Update: Tropical Storm Danny Weakens, Weekend Cruise Departures Remain Unaffected

August 28, 2009
(5:25 p.m. EDT) -- After coming to a standstill earlier today, Tropical Storm Danny is once again on the move toward the north. According to the 5 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, the center of the storm is located 330 miles south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and 810 miles south-southwest of Nantucket, Massachusetts.

Tropical Storm Danny's maximum sustained winds remain at 40 miles per hour. Slight strengthening is possible tonight, but additional strengthening is not expected during the weekend.

Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes

No itineraries have been impacted at this time.

Weather Outlook: Next Affected Ships & Ports

Danny is moving toward the north, but is expected to gain speed tonight and turn to the north on Sunday.

The center of the storm is forecast to pass offshore of the Outer Banks of North Carolina early tomorrow morning and pass the coast of southeastern New England Saturday night. On Sunday, Danny will approach the Canadian Maritimes. The storm will likely generate dangerous rip currents and surf conditions along the U.S. East Coast for the next few days.

A tropical storm watch has been issued for the North Carolina coast from Cape Lookout north to Duck, including the Ablemarle and Pamlico Sounds. That means tropical storm conditions are possible within 24 hours. The Carolinas north to New England and the Canadian Maritimes should be on alert, as additional tropical storm watches and warnings may be issued later today.

Several cruise lines are scheduled to turn around in mid-Atlantic ports this weekend, including Princess' Caribbean Princess and Carnival Triumph out of New York; Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas out of Bayonne; Norwegian Majesty out of Philadelphia; Holland America's Maasdam out of Boston; and Carnival Pride out of Baltimore. Several are headed north with the storm on New England and Canada itineraries. However, no itinerary changes have been announced to date.

We'll keep you updated.

--by Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor