Will Tropical Storm Chantal Rain Out Canada Cruises?

July 31, 2007

Tropical Storm Chantal, the third named storm of the Atlantic season, formed today between Bermuda and Massachusetts. Chantal is currently located 305 miles south of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The good news for Canada/New England cruisers is that the storm is expected to be short lived, according to forecasters -- but based on its northeasterly course, it could still dump heavy rain on Canada and is expected to reach Newfoundland late Wednesday or early Thursday.

The port of St. John's in Newfoundland is not expecting a major cruise ship in until Peter Deilmann's Deutschland visits on August 26. However, a shift in direction could drench other popular ports such as Halifax and Saint John, New Brunswick. No itinerary changes are anticipated at this point.

Elsewhere, forecasters are keeping an eye on another system east of the southern Windward Islands that has the potential to become a tropical depression over the next few days, which could affect the Caribbean.

We'll keep you posted.

--by Melissa Baldwin, Managing Editor