(12 p.m. EDT) -- Tropical Storm Emily has been downgraded, and thunderstorms are now raging from eastern Cuba to the southeastern Bahamas, according to the National Hurricane Center. The latest report says the system has a 60 percent chance of turning back into a tropical cyclone within the next two days.
Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes
Several Carnival ships are altering their itineraries to contend with the storm. Cruisecal.com reports that Carnival Liberty is in port in Freeport, Bahamas. Carnival Miracle, which is sailing an eight-night voyage out of New York, will call on San Juan instead of Grand Turk today, St. Thomas instead of Half Moon Cay on Saturday and Grand Turk instead of Nassau on Sunday. Additionally, Carnival Sensation and Carnival Fantasy have altered itineraries. Sensation will sail a similar itinerary but will no longer overnight in Nassau. Fantasy will call on Nassau instead of Freeport today and call on Freeport on Saturday.
Caribbean Princess is in the region and has had minor changes to its itinerary. No further changes have been announced, but the line is closely monitoring the storm.
Norwegian Cruise Line also has ships in the area. According to an NCL representative, no changes have been made at this time, but the situation is being monitored closely.
Additionally, Royal Caribbean canceled scheduled ports calls to St. Thomas and St. Maarten for both Oasis of the Seas and Freedom of the Seas. Oasis will return to Fort Lauderdale today to conclude its current sailing, and Freedom will begin its return to Port Canaveral.
Disney Dream, which was scheduled for a sea day today, will now spend the day in Nassau, followed by a sea day tomorrow.
We'll keep you updated.
--by Ashley Kosciolek, Copy Editor