As the mighty Hurricane Isabel – a still-scary category four hurricane – moves closer to eastern shores, specifically the coast of the Mid-Atlantic -- cruise lines with ships slated to call and/or embark/disembark passengers are watching closely. In particular, the ports to watch are Norfolk, Baltimore, Philadelphia and, down the road, New York City.
At this point Radisson Seven Seas is the first to report in though without much news. The company’s Seven Seas Navigator, sailing a Bermuda itinerary, and which has already altered its schedule twice this season as a result of Hurricane Fabian, is scheduled to call at both Norfolk and New York. However, Paul Goodwin, the company’s vice president of pricing and planning, says: "As it stands right now, we will call at Norfolk tomorrow and New York on Wednesday as originally scheduled. Our departure on Wednesday continues to be for Bermuda, but this remains contingent upon the tracking and speed of Hurricane Isabel. As the five day forecast covers a significant portion of the US Northeast, it is impossible at this stage to make any commitment on what itinerary we will operate this week.”
We’ll keep you posted on cruise line changes as they occur.