Hurricane Dean Pounds Caribbean

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(8:15 a.m.) -- Hurricane Dean, which achieved hurricane strength overnight, has passed by Barbados and is pounding Martinique. The storm's winds have remained steady at about 100 miles per hour. Hurricane Dean is a Category Two storm.

Forecasters say that Hurricane Dean, which continues to move at a steady clip of 23 m.p.h., will head west. Jamaica, Cozumel, the Yucatan Peninsula and Grand Cayman could be affected next.

Carnival has already altered itineraries on two ships sailing in the Caribbean this week. The San Juan-based Carnival Destiny will still visit St. Lucia today, but will bypass Antigua and swap sea days. That means tomorrow the ship will chug its way north to Tortola, its new Friday port of call. The cruise will wind up in San Juan on Sunday as scheduled.

Changes for folks traveling on New York-based Carnival Miracle, which departed yesterday, are a bit more drastic. Instead of a nine-night Caribbean cruise, Carnival Miracle will now sail a nine-night Bahamas/Turks and Caicos itinerary. Stops at St. Thomas, San Juan and Tortola will be replaced by ports such as Nassau and Grand Turk. Carnival Miracle also will pay a visit to Half Moon Cay, the private island owned by Holland America.

Royal Caribbean, which also has ships sailing in the Caribbean this summer, reports no changes to itineraries as yet.

We will continue to keep an eye out for impact on other cruise schedules for this weekend as well as reports of damage on the islands should that occur.

We'll keep you posted.

--by Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor