Tropical Storm Jose Prompts Cruise Ships to Change Itineraries

September 20, 2017

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(12:20 p.m. EDT) -- Tropical Storm Jose, which has been downgraded from hurricane status, is one of a handful of weather systems in recent weeks to prompt cruise lines to change itineraries.

The former Category 1 hurricane, which is off the New Jersey coast with maximum sustained wind speeds of 70 miles per hour, has led to Princess Cruises, P&O Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line altering diverting ships in order to avoid storm conditions.

Meanwhile, Carnival informed passengers Saturday that Sunday's sailing to Bermuda would be delayed as Pride rides out the storm in Chesapeake Bay. Windstar, whose season starts in early November, has also made changes after the destruction caused by recent storms.

See below for the most up-to-date itinerary changes.

Jose continues to follow the Eastern seaboard and is expected to weaken as it heads further north where it is projected to splutter out Thursday, September 21.

The news comes as Hurricane Maria continues to strengthen and move along a similar path to Hurricane Irma, which has caused devastation to a number of Caribbean ports.

For Hurricane Maria itinerary changes, refer to our roundup of rerouted cruise ships, which also includes the latest storm info.


Itinerary Changes

Princess Cruises

The following information is from a statement issued by Princess Cruises Monday:

Regal Princess: Regal Princess' scheduled calls to Boston and Newport have been canceled. Heavy weather conditions have been forecast so the ship will instead sail direct to New York for an early arrival of 8 a.m. on September 22, subject to berth availability. Regal Princess was originally due to arrive in New York at 6 am on September 23.

Regal Princess is currently sailing a 14-day transatlantic voyage.

Crown Princess: Crown Princess' call to Bar Harbor, Maine, today, September 20, has been canceled due to adverse winds in the area. The ship will sail directly to its next port of call, Saint John, Canada, where it will arrive at 11:45 p.m. and overnight, before resuming its planned itinerary from September 21.

Crown Princess is currently on a seven-night Canada and New England sailing.


Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Pride: Carnival Pride departed September 17 from Baltimore, as scheduled. After leaving the Chesapeake Bay, the ship sailed south, hugging the coastline to wait out the passing of Hurricane Jose to the east. The ship is making its way to Bermuda behind the storm; it is expected to arrive on September 20 and remain docked there partway through September 22.


Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Breakaway: In order to avoid the storm, the ship's September 17 cruise will now spend two days, instead of three, in Bermuda -- leaving Thursday, September 21, at 6 p.m. (a day early). It will arrive back in New York Sunday, September 24, as scheduled.


P&O Cruises

Arcadia: The ship's September 19 call to Newport has been canceled. Instead, Arcadia will go straight to Boston, arriving one day early, where it will overnight, before getting back on track with its original itinerary from September 20. Arcadia is currently on a 24-night U.S. and Canada sailing that departed Southampton, U.K., on September 10.


Oceania Cruises

Insignia: A statement from Oceania says Insignia's September 10 itinerary was altered. The ship skipped an overnight in Bermuda in order to bypass the storm and, instead, called on St. John, New Brunswick, and Portland, Maine. Insignia arrived in New York on September 19, a day earlier than scheduled, and its September 20 sailing will depart as planned.


Cruise Critic will update this article with additional information as it is received.

--By Adam Coulter, Managing Editor, U.K.; updated by Kerry Spencer, Editor, U.K.