With most of the Cruise Lines now having a better understanding of the track and impact of Hurricane Dorian. Cruise Scheduling can now begin to happen for these coming days and weekend ahead.
At present the latest reports on the track of Hurricane Dorian has it moving Northwestward at 13 mph or 20 kph. It is currently 355 kilometers NNW of San Juan, Puerto Rico and 600 kilometers southeast of the Bahamas. With maximum sustained winds of 85 mph or 140 kpm.
Currently, the forecast has Dorian moving over the Atlantic well east of the southeastern and central Bahamas today and on Friday, approach the northwestern Bahamas Saturday, and move near or over portions of the northwest Bahamas on Sunday.
At the moment all Cruise Lines are in the process of assessing the movement of Dorian, and one by one are release information on their ships in the region and how it’s going to affect future cruisers in the coming days and over the weekend.
Carnival Cruise Line Updates:
In a statement released by Carnival Cruise Line that go on to say:
“Our Fleet Operations Center in Miami is actively monitoring Hurricane Dorian’s potential impact on the departures listed below. Given that storms can be so uncertain, this information reflects our plan for these sailings based on the current forecast and is subject to change”
“As the safety of our guests and crew is our number one priority, we will continue to keep an eye on the storm, factor in guidance from the National Hurricane Center, and provide timely updates as more information becomes available”
The following homeports and ships remain under watch:
- Carnival Sunshine 08/29/19 – Instead of Princess Cays on Saturday, we plan to visit Key West from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
- Carnival Sunshine 09/02/19 – Still evaluating. Please sign up for text alerts by texting CCL3 to CRUISE (278473).
There is a possibility that Carnival Sunshine may not be able to return to Charleston on Monday. If the port is closed, the ship will be in a position to dock as soon as the authorities have reopened the port.
FORT LAUDERDALE (PORT EVERGLADES)
- Carnival Magic 08/31/19 – No change to the itinerary; we plan to operate as scheduled.
- Carnival Ecstasy 08/31/19 – No change to the itinerary; we plan to operate as scheduled.
- Carnival Elation 08/29/19 – We plan to visit Nassau as scheduled on Friday. We will inform our guests whether we can visit Freeport on Sunday.
- Carnival Elation 09/02/19 – Still evaluating. Please sign up for text alerts by texting CCL1 to CRUISE (278473).
- Carnival Liberty 08/30/19 – We plan to depart as planned. Our visit to Nassau will be shortened to 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturday.
- Carnival Liberty 09/02/19 – Still evaluating. Please sign up for text alerts by texting CCL2 to CRUISE (278473).
There is a possibility that Carnival Elation and Carnival Liberty may not be able to return to Port Canaveral on Monday. If the port is closed, the ships will be in a position to dock as soon as the authorities have reopened the port.
- Carnival Breeze 08/31/19 – No change to the itinerary; we plan to operate as scheduled.
- Carnival Conquest – 08/31/19 – No change to the itinerary; we plan to operate as scheduled.
- Carnival Horizon – 09/01/19 – Still evaluating. Please sign up for text alerts by texting CCL5 to CRUISE (278473).
- Carnival Sensation 08/31/19 – We will now visit Grand Turk on 9/2, Half Moon Cay on 9/3 and Nassau on 9/4.
- Carnival Victory 08/30/19 – We have replaced our call to Nassau with a visit to Key West on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
- Carnival Victory 09/02/19 – Still evaluating. Please sign up for text alerts by texting CCL6 to CRUISE (278473).
There is a possibility that Carnival Victory may not be able to return to Miami on Monday. If the port is closed, the ship will be in a position to dock as soon as the authorities have reopened the port.
- Carnival Paradise 08/31/19 – No change to the itinerary; we plan to operate as scheduled.
- Carnival Miracle 09/01/19 – Still evaluating. Please sign up for text alerts by texting CCL4 to CRUISE ((278473).
- Norwegian Cruise Line Update:
Norwegian Cruise Line Updates:
In a statement released by Norwegian Cruise Line, thay have announced that:
“The safety and security of our guests and crew is always our top priority. Due to Hurricane Dorian in the Caribbean, we have canceled calls to Great Stirrup Cay for Norwegian Sky on August 30, 2019, and Norwegian Sun on August 31, 2019”
“We are closely monitoring the storm and will communicate any additional itinerary modifications as they become available”
MSC Cruises Updates:
In a statement provided to I Like Cruise Ships MSC have announced that:
“As the safety and security of our guests and crew is MSC Cruises’ top priority, we are closely monitoring the evolution of tropical storm Dorian. As of now, no changes are expected to MSC Seaside and MSC Armonia’s itinerary”
Royal Caribbean Updates:
We’ve been closely monitoring Hurricane Dorian, as it enters the Caribbean. While it has slowed down a bit, we’re evaluating the storm’s path and trajectory. Currently, the American and European weather models have the storm going two separate ways.
Along with our Chief Meteorologist, James Van Fleet, we’re reviewing data hourly to understand if itinerary changes are needed. So far, we’ve made the following changes:
We closed CocoCay on Wednesday, August 28th, 2019, and plan to reopen it on Wednesday, September 4th, 2019. Our CocoCay Team is made up of over 400 people, and the majority are locals. So, it’s important that they evacuate to care for their families and secure their homes, as soon as possible. We evaluated all options, and this is the best decision, as there is no room for error when it comes to the safety and security of our guests, crew, and employees. This is our top priority.
Of course, this is still and will be a very fast-moving story and situation. Cruise Scheduling will continue to be impacted over the coming days and weeks. These next 3 or 4 days will be crucial in what impact Dorian is going to have on cruise itineraries and to the possibility of port closures in Florida should it be deemed necessary by the port authorities.
Please continue to follow this site for more updates as soon as their released by the Cruise Lines and Weather services. Some of of the better places to track Hurricane Dorian can be found at these links: