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(4:30 p.m. EDT) -- Hurricane Earl, the Category Three storm that pounded the Eastern and Southern Caribbean earlier this week, sparked a number of itinerary changes for cruises, in the region. (Note: Follow the link for a full update on Hurricane Earl).
Norwegian Cruise Line
NCL's Norwegian Sky will now spend Thursday, September 2, at sea instead of calling at Great Stirrup Cay, the line's private island. An NCL spokesperson offered an explanation: "We anchor there, and the weather conditions will be too rough for the tenders to operate." The line is extending today's call in Nassau to an overnight.
NCL has changed the itinerary for Norwegian Epic, which left from Miami Saturday. The ship will now call in Cozumel and Roatan in place of St. Maarten and St. Thomas. Epic's call in Nassau on Friday has been extended.
Because of the adverse weather, Norwegian Jewel did not stop at Great Stirrup Cay on Tuesday and instead docked in Nassau a day early. The ship stayed in Nassau overnight.
Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Cruise Lines changed the itinerary for Carnival Dream, which departed from Port Canaveral on Saturday. Instead of sailing an Eastern Caribbean cruise with stops in Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Maarten, the ship is sailing a Western Caribbean route to Cozumel, Belize, Roatan and Costa Maya.
Carnival Pride, which left from Baltimore Sunday, will no longer visit Grand Turk today (Wednesday) as originally planned. The itinerary will now include Port Canaveral (Wednesday), Nassau (Thursday) and Freeport (Friday).
Carnival Victory is sailing a revised itinerary. The ship has canceled its call in St. Maarten and changed the order of some of its ports. Victory's new itinerary sequence is St. Lucia, Barbados, Dominica, St. Kitt's and St. Thomas. The ship will return to San Juan on Sunday as originally scheduled.
Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas was unable to make its scheduled port calls in St. Thomas on Tuesday and St. Maarten on Wednesday. Instead, the ship made an extended visit to Nassau on Sunday, spent Monday and Tuesday at sea, called on Costa Maya Wednesday and will visit Cozumel on Thursday. It will then spend Friday at sea as it returns to Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, as scheduled.
Freedom of the Seas, which left Port Canaveral on August 29, will be unable to make its scheduled port calls to St. Thomas today and St. Maarten on Thursday. The ship called on CocoCay, Bahamas on Monday, as scheduled, spent Tuesday at sea, and will call in Grand Cayman on Wednesday. On Thursday, Freedom will visit Cozumel. The ship will then spend Friday and Saturday at sea as it returns to Port Canaveral on Sunday as scheduled.
Monarch of the Seas, which departed from Port Canaveral on Monday, was unable to call on CocoCay, Bahamas on Tuesday. The ship will now sail directly to Nassau were it will stay until midnight tonight. The ship will spend Thursday at sea as it returns to Port Canaveral on Friday, as scheduled.
Majesty of the Seas, which departed from Miami on Monday, extended its port call in Key West, Florida on Tuesday until early Wednesday morning. It will spend the remainder of Wednesday at sea and call on Nassau on Thursday, September 2. The ship will return to Miami on Friday as scheduled.
Enchantment of the Seas, which left Baltimore last Thursday, called on San Juan on Sunday. On Monday, it visited Samana, Dominican Republic instead of St. Thomas as originally scheduled. It stopped in Labadee on Tuesday and spends Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at sea as it returns to Baltimore on Saturday.
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--by Dan Askin, Associate Editor
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