Cruise NewsTropical Storm Debby Alters Cruise Itineraries

Tropical Storm Debby Alters Cruise Itineraries

Update June 26 4:00 p.m. EST: Tropical Storm Debby currently has winds of 40 mph and is moving east towards the mainland of Florida at 6 mph.  Debby expected to cross over Florida south of Jacksonville, FL and north of Port Canaveral. 

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The Carnival Fascination is scheduled to arrive in Jacksonville on Thursday morning, June 28.

Port Canaveral has the following ships in port this week:  June 28: Carnival Ecstasy and Sensation, June 29: Disney Dream and Monarch of the Seas, and June 30: Disney Fantasy and Carnival Dream. 

While the seas will be choppy from the storm, there should not be any cancellations and minimal delays.  Debby is expected to be downgraded to a tropical depression with winds under 39 mph.  The storm is then expected to turn north in the Atlantic, between Bermuda and the coast of the Carolinas.

Original Article: Tropical Storm Debby, the 4th named storm of the 2012 hurricane season, has formed in the Gulf of Mexico.  TS Debby currently has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and is located in the Gulf of Mexico, 90 miles south-southwest of Apalachicola in the Florida Panhandle.  Winds gusts have been clocked as high as 65 mph.

The storm is currently stationary and is expected to gain in strength as it moves north towards the panhandle of Florida.  The storm is  expected to become a hurricane early Wednesday morning.  Tropical storms become hurricanes when winds reach 74 mph.

Carnival Cruise Lines has announced that the Carnival Ecstasy will be skipping the port of Key West on Sunday.  The ship will stop in Nassau, Bahamas instead and then in Freeport, Bahamas on Monday.  The ship is now scheduled to stop in Key West on Tuesday, followed by a day at sea on Wednesday.

The Ecstasy is currently the only ship that Carnival has altered an interary due to TS Debbie.  Carnival may make other changes depending on the strength of the storm and the direction that it moves.

There has been no word yet from Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Princess, Disney, or any other cruise lines at this time.   If you are taking a cruise and are concerned about your cruise is being altered or delayed, it is best to contact your cruise line.  They will have the most up to date information that is available.

Cruise ships in the Gulf of Mexico can expect to sail in rougher waters than usual.  The captains will keep the ships at a safe distance from the storm and cruises are rarely canceled due to tropical storms and hurricanes.

For the latest updates on Tropical Storm Debby, visit the National Hurricane Center.

Cruise Fever will continue to update any this page as cruise lines make any changes necessary due to the storm.

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