Hawaii and The Earthquake: This Just In

October 16, 2006

Live Report from Pride of Hawaii; 6 A.M. Update

Earthquake in Hawaii -- Impact on Cruises Unknown

Pride of Aloha Departure Delayed

(4 p.m.) -- Norwegian Cruise Line tells us that Pride of Aloha, which had been delayed in Honolulu, as a result of the impact of yesterday's earthquake on incoming and outgoing travel, will depart this evening at 8 p.m. (Hawaii time). The ship, which was supposed to debark yesterday, basically functioned as a floating hotel for folks whose flights were canceled (and also accommodated those who were already in Hawaii and ready to begin their cruises). The airport has since been reopened.

As a result of the unexpected overnight, Pride of Aloha's planned call at Kona today was canceled. But that's just as well as Kona, on the "Big Island" of Hawaii, was closest to the 6.6 tremor, and has suffered the most damage. In fact, Kona's port is currently closed to all cruise traffic until damages are assessed and necessary repairs are made.

NCL, the most prominent operator in Hawaii, also notes that the rest of Pride of Aloha's schedule will continue as planned.

At this point, Pride of Hawaii, which arrived on schedule at Honolulu for its turnaround this morning, will sail as planned tonight at 8 p.m. NCL's announcement notes that passengers whose flights are late enough to cause them to miss the ship in Honolulu should fly to Nawiliwili, on Kauai. Pride of Hawaii will call there on Tuesday and Wednesday. At this point, no itinerary alternations have been announced.

Cruise Critic's Melissa Baldwin, who debarked from Pride of Hawaii this morning, reports from her shore excursion tour of Pearl Harbor, (it's open) saying that life on Oahu is pretty much back to normal, save for the occasional traffic light outage. She's been told that all flights are back on schedule, including her evening plane to New York.

Itineraries for Norwegian Wind and Pride of America have not been changed, either.

Holland America's Zaandam and Princess Cruises' Island Princess are reportedly sailing in the region; well update you with any impact on those cruises when the info is received.

--by Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor