Hurricane Tracker -- Tropical Storms Pack Double Punch

August 11, 2004

Carnival Cruise Lines is the first to weigh in with changes to cruise itineraries this week as a result of the development of two tropical storms -- Bonnie and Charley. Both, particularly Charley, are impacting Western Caribbean itineraries. Carnival Triumph, for instance, will bypass its planned call this week at Ocho Rios (and go to Nassau instead). Paradise is replacing Grand Cayman with Nassau. And Carnival Conquest will go to Progreso instead of Ocho Rios.

Royal Caribbean also reports it is changing some itineraries: Rhapsody of the Seas will call on Costa Maya, Mexico this Thursday instead of Georgetown, Grand Cayman
and Majesty of the Seas will visit Freeport, Bahamas this Thursday instead of Key West.

At this point, Tropical Storm Bonnie, swirling around the Gulf of Mexico, is the lesser worry. Its winds are in the 50-miles-per-hour range and it's moving slowly toward the mouth of the Mississippi. It is expected to turn northeast toward Panama City later on today and could impact cruises in that region on Thursday and Friday.

Aiming for the Florida Keys, Tropical Storm Charley is on a path to becoming at least a Category One hurricane according to The Weather Channel. At this point, Jamaica is under tropical storm warning and the Cayman Islands are under a hurricane warning. A hurricane watch has been issued for the Florida Keys.

Stay tuned -- we'll keep you posted about additional itinerary alterations.