Sovereign of the Seas Latest To Head to Port Everglades

September 9, 2005

While Tropical Storm Ophelia continues to dither about its direction and status (the storm attained hurricane speed winds briefly last night), Port Canaveral's embarkations and debarkations continue to be disrupted. The latest is Royal Caribbean's Sovereign of the Seas. Today is a turnaround day for that ship -- and it will instead go to Ft. Lauderdale's Port Everglades. Those folks who are slated to leave the ship today will be transported by Royal Caribbean to Port Everglades and the Orlando airport; Royal Caribbean will also transfer those arriving today.

Since the ship is expected to return to its original homeport after today's sailing, passengers arriving by car today are strongly advised to park at Port Canaveral and not to drive to Ft. Lauderdale.

Sovereign of the Seas will depart later than usual tonight -- 10 p.m. -- to allow extra time for folks to get to the ship.

In other news reported yesterday, Ophelia's disturbances at Port Canaveral included the repositioning of Disney Wonder and Carnival's Fantasy; both went to Port Everglades. Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas, on its way back to Baltimore, skipped a port of call at Port Canaveral and spent the day at sea, and Norwegian Dawn swapped Great Stirrup Cay for Nassau.

As we approach the weekend, the possibility of other reroutings is strong; stay tuned for any additional changes.