Hurricane Andres Sparks Cruise Itinerary Change

June 23, 2009
(7:30 p.m. EDT) -- Tropical Storm Andres has just become Hurricane Andres, the first named storm of the Pacific hurricane season and now the first hurricane of the year. The storm continues to make headway along the southwestern coast of Mexico. At least one line has tweaked an itinerary in response to the hurricane.

Maximum sustained winds are near 75 miles per hour, making Andres a category-one storm, but the National Hurricane Center is forecasting that weakening will occur over the next day or two. At 5 p.m. EDT, the NHC said Andres was located about 65 miles west-southwest of Manzanillo, a popular cruise port on Mexican Riviera cruises.

Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes

To steer clear of Hurricane 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 Friday and Ensenada on Saturday.

Weather Outlook: Next Affected Ships & Ports

The only other ship in the region is 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 Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor