Winter Storm 'Hercules' Delays Cunard Cruise Ship

January 3, 2014

(12:52 p.m. EST) -- A massive winter storm, which dumped anywhere from 3 to 21 inches of snow on states throughout the Northeast isn't just delaying air traffic: At least one cruise ship, Queen Mary 2, which was slated to turn around in New York City today, will be delayed by several hours.

"For all guests boarding Queen Mary 2 in New York today, we can confirm that she will not depart before midnight, as a result of the weather," Cunard Line tweeted.

According to Cunard spokeswoman Jackie Chase, the delay is intended to accommodate late-arriving passengers. Additionally, the line's customer service team is actively responding to and working with passengers whose flights have been delayed.

Boarding is not delayed and passengers may board this afternoon as the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal is up and running and accessible by road.

Queen Mary 2 arrived last night into New York City, several hours ahead of schedule in order to avoid the worst part of the storm. The ship was scheduled to depart at 5 p.m. today for a six-night transatlantic sailing to Southampton/London.

--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor