In cautious mode, both Celebrity Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line are moving ships out of Bermuda early this week to avoid high winds swirling around the edge of Hurricane Fabian. The storm, which as of 11 a.m. this morning was churning at 120 m.p.h. (having dropped from a category four to a category three), is about 500 miles south of Bermuda. It is anticipated, though of course not guaranteed, that the storm will brush the western portion of the island on Friday evening.
As a result, Celebrity has asked its ships there – Horizon and Zenith – to depart earlier than usual. Folks on Zenith, slated to depart this afternoon from St. Georges, got gypped out of a last day there – the ship left this morning at 7 a.m. Horizon will stay docked at Hamilton until 5 p.m. today – then depart (usually the ship leaves Bermuda on Fridays in mid-afternoon). Both ships will arrive at debarkation ports (New York and Philadelphia respectively) as planned.
NCL reports that Norwegian Majesty, which sails Bermuda itineraries from its Boston homeport, was scheduled to leave St. George’s Friday at noon. Instead, the ship departed at 8 a.m. this morning. Norwegian Sea, which sails from New York and was slated to depart from King’s Wharf Friday at noon, will head home at 5:30 p.m. this afternoon. Passengers get an extra day at sea (NCL is not adding a new port) and ships are anticipated to return to debarkation on schedule.
In all cases, passengers will simply get extra time at sea (no new ports of call have been added as all cruises are pretty much over).