Adios, Jimena! Storm Now Tropical Depression

September 4, 2009
(11:31 a.m. EDT) -- Jimena has now weakened to tropical depression and is expected to become a remnant low today, according to the National Hurricane Center's latest advisory.

The tropical depression is located about 40 miles northeast of Santa Rosalia, Mexico, in the central portion of the Baja California Peninsula. Its maximum sustained are near 30 miles per hour, and gradual weakening is expected.

Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes

No further cruise itineraries should be impacted by Jimena. Here's a recap of this past week's re-routings.

Carnival completely altered Carnival Splendor's Mexican Riviera itinerary. The ship was scheduled to call in Catalina Island on Monday, Ensenada Tuesday, two sea days Wednesday and Thursday, Cabo San Lucas on Friday, and Ensenada again on Saturday.

Carnival Elation departed from San Diego last Saturday. Its new schedule featured a sea day Monday and visits to Catalina on Tuesday and Ensenada on Wednesday.

Carnival Paradise also sailed a revised itinerary, which was simply a rearrangement of ports. The ship departed Long Beach on Monday, spent Tuesday at sea, Wednesday in Catalina and Thursday on Ensenada before returning to Long Beach on Friday.

Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas reversed the order of its ports of call to avoid the hurricane. The ship departed Los Angeles on Sunday and spent two days at sea and visited Puerto Vallarta on Wednesday, Mazatlan on Thursday, and Cabo San Lucas on Friday. Saturday will be a sea day with a return to Los Angeles on Sunday.

Weather Outlook: Next Affected Ships & Ports

Jimena is expected to drop another couple of inches of rain on the Baja California Peninsula and Western Mexico. As the storm is now a tropical depression, this will be our last update on Jimena.

--by Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor