Jeanne Moving Away From Bahamas; Impact on Cruises Minimal

August 22, 2004

(Sept. 20, 11:30 a.m.) -- Jeanne, the latest storm to threaten the Eastern Caribbean, has spared the Bahamas and is moving away from land; the government of the Bahamas discontinued all watches and warnings as of 6 a.m. yesterday morning. The National Hurricane Center reports that the storm poses "no immediate threat to any land areas" and is drifting to the north/northeast at about seven miles per hour.

Jeanne moved through the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, wavering between tropical storm and hurricane status -- though at this point its 65-m.p.h sustained winds put it in the tropical storm category. Most reported damage (at least as far as tourist visits are concerned) was minor, and cruise ports reopened soon after Jeanne departed.

There are two new storm systems forming in the Atlantic: Hurricane Karl and Tropical Storm Lisa (which may reach hurricane status as early as tomorrow). However, both are too far from land to pose an immediate threat. Cruise lines have not yet altered itineraries in regard to either of these storms, forecasted to avoid land for at least the next few days.

Previously reported itinerary changes:

Princess Cruises' Caribbean Princess, slated to depart Port Everglades yesterday for a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise departed instead on a Western Caribbean itinerary. The ship will call at Nassau, Ocho Rios and Cozumel.

Other changes that have been announced -- cancelled visits to private islands, across the board -- are a result of Hurricane Frances and not Tropical Storm Jeanne.

Stay tuned.