Picariello.
Should either of the two hurricanes hit one of the Hawaiian Islands, it would be the first time in 22 years that a hurricane makes landfall in the state. Hurricane Iselle is expected to bring heavy rains and wind gusts of up to 90 mph to Hilo, before spreading to Maui on Thursday night, and Oahu and Kauai on Friday. Hurricane Julio is right behind Iselle, packing wind speeds of up to 100 mph. The Big Island is under a hurricane warning, while Maui, Oahu and Kauai are under tropical storm watches.
--By Dori Saltzman, News Editor