September 23, 2019
(7:40 a.m. EDT) -- Although it's been downgraded from hurricane status, Tropical Storm Jerry is still forcing cruise lines to alter itineraries as it heads toward Bermuda.
The forecast from the National Hurricane Center notes that while the storm has weakened, there is still a risk of "tropical storm force winds" to Bermuda, passing by the island Tuesday September 24 and Wednesday September 25. The island is still recovering Hurricane Humberto.
Here are the itinerary changes released by cruise lines so far:
Carnival Breeze, which departed Port Canaveral on Saturday September 21, will no longer visit Bermuda. Instead, the ship will sail to San Juan, Amber Cove and Grand Turk.
Carnival Sunshine, which departed on Sunday September 22 from Charleston, will visit Princess Cays and have an overnight in Nassau, as opposed to spending two days in Bermuda.
The line is also monitoring the storms to see if changes need to be made to Carnival Horizon and Carnival Elation sailings in the Eastern Caribbean.
Disney Fantasy, which was scheduled to visit St. Thomas and Tortola on its September 21 cruise, will instead sail to the Western Caribbean in order to avoid rough water and wind. (Tropical storm-force winds extend outward from the center of the storm for up to 80 miles.)
The line issued a statement Thursday morning, while Jerry was still a tropical storm.
"We have been closely monitoring Tropical Storm Jerry. Based on the storm's forecast track and the possible impact to the Eastern Caribbean over the next few days, we have made the decision to change the Disney Fantasy, September 21, itinerary to visit ports in the Western Caribbean. Instead of visiting Tortola and St. Thomas, the ship will now visit Cozumel, Mexico on Monday; George Town, Grand Cayman on Tuesday; Falmouth, Jamaica on Wednesday; and Castaway Cay on Friday."
Anthem of the Seas, which departed New York on September 22, will call at Bermuda as scheduled today, September 23, however the ship will depart early and no longer overnight there. The ship will now spend September 24 at sea.
Serenade of the Seas, which was scheduled to spend Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in Bermuda, is now planning to be there only on the last two days. The revised itinerary calls for the ship to go to Portland, Maine, on Monday September 23, followed by two sea days.
Cruise Critic will continue to update as information becomes available.