The storm passed 20 miles west of Cozumel and was a far cry from the category 3 hurricane that many had feared would hit. The storm was a tropical storm when it reached land and quickly weakened to a depression. The storm is expected to move to the west and then south further weakening before bringing the heavy rain and moderate winds to Belize/Guatemala/Honduras.
Hurricane Rina has just been downgraded to a tropical storm by the National Hurricane Center with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. Tropical Storm Rina, the 17th named storm in the Atlantic this year, was expected to become a major hurricane but has now weakened. Officials are closely monitoring the storm for the latest predictions.
Rina is currently 50 miles south of Cozumel and moving north at 7 mph. The resort towns of Cancun, Cozumel, and Costa Maya are under a tropical storm warning over the next few days as the storm is expected to begin moving to the north. At this time, the storm is expected to make a direct hit on Cozumel on Thursday evening, although storms can be unpredictable in their movement. The hurricane is expected to be downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it reaches Cozumel. The Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Spirit, Norwegian Star, and Allure of the Seas are currently scheduled to be in the port of Cozumel on Friday. Changes to those itineraries are likely unless the storm suddenly moves eastward.
Carnival has already changed the itinerary of 8 cruise ships. The Carnival Inspiration will be visiting Cozumel on Monday and Progresso, Mexico on Tuesday. The ship was originally going to be in Grand Cayman on Monday and Cozumel on Tuesday. The Imagination will be calling on the port of Nassau instead of Cozumel. Several other ships will visit Cozumel early and then get out of the way of the storm. The Liberty, Legend, Freedom, Valor, Destiny, and Triumph will be sailing altered routes. Visit Carnival.com for the latest updates on changes.
Norwegian Cruise Line issued the following statement on Tuesday afternoon: “At Norwegian Cruise Line, the safety and security of our guests and crew is of the utmost importance. Therefore, the company is closely monitoring the path of Hurricane Rina. Depending on the speed and path of the storm, we may have to alter some itineraries. Guests onboard will be notified and NCL.com will be updated if any changes are made.”
We will keep you updated on changes from the cruise lines Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Norwegian, Princess, Holland America, MSC and others as they are announced.
Due to the unpredictability of hurricanes and tropical storms, please visit the National Hurricane Center at www.nhc.noaa.gov for the latest updates on the storm.
Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30, with the peak being in August and September. It is always good to have Travel Insurance, especially during hurricane season.