Hurricane Dean Spares Caymans; Heads Toward Mexico's Yucatan

August 20, 2007

Hurricane Dean Pounds Caribbean

Tropical Storm Dean Speeds Up

Hurricane Dean Itinerary Roundup

(12:15 p.m.) -- Hurricane Dean, still spinning at a dangerous 150 miles per hour, is still a Category Four storm -- but not by much (winds topping 155 m.p.h. received the Category Five designation).

The storm has now passed by Jamaica and has spared the Caymans, passing further offshore than had been predicted. Check here for our frequent updates of storm damage impact on Caribbean islands, such as Barbados, St. Lucia, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and more.

For cruise travelers whose near-term plans include itineraries that call at places like Cozumel, Cancun, Costa Maya, and Belize, the storm could wreak havoc. And we will of course keep you posted on everything from itinerary changes to island damage updates.

Check back later today for updates. In the meantime, here are previously announced itinerary changes:
Princess Cruises

Caribbean Princess, due to sail a Western Caribbean itinerary from Ft. Lauderdale on Sunday, has swapped regions and will now call at ports in the Eastern Caribbean. The schedule calls for a stop at Princess Cays on Monday; at sea on Tuesday; St. Maarten, Wednesday; St. Thomas, Thursday and sea days on Friday and Saturday before returning to Ft. Lauderdale.

Carnival Cruise Lines

Carnival Destiny, departed from San Juan on August 12. Instead of visiting Antigua today (August 17) as originally scheduled, the ship will spend a sea day chugging north to Tortola, where it will arrive on Saturday for a 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. call. Carnival Destiny will then return to San Juan on August 19 as scheduled.

Carnival Miracle, departed from New York on August 15. Originally scheduled to call on August 18 in San Juan, August 19 in St. Thomas and August 20 in Tortola, the ship will now stop in Grand Turk from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on August 18, in Half Moon Cay from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on August 19, and Nassau from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on August 20.

Carnival Triumph, August 18 departure from Miami. The ship will visit San Juan, St. Thomas, Half Moon Cay and Nassau instead of Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Jamaica (Ocho Rios) as first scheduled.

Carnival Imagination, August 18 departure from Miami. The ship will visit Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Nassau. The original itinerary was Grand Cayman and Jamaica (Ocho Rios).

Carnival Inspiration, August 18 departure from Miami. The ship will visit Nassau and Freeport instead of Grand Cayman and Calica.

Holiday, August 18 departure from Mobile. Freeport and Key West have replaced the original itinerary of Costa Maya and Cozumel.

Carnival Legend, August 19 departure from Tampa. The ship will visit Key West, Nassau, Half Moon Cay and Grand Turk. The original itinerary was Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Belize and Costa Maya.

Carnival Valor, August 19 departure from Miami. The ship will visit Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Maarten instead of Grand Cayman, Isla Roatan, Belize and Costa Maya as originally scheduled.

Carnival Conquest, August 19 departure from Galveston. The ship will still call at Grand Cayman and Cozumel as scheduled but will bypass Montego Bay.

Carnival Fantasy, August 20 departure from New Orleans. The ship will visit Key West (instead of Costa Maya) and Cozumel.

Carnival Fascination, August 20 departure from Miami. The ship will visit Key West and Nassau (instead of Calica).

Carnival Ecstasy, August 20 departure from Galveston. The ship will visit Cozumel as scheduled, but will not be visiting Progeso as originally planned.

Royal Caribbean

Enchantment of the Seas will depart from Ft. Lauderdale's Port Everglades on Saturday -- as scheduled -- but the itinerary has been revised. The ship will call at Labadee, Haiti on Monday and Nassau on Wednesday before returning to Port Everglades on Thursday as planned.

The Galveston-based Rhapsody of the Seas will still depart on Sunday, but its itinerary is modified. It will call at Key West on Tuesday, Grand Cayman on Thursday and Cozumel on Friday before returning to Galveston.

Editor's Note: As the storm relates to this cruise in particular, there could be more changes based on disruption and damage caused by Dean; stay tuned.

So far, there are no changes to Freedom of the Seas' Western Caribbean cruise, departing from Miami on Sunday. But -- as with Rhapsody of the Seas' planned itinerary -- this could change.

Other cruise lines offering Caribbean voyages this weekend include NCL and Disney; so far none have posted any changes. We'll update frequently, as necessary, so stay tuned.

--by Dan Askin, Assistant Editor; Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief; and Erica Sapio