Tropical Storm Andres Sparks Cruise Itinerary Change

June 23, 2009

(3 p.m. EST) -- Tropical Storm Andres, the first named storm of the Pacific hurricane season, continues to make headway along the southwestern coast of Mexico. At least one line has tweaked an itinerary in response to the storm.

Maximum sustained winds have reached 70 miles per hour, and the National Hurricane Center is forecasting that Andres should become a hurricane later today. At 11 a.m. EDT, the NHC said Andres was located about 55 miles south-southwest of Manzanillo, a popular cruise port on Mexican Riviera cruises.

Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes

To steer clear of Andres, Carnival Cruise Lines has altered the itinerary for Carnival Splendor, which was scheduled to visit Puerto Vallarta on Wednesday, Mazatlan on Thursday and Cabo San Lucas on Friday. The ship's new itinerary is Cabo San Lucas on Wednesday, Mazatlan on Thursday, a sea day on Thursday and Ensenada on Friday.

Weather Outlook: Next Affected Ships & Ports

The only other ship in the region in Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas, which is set to visit Cabo San Lucas today, Mazatlan on Wednesday, June 24 and Puerto Vallarta on Friday, June 25. Royal Caribbean has yet to announce itinerary changes.

Stay tuned.

--by Dan Askin, Associate Editor