Updated: Tropical Storm Fay Forces Cruise Lines to Adjust Itineraries

August 23, 2008

Tropical Storm Fay is still causing havoc in Florida, even as it moves west toward Alabama and Mississippi.


On Sunday, August 24, Carnival Sensation will debark in Ft. Lauderdale instead of Port Canaveral.

Carnival Sensation will then reposition from Port Everglades to Port Canaveral for its next sailing. After debarking passengers, it will mosey on up to Port Canaveral. But as a result of the debark in Ft. Lauderdale, the ship will begin embarking its Sunday passengers, headed out on a four night Bahamas cruise, later than planned. Carnival says that the ship will arrive at Port Canaveral at about 8:30 p.m. and begin boarding at about 9:30 p.m.

Because of the later boarding, Carnival Sensation's itinerary has been changed and its scheduled stop in Freeport has been moved to Wednesday, August 27.

Due to the continued closure of Port Canaveral, Carnival Sensation's current cruise will end in Ft. Lauderdale on August 21. Carnival will provide free transportation from Port Everglades to the Orlando airport or the Port Canaveral cruise port. Sensation's upcoming three-night voyage to Nassau will now sail roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. Embarking passengers can either drive to Port Everglades or take advantage of complimentary transportation from the Orlando airport or Port Canaveral.

Carnival has reversed the itinerary of Carnival Valor, which departed on August 17. The new itinerary is as follows: Miami, sea day, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Grand Cayman, sea day, Miami

Carnival has also reversed the itinerary of Carnival Inspiration, which departs on August 18. Its new itinerary: Tampa, sea day, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, sea day, Tampa

Carnival Fascination, scheduled to sail a four-night cruise to Key West and Cozumel beginning August 18, will now sail a completely new itinerary: Miami, sea day, Grand Turk, sea day, Miami

Carnival Triumph's August 18 departure from Miami will skip its first port of call in Half Moon Cay and substitute a sea day instead. The rest of the Eastern Caribbean itinerary remains unchanged.


Port Canaveral remains closed as Fay lingers over Florida. Therefore Disney Wonder will debark and embark passengers on August 21 at Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale instead. The cruise line will provide transfers from the DisneyWorld Resorts, Orlando International Airport and Port Canaveral to Port Everglades and vice versa. Passengers on the upcoming cruise should still park at Port Canaveral as the three-night cruise will return there on August 24 as scheduled.


Norwegian Sky will depart Miami on August 18 at 3 p.m., two hours ahead of its scheduled departure time. The boarding process will begin at 11 a.m., and passengers must be onboard by 2 p.m. In addition, the itinerary has been altered. The ship will be calling at Nassau on Tuesday and Grand Bahama Island on Wednesday, instead of the other way around.

The U.S. Coast Guard has closed Port Canaveral to ship traffic on Tuesday, so Norwegian Spirit will substitute its scheduled call there with a sea day and proceed directly to the next port on its itinerary, Nassau, for an on-schedule arrival on Wednesday. The ship is on a six-night Bahamas and Florida itinerary out of New York.

Royal Caribbean

Enchantment of the Seas will depart Port Everglades (Ft. Lauderdale) as scheduled on August 18, but passengers are requested to begin the boarding process between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to ensure an on-time departure. However, the ship will skip Tuesday's scheduled call at Key West. Instead, the ship will spend Tuesday at sea and arrive in Cozumel, Mexico, on Wednesday as scheduled. The rest of the itinerary remains unchanged.

Sovereign of the Seas will depart Port Canaveral as scheduled on August 18, but passengers are requested to begin the boarding process between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to ensure an on-time departure. Royal Caribbean has reversed the order of the itinerary, and the new schedule is a sea day on Tuesday, Nassau on Wednesday and Coco Cay on Thursday.

Majesty of the Seas will depart Miami as scheduled on August 18, but passengers are requested to begin the boarding process between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to ensure an on-time departure.

--by Erica Silverstein, Associate Editor

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