Hurricane Juan Disrupts Canada Cruises

September 29, 2003
Hurricane Juan, which battered Nova Scotia this weekend with its Category 1 winds, has inspired a bit of a cruise-ship scramble. Hurricane Juan-nee-tropical-storm Juan is no longer an issue in the region but some major destinations – in particular Halifax and Prince Edward Island – are in the midst of clean up and are not receiving cruise ships, at least today. There is no word at this point on the extent of damages.
Here's a rundown of ship changes:
*Princess' Golden Princess, slated to call at Halifax tomorrow, will instead head to Saint John, New Brunswick. Regal Princess, which is heading from New York to Montreal, skipped Saint John, New Brunswick, yesterday because of Juan – and instead hung out at anchor in Bar Harbor, waiting for the storm to blow out to see.
*Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas, on its way south from Montreal, chose to stay out of Juan's way by spending the night on the placid St. Lawrence River. It will miss its planned call at Saint John but will otherwise proceed on schedule.
*Carnival reports no changes are anticipated on its Victory, which had just left New York City this weekend.
*Passengers on Celebrity's Galaxy got an unexpected late-night-stay in Quebec City as the ship, originally slated to leave last night at 11 p.m., didn't stir until 6 a.m. this morning. It will miss today's scheduled sailing around the Saguenay Fjords but will otherwise proceed to its next port – Portland – on schedule.
*There's been no word from Holland America – a major player in this region – on their changes; calls have not been returned.