Tropical Storm Paul Nears Mexico's Baja; Cruises Affected

October 24, 2006

Weaker Hurricane Paul Maintains Path to Baja

(4 p.m.) -- Just when we thought hurricane season was winding down, Tropical Storm Paul is nearing Mexico's Baja California peninsula -- and cruise lines are scrambling to alter Mexican Riviera itineraries.


Carnival Pride will call at Ensenada tomorrow in place of Puerto Vallarta; remain at sea on Thursday in lieu of a call at Mazatlan; skip Cabo San Lucas on Friday and instead head to San Diego; and replace a sea day Saturday with a call at Catalina.

Carnival Spirit will remain at sea tomorrow instead of calling at Manzanillo.

Holland America

Oosterdam missed a call at Mazatlan today but will otherwise sail as scheduled.

Zaandam is scheduled to call at Mazatlan on Thursday; a spokesman for the line tells us they will subtitute a port or add a sea day if necessary, but nothing is set in stone.

Royal Caribbean

Vision of the Seas will not call at Cabo San Lucas today or Mazatlan tomorrow. Instead, the ship will make a port call in Manzanillo Wednesday, and continue from there with its scheduled itinerary.

Paul was downgraded from a Category One hurricane earlier today; maximum sustained winds are currently clocking in at around 65 miles per hour -- and further weakening is likely over the next 24 hours.

A hurricane warning for Baja California, including the port of La Paz, has been downgraded to a tropical storm warning. Tropical storm watches have been added for the west coast of mainland Mexico, including Mazatlan, another Mexican Riviera cruise stop.

Forecast models show the storm passing near the peninsula tomorrow and hitting mainland Mexico on Thursday. At 11 a.m. PST, Hurricane Paul was located about 245 miles south-southwest of Cabo San Lucas and about 405 miles southwest of Mazatlan.

We'll keep you posted.