Dean Update: Cruise Lines Replacing Costa Maya on Caribbean Trips

August 29, 2007
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(4:30 p.m.) -- Now that developers of Costa Maya have confirmed that it will take a minimum of six months to rebuild the day resort (it, along with the nearby village of Majahual, took a major hit from Category 5 Hurricane Dean on Tuesday), cruise lines are beginning to weigh in on Western Caribbean itinerary changes. We'll continue to update itinerary changes as we receive them.

Update! Holland America
Holland America spokesman Erik Elvejord tells Cruise Critic that the line is "operating on the assumption that Costa Maya will not be available until fall 2008." As a result, passengers onboard Veendam sailings this fall, winter and spring will go to Cozumel instead. HAL has also replaced Costa Maya with Cozumel on five Westerdam voyages, and on one Amsterdam sailing (a 14-night Christmas cruise).

Update! Carnival
Carnival has just released the following updates:

Carnival Legend, August 26 departure from Tampa. The ship will visit Key West, Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. The original itinerary was Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Belize and Costa Maya. On Legend's September 2 departure from Tampa, the ship will visit Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Belize and Roatan (the replacement for Costa Maya).

Carnival Valor, September 2 seven-night cruise departuring from Miami. The ship will stop in Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize and Cozumel (instead of Costa Maya as originally scheduled).

Carnival Fantasy five-night cruises roundtrip New Orleans, August 25 departure and thereafter. In effect until further notice, the ship will visit Progreso and Cozumel (instead of Costa Maya and Cozumel) on its five-night voyages. Four-night cruises stopping in Cozumel remain unchanged.

Holiday, September 1 departure from Mobile. The ship will visit Progreso and Cozumel; the original itinerary had scheduled stops in Costa Maya and Cozumel.

Carnival Glory August 25 departure from Port Canaveral. The ship will visit Key West, Cozumel, Progreso and Nassau instead of Cozumel, Belize, Costa Maya and Nassau as first scheduled.

Royal Caribbean
Enchantment of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas, Rhapsody of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas all have Costa Maya stops scheduled on Western Caribbean cruises in the coming weeks and months. The first Royal Caribbean ship set to return is Rhapsody of the Seas, departing Saturday, August 26 out of Galveston on a seven-night Western Caribbean cruise. Rhapsody will now call in Cozumel, Roatan, Playa del Carmen (instead of Costa Maya) and Progreso. We were just touch with Royal Caribbean, and they're still in the process of determining a more long-term plan for port swapping. We'll let you know as soon as we hear. Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line tells us that the Norwegian Sun is the first NCL ship of the "season" to call at Costa Maya in October; it has not yet announced a replacement port.

Crystal Symphony is scheduled to visit Costa Maya on a November 24 sailing. We're awaiting word from the line on changes.

Regent Seven Seas
Meanwhile, seeming truly optimistic is Regent Seven Seas Cruises. That luxury line, which doesn't have a port call scheduled for Costa Maya until November when Seven Seas Navigator cruises a Western Caribbean itinerary, tells us that no changes have been made yet.

--by Dan Askin, Assistant Editor