Ports Schedule Reopenings as Ernesto Weakens

August 31, 2006
Ernesto Strengthens Again; Cruises Impacted

(1:40 p.m.) -- After teetering between Category One hurricane and tropical storm status earlier this week, Ernesto has now been demoted to a tropical depression.

The storm is moving north toward Cape Fear, North Carolina, and tropical storm warnings have been called for the area. Currently, Ernesto is 55 miles west-southwest of West Palm Beach.

Plans for reopening Florida's cruise ports have already begun:

Jacksonville: remains open.

Miami: As reported by news sources, Miami's port is likely to reopen tomorrow morning.

Port Canaveral: will reopen tomorrow morning

Port Everglades/Ft. Lauderdale: As reported by news sources, Port Everglades may reopen this afternoon.

Tampa: Located on the Western side of Florida, Tampa's port has not been affected by Ernesto.

At this point, Royal Caribbean and Carnival itineraries are affected; click here for details. This weekend, departures from Florida should sail as planned and cruise ports should operate as normal, as the storm moves north up the East Coast.

Check back often for updates.