Cyclone Leslie Forces More Itinerary Changes

September 12, 2012
(7 a.m. EDT) -- Royal Caribbean has been forced to change two of its ships' itineraries as a result of Cyclone Leslie, which battered Bermuda last week and has been causing heavy rains, winds and surf in Newfoundland.

The storm bypassed Bermuda last week but still managed to disrupt one itinerary, delaying the arrival and departure of the 92,250-ton, 2,340-passenger Norwegian Dawn into and out of Bermuda.

Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes

Member waterbugohio first posted the news on Monday (Sep. 10) that the 90,090-ton, 2,112-passenger Jewel of the Seas would be skipping a stop in Newfoundland due to the storm, which was later confirmed by the line in a statement which read:

"Jewel of the Seas cancelled its call to St. John's, Newfoundland, on Thursday, September 13, and continues to proceed to its scheduled turn-around in Boston on Sunday, September 16."

Jewel of the Seas is making a transatlantic crossing from Iceland.

A second ship -- the 90,090-ton, 2,112-passenger Brilliance of the Seas -- will skip the Faroe Islands and proceed directly to Iceland.

Holland America Line was also forced to make itinerary changes this week.

Eurodam, which is on a 15-night Viking Passage cruise, bypassed the port of St. John's in Newfoundland yesterday, instead going straight to Halifax a day early. The ship overnighted in Halifax and returns to its scheduled itinerary this evening when it departs from Halifax at 6:00 p.m.

Maasdam skipped a scheduled port of call at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island on Sunday, September 9, instead remaining in Quebec City overnight. The ship then sailed an unshceduled day at sea and returns to its published itinerary today with a call in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Leslie is still packing winds of up to 70 miles-per-hour, but according to the National Hurricane Center these are predicted to ease as the cyclone moves away from Newfoundland. The swells are still affecting Atlantic Canada, and rains are predicted to decrease over the next few hours.

--by Adam Coulter, U.K. Editor