Update: August 23, 7:00 p.m.: Tropical Storm Danny was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm and currently has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and is moving west towards the Eastern Caribbean at 16 mph.
What does this mean for cruises to the Caribbean next week? Cruise lines are monitoring the storm and so far, Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Line, and Norwegian Cruise Line have made changes to itineraries.
Royal Caribbean announced that Oasis of the Seas will no longer sail to the Eastern Caribbean and will now call on the ports of Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico in an effort to find the calmest seas and sunniest skies possible. Adventure of the Seas will no longer call on the ports of St. Johns, Antigua, Castries, St. Lucia, and Barbados. Freedom of the Seas will now sail to the Western Caribbean instead of the Eastern Caribbean.
Carnival Cruise Line has made a change to the Carnival Glory’s itinerary and will now stop in Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize, and Cozumel. The ship was scheduled to visit Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, San Juan, and Grand Turk in the Eastern Caribbean.
Norwegian Cruise Line has changed the itinerary for their newest ship, Norwegian Getaway. The ship will now stop in the ports of Cozumel and Ocho Rios, replacing stops in St. Thomas and Tortola. Norwegian Getaway will also stop in Nassau as originally scheduled.
Hurricanes and tropical storms are known to move in erratic patterns that are difficult to predict. Just because the computer tracking models have the storm hitting certain islands, that doesn’t mean the storm will hit them. The storm could still turn north and not pose a threat to the Caribbean. Due to this, changes usually aren’t made a week ahead of time.
It is extremely rare that cruise lines will cancel a cruise due to a hurricane or tropical storm. Cruise ships are mobile, they can sail away from storms. Cruise lines will rearrange itineraries to keep the passengers and crew members safe. This might mean sailing to the Western Caribbean instead of the planned stops in the Eastern Caribbean.
If you are booked on a cruise next week, the worst that will happen is that your itinerary will get altered. No need to worry or fret over the storm at this point. An altered cruise itinerary beats any day at work.
Cruise Fever will continue to monitor Tropical Storm Danny and will have all updates if Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Norwegian, Disney, or any other cruise lines make changes due to the storm.
Photo Credit: National Hurricane Center