Port Everglades Cruise Ships Delayed After Shootings at Fort Lauderdale Airport

January 8, 2017
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Update (11 a.m. EST) -- Harmony of the Seas, Carnival Conquest, Eurodam, Coral Princess, Freedom of the Seas and Costa Deliziosa all departed from Port Everglades yesterday. Ships due in port today -- Koningsdam (4 p.m.), Celebrity Silhouette (4 p.m.), Allure of the Seas (4:30 p.m.) and Regal Princess (4 p.m.) -- are scheduled to arrive and depart at their original times. All four ships left the port today with minor delays.

(6 p.m. EST) -- Five of six cruise ships scheduled to depart from Port Everglades yesterday were delayed, after a shooting on Friday at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport that killed five people and seriously injured six. The time changes were posted on Broward County's vessel traffic site.

Carnival Conquest, Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas and Freedom of the Seas, Coral Princess and Holland America Line's Eurodam left several hours later than their scheduled departure times. Costa Deliziosa left at its scheduled departure time of 11 p.m.

See below for an up-to-date list of cruise ships delayed out of Port Everglades.

Saturday is one of Port Everglade's busiest turnaround days with five ships -- including Harmony of the Seas, the world's largest -- embarking and disembarking.

Fort Lauderdale Airport was immediately closed following the incident, and numerous flights into and out of the airport were canceled yesterday and on Friday. Cruise passengers on Cruise Critic's message boards reported being rerouted into other airports, stuck in limbo awaiting new flights or driving from as far afield as Atlanta. As a result, passengers have been delayed getting into Port Everglades.

The airport reopened at 5 a.m. yesterday. Some 20,000 pieces of luggage were still at the airport on Saturday waiting to be reunited with their owners, which has caused further complications for the cruise lines.

A spokesperson for HAL urged passengers traveling independently who are experiencing delays to contact their cruise line and let them know what their updated plans are. Cruise lines also have been directing booked passengers to emergency call centers via social media.

See a list of cruise line phone numbers to dial for updates and delays.

According to CNN, the shooting took place in the baggage claim at the airport's Terminal 2. The airport is located less than two miles from the cruise port.

Four of the victims were cruise passengers, according to reports: Michael Oehme, who was on his way to a cruise vacation with his wife, Kari, according to the Omaha World-Herald. NBC reported that Terry Andres, 62, had flown to Fort Lauderdale to board a cruise. The Miami Herald reported Olga Wattering had been on her way to a cruise departing today. And Australia-based The New Daily reported that Shirley Timmons, from Ohio, was due to celebrate her 51st wedding anniversary at the end of this month with her husband, Steve, on a cruise.

As the incident unfolded, Port Everglades closed briefly to incoming traffic Friday, making the closure announcement via Twitter. The port reopened at 5:08 p.m.

On Friday, two ships, Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam and Princess' Caribbean Princess, were originally scheduled to sail from port at 4 p.m. Caribbean Princess ended up leaving the dock around 9:40 p.m., while Nieuw Amsterdam, which left on a 12-night Southern Caribbean itinerary, departed more than six hours after its original time, just before 11 p.m. to accommodate late-arriving passengers.

Understandably, passengers traveling to Fort Lauderdale yesterday who were able to get to their ships were shaken by the tragedy. Said RNGALNG, who checked into Caribbean Princess: "We are checking in. Safe. Just met our room steward. He said the lady in the next room was right there. She's still shaking….No word from the captain about waiting for those who might have been stuck in the mess."

Reported Jmanly, another Cruise Critic member boarding Caribbean Princess: "They just said 112 not on ship."

Passengers on flights yesterday and today found themselves diverted to airports around Florida. Many have taken to the Cruise Critic forums and roll calls to share updates regarding the status of their cruises.

One member, Simplelife on Carnival Conquest's January 7 roll call, writes: "Friends, please check in and let us know you are safe. We are here in our FLL hotel. Our cruise companions were to arrive this afternoon at the FLL airport. They are in their connecting city and their flight here has been cancelled. We hope they get a flight later tonight."

Cruisers have taken to Cruise Critics forums to praise the cruise lines for their handling of the situation. "Yesterday, the cruise industry endured a logistical challenge. They met it head-on and overcame," wrote NJ Fred, adding, "For the role the cruise industry played in giving its paying customers comfort, please join with me in saying: Well Done!"

Port Everglades Schedule for January 8 (all Eastern Standard times):

Koningsdam: 4 p.m. departure.

Celebrity Silhouette: 4 p.m. departure.

Allure of the Seas: 4:30 p.m. departure.

Regal Princess: 4 p.m. departure.

Port Everglades Schedule for January 7 (all Eastern Standard times):

Harmony of the Seas: Delayed from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.
Carnival Conquest: Delayed from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Freedom of the Seas: Delayed from 5:30 p.m. until 8:45 p.m.
Eurodam: Delayed from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Coral Princess: Delayed from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Costa Deliziosa: No changes to original 11 p.m. departure time

Cruise Line Phone Numbers

Royal Caribbean: 1-800-256-6649
Carnival: 1-877-885-4856
Holland America: 1-206-286-3900
Princess: 1-800-774-6237

Passengers booked on cruises that depart from Fort Lauderdale January 6 and January 7 can find and share information on the Roll Call discussion thread for their sailing, below. Access to roll calls requires a short registration process.

Friday, January 6:

Saturday, January 7:

Cruise Critic will continue to update this story as we have more information.

--By Cruise Critic staff