TS Erika, the fifth named storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season, currently has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and is moving WNW at 17 mph. A tropical storm warning is in effect for the Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Haiti. . The Bahamas and Florida are currently under a tropical storm watch.
So far, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Line have made changes to itineraries. Carnival Cruise Line has changed the itinerary for Carnival Conquest due to the project path of Tropical Storm Erika. The ship will no longer stop in the ports of St. Maarten and St. Kitts. The ship will now spend an overnight in San Juan before heading to Grand Turk and Nassau, Bahamas.
Norwegian Cruise Line has changed the itinerary for several cruise ships. Norwegian Getaway will leave Miami on August 29 and will now stop in the ports of Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Cozumel, Mexico instead of St. Thomas and Tortola. Norwegian Getaway will stop in Nassau, Bahamas as originally scheduled.
Norwegian Sky will call on Nassau as scheduled but will replace the stop in Great Stirrup Cay with Key West. Norwegian Gem will call on Royal Naval Dockyard in Bermuda on Monday and remain there until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday.
Royal Caribbean has announced that Independence of the Seas will now depart out of Port Everglades at 3:00 p.m., with boarding taking place between 11:00 a.m. to 2: p.m. on August 30. The cruise line is advising guests scheduled to cruise on Adventure of the Seas, Enchantment of the Seas, Majesty of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, and Freedom of the Seas to monitor their website for additional updates.
The weekend cruise on Resorts World Bimini to the Bahamas has been canceled along with Monday’s return trip.
So far no other itineraries have been changed due to the tropical storm. Cruise Fever will update this page if and when other cruise lines (Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Carnival, Disney etc) make changes to itineraries. For more information on how cruise lines handle tropical storms and hurricanes, check out our “What Happens if there is a Hurricane during my Cruise Dates” article.