Hurricane Kirk, the 11th named storm of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season has formed to the SE of Bermuda. The storm currently has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and is moving WNW at 12 mph.
Hurricane Kirk is expected to turn north and pass well to the east of Bermuda. If the storm stays on this projected path, there should not be any cruise disruptions caused by the storm.
After a slow July, the hurricane season began to pick up as August/September is usually the busiest time for tropical storms and hurricanes.
There have a a few storms that have caused cruises to alter itineraries, the most recent being Hurricane Isaac that has made landfall. For the past week, cruise lines have been changing itineraries to keep the ships at a safe distance from the storm. A few cruises were delayed, but none more than a few hours except for Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas.
It is rare that a cruise is canceled due to weather. Cruise lines keep a close eye on the storms and will alter any cruise itineraries necessary to keep the passengers and crew safe. This often means sailing an Eastern Caribbean cruise instead of a Western Caribbean cruise, or vice versa.
For the latest updates on Hurricane Kirk, visit the National Hurricane Center.
Cruise Fever will continue to monitor Hurricane Kirk and will update this page if any cruise lines (Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Disney, Princess) make any changes to itineraries.