September 25, 2002
Tropical Storm Isidore is now some 300 miles from the Louisiana coast -- with winds spinning at about 60 m.p.h. and moving at a perky 13 m.p.h. pace -- and cruise lines continue to tinker, in minor ways, with itineraries. Otherwise, they report no significant alterations as a result of the storm. Carnival, which occasionally operates out of ports likely to be affected, such as Mobile and New Orleans, is sailing, largely as scheduled this weekend, from Tampa, Miami and Galveston instead. That's except for Holiday, which departed on a five day itinerary from New Orleans on Monday. So far Holiday has been far removed from the storm -- visiting regularly scheduled ports of Cozumel and Playa del Carmen -- and is not due back into New Orleans until Saturday. We'll keep you posted if a significant change is made. Tropical Storm Lili continues to lose power in the eastern Caribbean; winds are now down to 45 m.p.h. It's headed toward Cuba and the Dominican Republic. Carnival reports one minor itinerary change. Paradise, currently on an 11-day southern Caribbean voyage, replaced a stop at Curacao with Cartagena.