Tropical Storm Erika Sparks Cruise Itinerary Changes

September 2, 2009

(5:20 p.m. EDT) -- Tropical Storm Erika, the fifth named storm of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, continues to make headway through the Caribbean Sea. The storm is currently located near the Southern Caribbean port of Guadeloupe and about 320 miles east-southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

According to the 5 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Erika's maximum sustained have held steady at 40 miles per hour. Little change in strength is expected, and the NHC is forecasting that Erika could weaken into a tropical depression over the next few days.

New tropical storm warnings have been issues for Dominica and San Juan. Tropical storm warnings are in place for St. Maarten, St. Martin, Guadeloupe, Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, St. Barth's, Nevis and Anguilla. A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are likely within 24 hours.

Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes

Carnival Cruise Lines has altered Carnival Glory's seven-night Eastern Caribbean itinerary. The ship, which departed Port Canaveral on Saturday, will now spend a day at sea today instead of calling in St. Maarten, and a day in Grand Turk on Thursday instead of a day at sea. The ship will return to Port Canaveral on Saturday.

Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas will call in Dominica from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. tomorrow instead of its planned call in Antigua. If the ship cannot reach Dominica, it will spend the day at sea instead.
Weather Outlook: Next Affected Ships & Ports

Tropical Storm Erika is moving toward the west-northwest, and is expected to approach Puerto Rico late tomorrow.

Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas is also in the region, but the line has yet to announce itinerary changes for that ship.

We'll keep you posted.

--by Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor