Hurricane Danielle Triggers Itinerary Tweaks

August 29, 2010
Update, 11 a.m. EDT: Norwegian Spirit arrived in Bermuda this morning as originally scheduled. A statement on NCL's Web site had previously said there was likelihood that the ship's arrival in Bermuda would be delayed until Monday due to Hurricane Danielle. The storm is now well past Bermuda and heading north-northwest in the open Atlantic. Based on the National Hurricane Center's latest forecast, Danielle is unlikely to further impact cruise travel. We'll keep you posted should anything change.

(August 28, 9 p.m. EDT) -- Hurricane Danielle, the fourth named storm of the 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season, is expected to pass well east of Bermuda later tonight -- but the possibility of rough seas left in the storm's wake has caused at least one line to tweak an upcoming Bermuda cruise.

According to the National Hurricane Center's (NHC) 5 p.m. update, Danielle's maximum sustained winds have fallen to 105 miles per hour. Little change is being forecast overnight, but gradual weakening is expected to begin on Sunday.

Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes

Due to the possibility of Danielle's residual impact on sea conditions, Holland America has made an itinerary change to Veendam's upcoming Bermuda cruise, scheduled to depart on August 29. 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.

A statement on the NCL Web site notes that Norwegian Spirit's arrival time into Bermuda, currently scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, August 29, will be dependent on the speed and the path of the storm, and will most likely be delayed until Monday morning, August 30.

Weather Outlook: Next Affected Ships & Ports

The latest NHC projections have the storm passing well east of Bermuda tonight. All tropical storm watches have been canceled. Visitors to the region, however, should expect large waves and dangerous surf conditions over the next several days.

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

--by Dan Askin, Associate Editor

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