Cruise Ships Change Itineraries, Avoid Ida

November 7, 2009
(9:45 p.m. EST) -- Ida has, as predicted, made a resurgence. A tropical depression last night, Ida's now a tropical storm and is forecast to achieve lower category hurricane status over the next 24 hours. At this point, affected cruise ports could include Cozumel and Grand Cayman. Cruise lines that had planned to call either this weekend or on Monday have rearranged schedules.

Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes

Crown Princess will be rearranging the port calls on its November 7 itinerary to avoid Tropical Storm Ida. The ship will depart Fort Lauderdale as scheduled, and the new cruise itinerary will be as follows: Princess Cays; sea day; Grand Cayman; Roatan, Honduras; Cozumel, Mexico; sea day; return to Fort Lauderdale.

Carnival Liberty, after departing Saturday from Miami, will have its regularly scheduled sea day and then visit Ocho Rios. On Tuesday, it will be at sea – also as planned – and will then call at Grand Cayman and Cozumel before heading back north to Miami. Carnival Inspiration's five night cruise from Tampa, leaving Saturday, will make an unexpected visit to Key West and a planned stop at Cozumel – but will not go to Grand Cayman.

Weather Outlook: Next Affected Ships & Ports

Given the storm's current trajectory, Ida could cause blustery, stormy conditions in Cozumel and Playa del Carmen later this weekend and into Monday. NCL and Royal Caribbean also have ships in the area. Spokeswomen from Royal Caribbean and NCL tell Cruise Critic that so far there are no itinerary changes.

We'll keep you posted.

--updated by Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief