Tropical Storm Beryl Approaches Northeast; Impact on Itineraries Minor

July 20, 2006

(11 p.m.) -- Tropical Storm Beryl, the second named storm of the (so far) quiet season, is traveling northbound along the Atlantic seaboard.

At this time, only Carnival is reporting a weather-related itinerary change: On its current Canada/New England cruise (which departed New York today), Carnival Victory will call at Saint John, New Brunswick, instead of Halifax, which is further east and closer to the path of the storm. Other cruise lines with ships traveling to or from Northeast homeports -- including Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Holland America and NCL -- have not yet reported changes in itineraries or routes due to Beryl.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for southeastern Massachusetts from Plymouth to Woods Hole, including Cape Cod, Nantucket Island and Martha's Vineyard. Maximum sustained winds have dropped from 60 to 50 miles per hour; a tropical storm becomes a hurricane once wind speed reaches 74 m.p.h.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for areas of Connecticut, Long Island and Massachusetts; a tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within 36 hours.

Cruise Critic will be monitoring conditions and posting any itinerary updates as they are announced, so check back often.