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This post was written at 7:00 PM ET on 8/26. At this time the eye of Hurricane Irene is 179 miles from Wilmington, NC.
Impacts to Cruises Departing from the Northeast
Due to the track of the storm, the cruises departing on Saturday 8/27 and Sunday 8/28 from New Jersey, New York, and Baltimore have been the most impacted by Hurricane Irene. Here is the current list of sailings where the departure time or day have been impacted.:
NCL Jewel departing Sat 8/27
Embarkation for the August 27 cruise will commence earlier beginning at 10 am. The ship will depart three hours earlier than scheduled at 1 pm.
NCL Gem orginally scheduled to depart Sun 8/28
As predicted, the Gem will have to stay out at sea an extra day. The NCL Gem will now depart on Monday 8/29. All guests for the August 28 cruise are asked to arrive at the pier on Monday, August 29 beginning at noon.
Celebrity Summit originally scheduled to depart Sun 8/28
Celebrity Summit’s next sailing will now depart on Monday, August 29. Guests scheduled to sail on the Sunday, August 28, sailing of Celebrity Summit should now arrive at Cape Liberty on Monday between 12:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas departing 8/27
Currently, Royal Caribbean has the Explorer of the Seas departing at 4 PM which is an hour early than scheduled. I would monitor this one very closely, I believe it has a good chance to get moved up an hour or two more. Check rccl.com in the morning, and plan on getting to the pier at noon to board.
Holland America Veendam original scheduled to depart on 8/28
The Veendam is coming back a day early on 8/27. And it will let the 8/21 passengers off a day early. Passengers from the 8/21 cruise are able to stay onboard the Veendam until Sunday 8/28 if they choose. The Veendam will accept passengers for the 8/28 sailing on Monday 8/29 from 8AM – 1PM.
Carnival Glory departing NYC on 8/27
NEW Update 7AM ET 8/27: Carnival Cruise Line encourages all guests sailing on the Carnival Glory to make plans to arrive at Pier 88 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Please bear with us as the debarkation process from the previous sailing will be ongoing, but we will do all possible to make you comfortable. The CCL Glory may leave earlier than 3 PM – get to the pier early!
The Carnival Pride originally scheduled for 8/28
The Carnival Pride departing from Baltimore is now scheduled to depart on 8/29. Passengers will need to board between 10am – 2pm.
Caribbean Princess scheduled for 8/27
The Caribbean Princess will start boarding early tomorrow at 10am. They have not announced a departure time yet, so I advise getting there at 10am. They are sending emails to passengers, if you have not received an email contact your travel agent or the cruise line.
Continue to stay in touch with your travel agent – and if you have travel insurance, contact them to go over your options. I will continue to update this page with announcements.
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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 – that’s a long time in internet years.