Update: Hurricane Danielle Triggers Itinerary Tweak

August 28, 2010
Update, 3 p.m.: Holland America has made the following itinerary tweak: "The upcoming Bermuda cruise for Holland America's Veendam, scheduled to depart on August 29, is not expected to be impacted by Hurricane Danielle or Tropical Storm Earl. However, as adverse weather can always have a residual impact on sea conditions, rather than tendering at St. George's, Bermuda, on Tuesday, August 31, Veendam will head directly to Hamilton, where it will dock. The ship is scheduled to remain in Bermuda until Friday, September 3."

(August 27, 11 a.m. EDT) -- Hurricane Danielle, the fourth named storm of the 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season, continues to make headway through the Atlantic -- but the center of the storm is now expected to pass well east of Bermuda.

According to the National Hurricane Center's (NHC) 11 a.m. update, maximum sustained winds are holding steady at 135 miles per hour, making Danielle a Category Four storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale (Category Five, with maximum sustained winds of 155 m.p.h.-plus, is the highest). Some slight strengthening is being forecast over the next 24 hours.

Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes

There are no itinerary changes to report at this time from Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean and Holland America Line, all of which have ships sailing seasons in Bermuda. Representatives from Norwegian Cruise Line have yet to respond to multiple requests for comment.

Weather Outlook: Next Affected Ships & Ports

The latest NHC projections have the storm keeping well east of Bermuda, and there are no coastal warnings or watches in effect. Visitors to the region, however, should expect large waves and dangerous surf conditions over the next few days.

We'll keep you posted if there are any changes to report.

--by Dan Askin, Associate Editor

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