(Updated 2:50 p.m. EDT) -- With Hurricane Lane bearing down on the Hawaiian Islands, Norwegian Cruise Line has been forced to delay Pride of America's next cruise and reroute the current one to avoid the storm.
Pride of America's Saturday, August 25 departure will leave from its homeport of Honolulu on Monday, August 27. The ship is now nearing the end of a weeklong cruise that departed on Saturday, August 18 but will be kept at sea an extra day, while the storm passes, and return to Honolulu on Sunday, August 26. Cruisers booked on the next sailing will have the option to embark on Sunday and spend the night onboard, or embark on Monday; the ship is scheduled to depart on Monday at 7 p.m.
"We understand the disappointment and inconvenience travelers are experiencing as a result of the weather conditions in Hawaii," said a spokesperson for Norwegian Cruise Line. "Our team is working diligently to assist our guests, including deploying our Care Team to Honolulu."
Earlier this week, Norwegian replaced its stops in Hilo and Kona with two days in Kauai; the ship has since spent its time out at sea. The line is encouraging booked cruisers to keep tabs on its website for further updates.
Hurricane Lane is a Category 2 storm (downgraded from a Category 5) with maximum sustained wind speeds of 105 miles per hour. A hurricane warning is in effect for Oahu and Maui County, which includes the islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Kahoolawe. A hurricane watch has been issued for Kauai, while Hawaii County is under a tropical storm warning.
According to the National Hurricane Center, "Some additional weakening is forecast later today and tonight, but Lane is expected to remain a dangerous hurricane as it approaches the islands."
No other cruise ships are in the Hawaiian Islands, at this time. Cruise Critic will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.
Several Hawaii cruises were canceled earlier this year, due to the ongoing Kilauea volcano eruption on the Big Island, but cruise lines have since added sailings back to their calendars.
Going on a Caribbean or Bahamas cruise in the near future? Read our report on the NOAA's 2018 Atlantic hurricane season prediction and learn how you can prepare.
--By Gina Kramer, Editor