Cruise lines respond to Dorian

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Cruise lines are reshuffling their schedules as Hurricane Dorian continued to roll towards the Southeast United States.

In a weather update released at 8:00 PM (ET) yesterday, Carnival Cruise Lines said that its 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, it noted, “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, U.S. Coast Guard and the local port authorities to provide timely updates as more information becomes available.

The following homeports and ships remain under watch:

CHARLESTON

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 position to dock as soon as the authorities have reopened the port.

FORT LAUDERDALE (PORT EVERGLADES)

Carnival Magic 08/31/19 – No change to itinerary; we plan to operate as scheduled. Please sign up for text alerts by texting CCL9 to CRUISE (278473).

JACKSONVILLE

Carnival Ecstasy 08/31/19 – No change to itinerary; we plan to operate as scheduled.

PORT CANAVERAL

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 08/29/19 and Carnival Liberty 08/30/19 cruises may not be able to return to Port Canaveral on Monday. If the port is closed, the ships will be in position to dock as soon as the authorities have reopened the port.

Carnival Breeze 08/31/19 – No change to itinerary; we plan to operate as scheduled. Please sign up for text alerts by texting CCL10 to CRUISE (278473).

PORTMIAMI

Carnival Conquest – 08/31/19 – No change to itinerary; we plan to operate as scheduled. Please sign up for text alerts by texting CCL8 to CRUISE (278473).

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. Please sign up for text alerts by texting CCL7 to CRUISE (278473).

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 position to dock as soon as the authorities have reopened the port.

TAMPA
Carnival Paradise 08/31/19 – Please disregard your arrival appointment and make plans to arrive at the cruise terminal between 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. We will sail shortly after on our scheduled itinerary. Please sign up for text alerts by texting CCL11 to CRUISE (278473).

Carnival Miracle 09/01/19 – In anticipation of a potential port closure on Sunday, this sailing will now operate as an 8-day sailing, departing on Saturday evening. Please disregard your arrival appointments and make plans to arrive at the cruise terminal between 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. We will sail shortly after on our scheduled itinerary. Guests who cannot travel on the extended duration, may cancel and receive a future cruise credit. Full details will be sent by email this evening. Please sign up for text alerts by texting CCL4 to CRUISE (278473).

Pre-purchased Carnival shore excursions for canceled ports will be automatically refunded to your onboard Sail & Sign® account.

We thank our guests for their patience and understanding while we navigate through the uncertainty the storm is causing.

We are still in the process of finalizing our next update. We will be back shortly. Thank you for your patience.

ROYAL CARIBBEAN

“We’ve been closely monitoring Hurricane Dorian and multiple of our itineraries will be impacted,” said Royal Caribbean “Please know, our guests and crew safety is our top priority and being onboard a ship is one of the safest places to be during a storm. We can sail out to sea and navigate around inclement weather. Plus, our ships have the latest technology, satellites, communication equipment, along with a team of experts who closely monitor the weather.

“Along with our Chief Meteorologist, James Van Fleet, we’re reviewing data hourly to understand the impact to our ships in the affected areas. So far, we’ve made the following changes:

“We closed CocoCay on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, and plan to reopen it on Wednesday, September 4t 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.”

The following sailings are impacted by Hurricane Dorian

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