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Hurricane Irene has winds of 80 MPH and is headed toward one of my favorite islands, Turks and Caicos. Yesterday, Hurricane Irene forced Carnival Victory departing from San Juan to leave 4 hours early to get out before the storm arrived. Due to the storm, Carnival Victory will not be calling on St Thomas as originally planned.
Hurricane Irene Impacts Bahamas Cruise Itineraries
Looking at the projected path of Hurricane Irene, it appears to me that there will be some impact to Bahamas Itineraries for this week’s sailings for the Majesty of the Seas, Monarch of the Seas, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Imagination, Carnival Destiny, Carnival Fascination, and NCL Sky. Many of these ships are departing today, Monday August 22nd. As of now, no itinerary changes have been announced to these above mentioned ships by the cruise lines… and they will wait to make changes because the exact path of these Hurricane’s is unpredictable. The cruise lines monitor hurricanes closely and all of their decision are based on whats safest for the passengers and crew.
In StormPulse’s most likely path of Hurricane Irene puts her in Charleston on Saturday, giving the Carnival Fantasy just enough time to get out on Friday for her 6-night Bermuda voyage.
I recommend for those of you departing on Friday, August 26th from Miami, Tampa, Port Canaveral, and Jacksonville, Florida to check-in Wednesday to see where Irene is at that time and to see the latest projected path. As I have for every major hurricane since 2008, I will keep you up to date with announcements from the cruise lines about itinerary changes due to Hurricane Irene.[box] Stay on top of the Storm, Click to Subscribe to CruiseSource [/box]
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Post written by Rich Tucker, he’s been covering hurricane and tropical storm impacts to cruise itineraries for CruiseSource since 2008. You’ll find Rich cruising during hurricane season because he can’t resist the awesome deals.