Hurricane Maria Bypasses Bermuda, Heads for Eastern Canada

September 15, 2011
(5:30 p.m. EDT) -- Having bypassed Bermuda, Hurricane Maria is spiraling north toward the eastern coast of Newfoundland, an area that includes the cruise port of Saint John's.

According to the latest report from the National Hurricane Center, the 13th named storm and third hurricane of the 2011 Atlantic season is currently located some 205 miles north-northwest of Bermuda. The storm is packing maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour and moving north-northeast at 36 m.p.h.

Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes

Norwegian Cruise Line
To avoid Maria, Norwegian Gem switched to a Bahamas and Florida itinerary, instead of its originally planned Bermuda voyage. The ship called on Port Canaveral (Orlando) Tuesday, private island Great Stirrup Cay on Wednesday and Nassau on Thursday.

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

Royal Caribbean
Oasis of the Seas called on St. Thomas on Tuesday, St. Maarten on Wednesday and will stop in Nassau on Friday.

Weather Outlook: Next Affected Ships and Ports

A hurricane watch is currently in effect for eastern parts of Newfoundland, meaning that tropical storm conditions are possible in the area, likely within the next 24 hours.

While the latest forecast shows Maria heading for Newfoundland, there are no cruise ships scheduled to visit until Monday, when P&O's Arcadia stops in Saint John's. We'll keep you updated as more information becomes available.

--by Ashley Kosciolek, Copy Editor

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