Disney, Royal Caribbean, Crystal Impacted By Hurricane

November 8, 2008
(8:30 p.m.) -- Hurricane Paloma, a Category Four storm when it pummeled the Cayman Islands this morning, has moved on and is now impacting Cuba. The storm is now a Category Three. While damage to Grand Cayman is minimal, itineraries are still affected.

At this point, Royal Caribbean, Crystal Cruises and Disney Cruise Line have reported itinerary changes:

Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas, which departed October 30 from Baltimore, will not make its scheduled port of call in Grand Cayman on Saturday. Instead, the ship will visit Cozumel on that day.

Luxury line Crystal Cruises has altered the itinerary for Crystal Symphony. That ship will call at Grand Turk in the Turks & Caicos on Saturday, November 8, instead of visiting Grand Cayman as previously scheduled.

Disney Cruise Line has reversed its most recent itinerary change for Disney Magic. Yesterday's revised itinerary had the ship calling at Grand Cayman on Wednesday. Instead the cruise, which departed today from Port Canaveral, will visit Castaway Cay -- Disney's private island -- twice on its weeklong trip. The new schedule is Castaway Cay on Sunday, sea day on Monday, Cozumel on Tuesday and Costa Maya on Wednesday. Thursday's another sea day and Disney Magic returns to Castaway Cay on Friday.

Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas, which departs November 8, will now visit San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Wednesday, instead of Monday.

Princess Cruises' Sea Princess is the only ship scheduled to visit Grand Cayman on Sunday; Princess has not, as of 8 p.m., announced any changes so it's presumed the ship will stay on course.

Storm watches and warnings are noting that a much-weakened Hurricane Paloma could set sights on the Bahamas as early as late Sunday.

Stay tuned.

--by Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief

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