Due to Hurricane Florence, one cruise port will be closed for the next three days and is currently scheduled to reopen on Sunday.
The Port of Charleston has announced that they will be closed on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Hurricane Florence, a Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 125 mph, is expected to reach the Carolina coast late Thursday or early Friday.
Carnival Cruise Line has one cruise ship scheduled to arrive in Charleston on Sunday. Carnival Ecstacy is scheduled for a six night cruise to Bermuda from the port. Carnival issued an update on their website saying that the current status of this cruise is “will operate as scheduled”. The cruise line is offering text alerts for this sailing by texting CCL2 to 278473.
If Carnival Cruise Line does need to make an adjustment to this sailing, they will have updates on their website and through the text alerts.
In the latest update from the South Carolina Ports Authority on Hurricane Florence, they said that vessel and gate operations are possible on Sunday for Charleston. This is depending on storm track and conditions.
It is rare that a cruise line will cancel a cruise due to a hurricane or tropical storm. For more information on cruises and hurricanes, read “What happens if there is a hurricane during my cruise?“.
Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 125 mph. For the latest on the hurricane, there’s no better place to visit than the National Hurricane Center.