Update Hurricane Sandy Strands Passengers, Scatters Cruise Ships

October 28, 2012

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(4:26 p.m. EDT) -- The Atlantic hurricane season may be just a month away from ending, but its not going away quietly. Hurricane Sandy caused havoc in Jamaica, Cuba and the Bahamas and is now heading straight for the Mid-Atlantic United States. Ports all along the eastern U.S. have been affected. One ship, Eurodam, which was scheduled to arrive in Port Canaveral on October 26, was forced by rough seas to dock in Jacksonville and stay there. Carnival canceled its October 28 Carnival Glory and Carnival Pride sailings altogether.

Sandy's projected path shows it making landfall in New Jersey sometime early morning Tuesday. At least a dozen cruise ship itineraries already have been changed and more could be affected.

According to the National Hurricane Center's 8 a.m. EDT advisory, Sandy is located 270 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina moving parallel to the eastern U.S. coastline. Maximum sustained winds from the storm have remained steady at 75 m.p.h., but the storm is expected to strengthen as it gets closer to northern Virginia, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey between now and Tuesday.

New Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes

Carnival Cruise Lines

Carnival Glory's October 28 departure has been canceled. The Norfolk cruise terminal is positioned behind a major flood gate in the city which will likely close during the day October 28. When this happens, there is no access to the cruise terminal, necessitating the cancelation of the cruise. Refunds will be processed to the original form of payment within the next two weeks.

The October 28 sailing of Carnival Pride from Baltimore has been canceled. Refunds will be processed to the original form of payment within the next two weeks.

Carnival Dream's October 27 departure has been delayed by one day. The ship will now depart Port Canaveral on October 28 and sail a six-night itinerary, rather than a seven-night. Isla Roatan will be taken out of the itinerary, leaving Cozumel, Belize and Costa Maya. Check-in on October 28 will run from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. All passengers will receive a one-day pro-rated cruise fare refund as well as a refund of Isla Roatan government fees and taxes, and gratuities will be adjusted to reflect the shortened voyage.

Carnival Ecstasy's October 27 departure has been delayed by one day. The ship will now depart Port Canaveral on October 28 and sail a four-night itinerary visiting Nassau and Freeport. The call on Key West will be cancelled. Check-in on October 28 will run from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. All passengers will receive a one-day pro-rated cruise fare refund as well as a refund of Key West government fees and taxes, and gratuities will be adjusted to reflect the shortened voyage.

The October 27 sailing of Carnival Fascination will visit Freeport (October 29) rather than Half Moon Cay as scheduled.

Carnival Imagination, which departed October 26 from Miami for a three-night Bahamas cruise, will remain at sea October 27, but is still scheduled to call on Nassau October 28.

The October 21 sailing of Carnival Victory is bypassing St. Maarten October 27 in favor of a day at sea. The ship is expected to return on time to San Juan on October 28.

Carnival Liberty, which departed Miami on October 27, will visit Nassau instead of Half Moon Cay (October 28), and switch the order of its visits to San Juan and St. Thomas (October 30 and 31).

Currently sailing an eight-night itinerary from New York that included three ports of call, Carnival Miracle called on San Juan as scheduled on October 24, but skipped all remaining ports. Because of the storm, the ship will return to New York a day early, arriving on October 28.

Miracle's October 29 sailing will now depart a day early, on October 28. Check-in is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and departure is set for 6 p.m. The revised schedule is as follows: New York (October 28), Day at Sea (October 29 and 30), Port Canaveral (October 31), Nassau (November 1), Day at Sea (November 2), Grand Turk (November 3), Day at Sea (November 4 and 5), return to New York (November 6). San Juan and St. Thomas, both on the original itinerary, will be eliminated from the schedule. Passengers on the sailing will not need to pay gratuities for the extra day and will be reimbursed for any additional parking expenses at the port. Additionally, Carnival will reimburse passengers up to $200 in airline change fees.

