Jova Weakens to a Tropical Storm; Cruises Still Affected

October 12, 2011
(2 p.m. EDT) -- Jova, which became a major hurricane in the Pacific on Monday, has weakened after reaching the coast of Mexico and is now a tropical storm. Some cruise itineraries remain altered.

According to the National Hurricane Center's latest report, Jova is located about 30 miles northeast of Puerto Vallarta. The storm is currently moving north at 7 miles per hour, accompanied by maximum sustained winds of 50 m.p.h.

A tropical storm warning is now in effect from Manzanillo to El Roblito.

Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes

Carnival Spirit will sail a revised itinerary for its current nine-night Mexican Riviera sailing from Los Angeles. The ship will stop at Cabo San Lucas on Wednesday, in accordance with the original itinerary, but instead of an overnight in Cabo, Spirit will depart Wednesday night and spend the day at Puerto Vallarta on Thursday. A call on Ensenada, which was originally slated for Saturday, will now be replaced with a sea day. The sailing will return to Los Angeles, as scheduled, on Sunday.

Carnival Splendor, which is sailing a seven-night Mexican Riviera voyage from Los Angeles, will substitute a call on La Paz on Thursday for the originally scheduled stop at Puerto Vallarta.

Holland America has also announced changes. Oosterdam will skip calls on Puerto Vallarta Tuesday and Wednesday in favor of a sea day and a stop at La Paz. The ship is currently in the middle of an 11-night Mexican Riviera sailing from Vancouver to San Diego.

Disney Wonder is also sailing a revised itinerary for its October 9 sailing, which means the ship will call on Cabo San Lucas on Tuesday and stay there through Wednesday, foregoing its originally scheduled call on Ensenada. Passengers will, instead, visit Ensenada on Saturday.

Weather Outlook: Next Affected Ships and Ports

Carnival Paradise and Golden Princess are also in the area, but so far, those itineraries remain the same.

The NHC's report says heavy rain is a major threat. As much as 6-12 inches is expected, and isolated areas may see up to 20 inches. Swells along the coast are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions, but that should subside within the next one to two days.

We'll update you when new information is available.

--by Ashley Kosciolek, Copy Editor