Hurricane Norbert Threatens Mexican Riviera, Affects Itineraries

October 8, 2008
(5:07 p.m. EDT) -- Hurricane Norbert, the 14th named storm of the Eastern Pacific season, is headed toward the Baja Peninsula and has begun affecting Mexican Riviera cruise itineraries.

Carnival Cruise Lines slightly revised Carnival Pride's itinerary; the ship was slated to visit Mazatlan tomorrow and Cabo San Lucas Friday. Instead Pride will visit Cabo San Lucas tomorrow and spend a day at sea on Friday. To make up for missing Mazatlan, the ship will call in Ensenada on Saturday before returning to Long Beach.

Sapphire Princess and Norwegian Sun are also in the region, but at this time neither Princess nor NCL have reported any itinerary changes.

What started as a tropical depression last Friday gradually turned into a tropical storm and became a hurricane on Tuesday. Norbert is now a Category Three hurricane located about 460 miles south of the southernmost point of the Baja Peninsula and cruise port Cabo San Lucas, and is traveling to the northwest at about nine miles per hour. It is forecast to take a turn toward the northeast on Thursday. Wind speeds have increased to 125 m.p.h.

Hurricane Norbert is expected to remain a major hurricane for at least the next 48 hours and make landfall early Saturday morning.

We'll keep you posted.

--by Kim Kazell, Assistant Editor