Tropical Storm Gabrielle has regained strength and is on a path near Bermuda tonight and into tomorrow. The storm had previously lost most of its strength after moving over parts of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. TS Gabrielle currently has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and is moving north at 9 knots (10 mph). The storm is not expected to gain enough strength to turn in to a hurricane (74+ mph winds).
The only cruise ship currently in Bermuda is the Norwegian Dawn. The Dawn was scheduled to leave Bermuda this afternoon but due to weather conditions, the ship will remain in port. The ship is now scheduled to leave Bermuda at 9 a.m. on Wednesday if weather conditions have improved. Live Webcam of the Dawn in port in Bermuda
The Norwegian Breakaway is scheduled to dock in Kings Wharf on September 11 and stay in port until September 13.
No other cruise ships are scheduled to arrive in Bermuda until Royal Caribbean’s Granduer of the Seas on September 15. Tropical Storm Gabrielle should have moved far north of Bermuda by the 15th.
Norwegian Cruise Line has not announced any changes to the Breakaway’s itinerary at the time of press. However, there are unconfirmed reports that the ship will arrive in Bermuda on Wednesday afternoon.
So far, 2013 has been a quiet hurricane season and it has been welcomed by cruise lines and cruisers. For only the 2nd time since 1967, there has not been a hurricane form before September 11. However, we are currently in the middle of peak hurricane season and most forecasters expect for things to pick up in September.
For the latest information on TS Gabrielle and other tropical storm/hurricanes that are in the Atlantic/Caribbean, visit the National Hurricane Center.
Cruise Fever will continue to monitor Tropical Storm Gabrielle and will update this page with any information and updates as they come in.