Carnival Sensation, which departed October 25 from Port Canaveral, is experiencing a significant delay due to rough weather conditions. The October 28 four-night sailing will now operate on October 29 as a three-night cruise visiting Nassau and Freeport (port sequence and times to be determined). Check-in times for October 29 have not yet been determined.

Disney Cruise Line

The October 20 sailing of Disney Fantasy, which skipped its call on Castaway Cay, is so far unable to return to Port Canaveral. The exact arrival time of the ship is still unknown. Therefore the October 27 departure will be delayed. Passengers for the October 27 sailing should arrive no earlier than 2 p.m.

Holland American Line

Holland America's Eurodam, currently finishing up a 12-night Atlantic Coast cruise, was forced to dock at a cargo pier in Jacksonville on October 26 and stay there. Passengers will disembark on October 27 and free motorcoach transportation will be provided to the Fort Lauderdale airport, Miami International Airport and the Port Everglades cruise terminal in Fort Lauderdale.

Eurodam's next cruise, scheduled to depart on October 27 from Fort Lauderdale, will leave from Jacksonville instead. Free motorcoach transportation will be provided to Jacksonville from Port Everglades cruise terminal #29. The first bus will depart at 11:00 a.m. and the last coach will depart at 3:00 p.m. Passengers who arrive at the Fort Lauderdale or Miami International airports will be directed to transportation to the pier, from where they will depart for Jacksonville. Departure time and revised itinerary for this sailing will be finalized based on weather conditions.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Gem will not call in Samana, Dominican Republic on October 26, but will instead spend the day at sea. The sailing is scheduled to end on October 29, but because the Port of New York will be closed that day, the ship will remain at sea until the Coast Guard can reopen the port. Passengers for the October 29 sailing should not go to the port.

Norwegian Jewel rescheduled stops at Freeport in the Bahamas (October 24) instead of Great Stirrup Cay, and Norfolk (switched from Charleston), South Carolina (October 26) instead of Nassau in the Bahamas.

Norwegian Sky departed late on October 26 and will be unable to visit Great Stirrup Cay October 27, but will instead spend the day at sea.

Norwegian Dawn will cancel its call on Portland, Maine (October 30) AND instead stop in Halifax, Nova Scotia on October 29.


Ruby Princess, which departs from Port Everglades on October 28 for a six-night cruise, will bypass Princess Cay (October 29), istead spending an extra day at sea.

Caribbean Princess will skip its scheduled visit to Bermuda (October 29). Currently, the line expects to call on Boston but the exact timing of the stop is dependent upon weather conditions.

Emerald Princess, which departed Quebec City October 27, docked in Port Saguenay to escape rough seas on October 28. Due to the weather, the ship will no longer call on Bar Harbor (October 31), Boston (November 1) and Newport (November 2). In addition to Port Saguenay, the ship has added a call on Corner Brook (October 30). The call on Halifax has been pushed back a day to November 1. The ship will resume its originally scheduled itinerary on November 3 with a visit to New York City.

Island Princess, which departed Port Everglades October 23 on an 11-night Panama Canal sailing reversed its itinerary and bypassed George Town in the Cayman Islands (October 25), electing to spend an additional day at sea.

Royal Caribbean

Jewel of the Seas' October 28 departure from Boston has been delayed until October 30, at the earliest. Passengers for the sailing should board as scheduled but will remain in port. A new itinerary is still being decided on.

Enchantment of the Seas, which left Baltimore October 26 for a five-night Bermuda cruise will not be able to call on Kings Wharf as scheduled. Instead, the ship will head out to sea in an effort to find calm seas.

Majesty of the Seas will skip scheduled its scheduled CocoCay visit this weekend (October 27).

Monarch of the Seas, which was scheduled to depart Port Canaveral October 26, departed late in the evening October 27. The ship headed straight out to sea and will make no port calls.

Previously Announced Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes

Disney Dream departed Port Canaveral as scheduled on October 25 but will spend October 26 at sea, rather than stop at Castaway Cay. If weather permits the ship will call on Nassau on October 27 as scheduled.

Carnival Fantasy remained at sea on October 25, rather than stop in Freeport, Bahamas as originally scheduled.

--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor