Rina is Now a Tropical Depression; Still Prompting Cruise Itinerary Changes

October 28, 2011
(2:20 p.m. EDT) -- Rina, the 17th named storm of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season, has now been downgraded to a tropical depression as it moves into the Yucatan Channel.

According to the National Hurricane Center's latest advisory, Rina is located about 55 miles north-northeast of Cancun, with maximum sustained winds of about 35 miles per hour. The storm is moving north-northeast at 6 m.p.h. (Click the image to see a larger version of the forecast path.)

Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes
Carnival Cruise Lines has reported the majority of the itinerary changes, though other lines continue to weigh in:

Carnival Inspiration, on a five-night cruise from Tampa, visited Progreso on Tuesday instead of Cozumel.

Carnival Freedom, on an eight-night cruise from Fort Lauderdale, called on Montego Bay on Wednesday instead of Limon and stayed at sea on Thursday, foregoing a call on Colon. A stop at Grand Turk on Friday will replace an originally scheduled sea day.

Carnival Destiny, on a five-night cruise from Miami, replaced a sea day scheduled for Wednesday with a call on Nassau.

Carnival Liberty, on a seven-night cruise from Miami, substituted Ocho Rios in place of Grand Cayman on Wednesday and called on Grand Turk on Thursday instead of Ocho Rios.

Carnival Legend, on a seven-night cruise from Tampa, switched its calls on Belize and Cozumel, visiting the former on Tuesday and the latter on Wednesday. It also called on Progreso on Thursday instead of Roatan and will swap Friday's planned Grand Cayman visit with a sea day.

Carnival Valor, on a seven-night cruise from Miami, bypassed Belize on Wednesday for a sea day. The ship also called on Grand Cayman on Thursday instead of spending the day at sea.

Carnival Triumph, on a five-night cruise from Galveston, replaced Progreso with Cozumel on Wednesday and Cozumel with Progreso on Thursday.

Carnival Imagination, on a four-day cruise from Miami, scrapped Cozumel for a sea day on Wednesday and replaced a sea day on Thursday with a visit to Nassau.

Carnival Dream, will sail a revised itinerary on its upcoming cruise, which departs Port Canaveral on October 29. The ship will call in Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Maarten, instead of Cozumel, Belize City, Roatan and Costa Maya.

Instead of spending Wednesday at sea, Celebrity Millenium called on Nassau, Bahamas. Norwegian Star replaced its scheduled call in Belize City Wednesday with a sea day. The ship stopped in Belize City on Thursday. Norwegian Star's scheduled Cozumel stop on Friday is being replaced with a visit to Costa Maya.

Norwegian Spirit's scheduled call in Cozumel on Friday is being replaced with a sea day.

Norwegian Pearl's scheduled calls in Grand Cayman on Thursday and Cozumel on Friday have both been canceled. The ship will instead visit Nassau on Friday.

Island Princess will no longer call in Grand Cayman on Friday; the ship will visit Ocho Rios instead.

Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas will no longer call in Cozumel on Friday. Instead, the ship will stop in Nassau.

Disney Cruise Line's Disney Magic will be skipping a call on Key West on Sunday, opting for a sea day instead. Additionally, the ship will call on St. Maarten in place of Grand Cayman on Tuesday and Tortola instead of Cozumel on Wednesday.

Weather Outlook: Next Affected Ships and Ports
The Mexican government has discontinued the tropical storm warning for the Yucatan Peninsula. Rina could drop an additional one to two inches of rain over the Northeastern Yucatan Peninsula and Cozumel today. The storm is expected to eventually drift southward and become a remnant low.

This will be our final update on Tropical Depression Rina.

--by Jamey Bergman, U.K. Web Content Manager, and Ashley Kosciolek, Copy Editor