How will Tropical Storm Beryl affect cruise ships?

TS update Wednesday 7:00am EST:  Tropical Depression Beryl currently has top winds of 35 mph and headed back to sea after dumping heavy rain on northern Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.  The storm is expected to gain in strength as it heads back over the Atlantic but is not expected to make landfall again.

Tropical Storm Beryl, the second named tropical storm of the season that doesn’t officially start until June 1, has formed off the coast of Georgia with top winds of 50 mph.  Tropical storm warnings are in affect from South Carolina to north Florida.  Beryl is moving W-SW at 10 mph and is not expected to become a hurricane before it hits landfall on Monday.

Cruise lines have yet to make any announcements about any changes to itineraries  for cruise ships.  The only cruise ports that look to have any affect from this storm are Charleston, South Carolina and Jacksonville, Florida.

The storm is currently 100 miles west of Jacksonville, Florida.

The Carnival Fascination will sail out of Jacksonville today for a 5 night cruise to Key West and the Bahamas.  The ship will sail away from the storm and will likely not be affected by it.

The Carnival Fantasy, which sails out of Charleston, SC, is currently on a 5 night cruise to the Bahamas and is not due back in port until May 29.

While these ships will not be near the storm, water could be rougher than normal due to the storm.  For more information about what happens to cruises during hurricane season, you can read about it here.

TS Beryl is currently tracking to be over land by Tuesday morning in the south Georgia/north Florida area.

Due to the unpredictability of tropical storms and hurricanes, Cruise Fever will continue to monitor TS Beryl and bring you any updates on any cruises that become affected by the storm.  You may also visit the National Hurricane Center for current updates on the storm.

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