Isabel Update: September 14

September 14, 2003
As the mighty Hurricane Isabel – now a scary category five hurricane – moves closer to eastern shores (though where, specifically, she’ll make landfall is still up-in-the-air), cruise lines have been revising next week's itineraries to the Caribbean. As the storm appears to be moving northward, look for more changes impacting cruises departing out of mid-Atlantic ports such as Charleston, Norfolk, Baltimore and Philadelphia and, as always, we'll keep you posted.

Forecasters are saying Hurricane Isabel could make landfall late Wednesday-early Thursday.

At this point, cruise line changes (and please note: if we don't mention a cruise line with ships in or near potentially-impacted areas it's because the company has not yet announced any changes) are as follows:

*Norwegian Cruise Line has determined that Norwegian Dawn, which departs today from New York, will sail its planned itinerary to Florida and the Bahamas.

*Disney Cruise Line has slightly altered the itinerary of Disney Wonder, slated to sail tomorrow for a four-day cruise out of Port Canaveral. The ship will bypass Nassau and Castaway Cay has been scheduled for Monday’s port of call. Otherwise, the company says no other changes – though of course reserves the right to make them if possible. Disney Magic, which departed Saturday, is sailing in the Western Caribbean as planned.

*Royal Caribbean has also made one minor alteration. Navigator of the Seas, which set-off today, will not make its scheduled port of call at Nassau on Sunday. Otherwise, the itinerary remains unchanged.

*Princess Cruises' Grand Princess, slated to depart Sunday from Ft. Lauderdale's Port Everglades for an Eastern Caribbean trip, will now head to the Western Caribbean. That means the itinerary will swap scheduled stops at St. Thomas and St. Maarten for Grand Cayman, Cozumel, and Costa Maya.

*Carnival has revised itineraries for three ships in its fleet. Carnival Legend, originally slated to depart yesterday from New York for an eight-night Caribbean (calling at San Juan, St. Thomas and Tortola) is instead heading to Key West, Nassau and Freeport. Carnival Triumph, which was intended to depart Miami on September 13 on an Eastern Caribbean swing, will instead head west, with ports of call that include Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios. And Paradise's planned September 14 voyage to Eastern Caribbean haunts such as the Dominican Republic's Casa de Campo, Nassau and St. Thomas will now visit Belize, Isla Roatan, Grand Cayman and Cozumel.