Wind, Rough Seas Close Grand Cayman

November 22, 2006

As rain and wind head to the Northeast just in time for Thanksgiving, the Caribbean is experiencing some not-so-nice weather as well. In fact, Grand Cayman's cruise port was closed to ship traffic today due to high winds and rough seas. Because passengers are tendered to the port (ships are required to anchor in the harbor), weather conditions sometimes necessitate last-minute closures.

Six ships were expected to dock today, and have made alternate plans. I'm currently onboard Freedom of the Seas -- we spent the day at sea, and stayed docked in Cozumel last night an extra six hours. Otherwise:

Radiance of the Seas likely added another sea day to its itinerary as well, according to Freedom of the Seas' concierge; that ship will join Freedom in Montego Bay tomorrow.

Carnival's Inspiration called at Progreso today instead of Grand Cayman.

Carnival's Imagination was at sea, but swapped a scheduled sea day yesterday for a call at Nassau.

CostaMagica was at sea as of 4 p.m. according to the cruise line's Web site's Web cam; we haven't received official word from Costa on itinerary changes.

Norwegian Majesty was docked somewhere today according to's Web cam; our request for additional information was not immediately fulfilled.

We'll keep you posted.

--by Melissa Baldwin, Senior Editor