Tropical Storm Chris Affects Caribbean Cruises

August 2, 2006
(9:45 a.m.) -- The third named storm of the season, Tropical Storm Chris, is skirting the northern Leeward Islands.

A tropical storm warning is still in effect for several cruise stops, including Anguilla, St. Martin and St. Maarten, as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; a tropical storm warning means tropical storm conditions are possible within the next 12 to 24 hours.

As a result of the storm, Royal Caribbean is reporting two itinerary changes. Navigator of the Seas, which sails from Miami, will not call at St. Maarten today; instead, the ship will spend a day at sea, and make its call at Nassau in the Bahamas one day earlier than scheduled. Explorer of the Seas, also based in Miami, will skip calls in San Juan and Labadee this week; the ship will spend the day at sea today, and make a call at Nassau on Thursday.

At this point, maximum sustained winds have increased to near 65 miles to per hour, and could become a hurricane later today or early Thursday; according to Reuters, the storm could head for the Gulf of Mexico later this week.

We'll keep you posted.