As Maria Weakens, Some Cruises Revert to Original Itineraries

September 10, 2011

(Updated 9/12, 8 p.m. EDT) -- Tropical Storm Maria has weakened, prompting some ships to return to their original itineraries after storm deviations were announced late Friday. It has also prompted the cancellation of all associated watches and warnings.

According to the latest report from the National Hurricane Center, the storm currently is located about 360 miles east-southeast of the Southeastern Bahamas and about 800 miles south-southwest of Bermuda. Its movement is northwest at two miles per hour, and it's accompanied by maximum sustained winds of 50 m.p.h.

Although the storm, the 13th to be named this season, is barely a tropical cyclone, some itinerary changes have resulted. Read on for specifics.

Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes

Carnival Cruise Lines has altered itineraries for a handful of ships:

Carnival Dream and Carnival Freedom, which, as of late Friday, were to sail revised itineraries, will now be sailing their original itineraries as scheduled.

Carnival Destiny, which left Miami on Saturday for a five-night sailing, will switch the order of its calls on Ocho Rios and Grand Cayman. The ship will call on the latter on Monday and the former on Tuesday, the opposite of what was originally scheduled.

Royal Caribbean also has ships in the area, but according to a statement on the line's Web site, only one itinerary has been altered.

Oasis of the Seas will now call on St. Thomas on Tuesday, St. Maarten on Wednesday and Nassau on Friday.

Weather Outlook: Next Affected Ships and Ports

The storm is likely to continue its northwest movement for the next day or two. It may continued to dump as much as six inches of rain over the Virgin Islands, the leeward islands and Puerto Rico through Tuesday. Tropical storm-force wind gusts are also still possible in those areas.

We'll keep you updated as more information becomes available.

--by Ashley Kosciolek, Copy Editor

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