|Carnival Cruise Line, in a preemptive nod to Hurricane Isabel, currently spinning at 145 miles per hour (a Category four) and about 650 miles east/northeast of the Caribbean's Leeward Islands, is already rescheduling some itineraries for this week (and weekend).|
Carnival Legend, originally slated to depart yesterday from New York for an eight-night Caribbean (calling at San Juan, St. Thomas and Tortola) is instead heading to Key West, Nassau and Freeport.
Carnival Triumph, which was intended to depart Miami on September 13 on an Eastern Caribbean swing, will instead head west, with ports of call that include Cozumel, Grand Caymen and Ocho Rios. And Paradise's planned September 14 voyage to Eastern Caribbean haunts such as the Dominican Republic's Casa de Campo, Nassau and St. Thomas will now visit Belize, Isla Roatan, Grand Cayman and Cozumel.
No other itineraries, according to Carnival's statement, are impacted at this point. According to storm forecasters, the hurricane – and conditions can change abruptly – looks like it's headed north of the northern Leeward Islands and towards the southeastern Bahamian islands. Landfall could occur late this weekend. Cruise Critic's news crew will be on hand all weekend long to provide updates, so stay tuned.
In the meantime, folks who've booked Bermuda cruises on Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity ships that depart this weekend are still anxiously awaiting word on whether they should pack for sun-n-fun or (brrrrhhh!) autumn in New England. So far none of the three major Bermuda players have announced their plans; a decision is expected later today or, at latest, early tomorrow. The island is rapidly cleaning up from its bout with last week's Hurricane Fabian.
We'll keep you posted.