Round Up: Changes As Isabel Approaches Mid-Atlantic

September 17, 2003
Hurricane Isabel approaches and at this point changes by cruise lines are fairly minimal along the Mid-Atlantic coast. Partly that’s because many of the ships are scheduled for weekend turnarounds – so port and itinerary shifts may occur later this week. And of course everyone’s keeping a close eye on New York, which has cruise ships slated to return (and depart again) late this week. At this point, here’s a rundown of changes:

*Clipper Cruise Line’s 122-passenger Clipper Adventurer, currently sailing a 14-night “Making of America” east coast itinerary, will end its cruise early. The ship, slated to wind-up in Savannah on Sunday, will instead disembark passengers in Baltimore today (Wednesday). Passengers on the now 10-night trip are being compensated on an individual basis. The ship takes cover in Baltimore before heading out Saturday on a passenger-free repositioning trip to Puerto Morelos, Mexico.

*Clipper’s 100-passenger Nantucket Clipper is also altering its itinerary – though in less of a dramatic fashion. Currently sailing a “Nova Scotia, Colonial Maine and New England” cruise, Nantucket Clipper will skip a call at Newport (a spokesman says the move was based on earlier concerns that the storm would proceed up the seaboard rather than up the Chesapeake Bay) but it will arrive in New York City as scheduled on Saturday morning. “Fall Foliage on the Hudson River,” planned for a departure that afternoon, will leave as originally slated.

*Radisson Seven Seas, whose Navigator is sailing between New York and Norfolk to Bermuda (with mid-week departures) had already reported no changes in this week’s itinerary.

*Need to fly to a cruise port this weekend? Airlines are announcing relaxation of various non-refundable no-change ticket policies. For instance, United Airlines has said that passengers booked for travel between September 16 – 21 from Washington, DC, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia or North Carolina can be rebooked (or reschedule) without a change fee. Check your airline’s web site for up-to-the-minute details.

And, as always, we’ll keep you posted.