Cruise lines including Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean are currently monitoring Hurricane Michael, a hurricane located in the Western Caribbean with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.
Hurricane Michael is expected to gain strength after entering the Gulf of Mexico and become a major hurricane. So far, two cruise lines have modified cruise itineraries on their cruise ships.
Norwegian Cruise Line has altered the itinerary on Norwegian Getaway. The ship will bypass stops in Roatan and Costa Maya and replace them with port stops in Falmouth and Grand Cayman.
Royal Caribbean’s Chief Meteorologist said that “#Michael will continue to bring rain to the Western Caribbean as it tracks in to the Gulf of Mexico. Very few Royal Caribbean International itineraries should be impacted.”
Carnival Cruise Line’s Brand Ambassador John Heald said the following about Carnival’s cruises and Hurricane Michael: “We are keeping a very close watch on Hurricane Michael from our fleet operations center at the Mother Ship in Miami.
We will always keep everyone informed both here and on Carnival’s pages and the Captains will keep everyone informed on board .”
Carnival has made four changes to itineraries so far. Carnival Triumph and Carnival Victory will both sail a reverse itinerary this week. Carnival Freedom and Carnival Glory each skipped ports stops today in Roatan and Grand Cayman and remained at sea.
It is rare that a cruise line will cancel a cruise due to a tropical storm or hurricane. Since cruise ships are mobile, cruise lines will often change the itinerary for a cruise to keep the ship, passengers, and crew out of harms way.
This may mean sailing to the Eastern Caribbean instead of the Western Caribbean. For more information on cruises and hurricanes, read What Happens If There is a Hurricane During My Cruise?.
Cruise Fever will continue to monitor the hurricane and will update this article if more cruise itineraries are impacted from the storm.
For the latest on Hurricane Michael, visit the National Hurricane Center.