Tropical Storm Emily Cruise Update:
2:45 PM ET. Currently, Tropical Storm Emily is about 630 miles from Nassau, Bahamas, dumping large amounts of rain on Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Current wind speeds are about 50 miles per hour.
The IZEA company retreat cruise booked by CruiseDeals is leaving on the Carnival Destiny out of Miami today [so we’ve been watching this one closely]. The Carnival Destiny is planned itinerary is to be in Key West tomorrow morning and in Cozumel on Saturday. Cruise Ships departing today and tomorrow with Western Itineraries look like they will not be impacted by Tropical Storm Emily.
I just got word that the Carnival Sensation has changed it’s itinerary. The Carnival Sensation departing Port Canaveral today will now call on Freeport, Bahamas instead of Nassau, Bahamas. The Sensation is the only new change that I could find for Carnival. [update as of 5:00 PM ET – TS Emily stalling will allow the Carnival Sensation to go to Nassau as originally scheduled]
Royal Caribbean’s latest update:
“Given Tropical Storm Emily’s current location and projected path, Royal Caribbean has not altered the itineraries of any ship that departs today, tomorrow, Saturday or Sunday. Royal Caribbean will continue to closely monitor weather conditions and will update this information again today, August 4, at 7:00 p.m. E.S.T.”
Looking at the storm track and the itineraries for the Monarch of the Seas & the Majesty of the Seas, I would not be surprised if those itineraries get slightly modified.
Norwegian Cruise Line is currently reporting no changes to itineraries.[box]Cruising during Hurricane Season? Stay in the know – Subscribe to CruiseSource[/box]
Due to unpredictability of the storms, the cruise lines make itinerary changes last minute. They all state that when looking at itinerary changes, the safety of passengers and crew is their number one concern. We will continue to keep you posted on changes to itineraries.
Cruising during hurricane season is much better than going to an island for a land based vacation. The ships change itineraries so that your vacation is not completely ruined. If you are vacationing on a Caribbean Island and hurricane is headed your way, then you have to fly home or take a big risk to stick it out. On Cruise, the ship avoids the hurricane. Buying Travel Insurance is highly recommended for those cruising July – Oct.
Do you have a question about cruising during hurricane season, or a about a specific ship’s impacts please leave it in the comments. If you get reports of an itinerary being impacted, please share that too. Thank you!
Post written by Rich Tucker, he’s been covering hurricane and tropical storm impacts to cruise itineraries for CruiseSource since 2008. Rich enjoys cruising during hurricane season because of the awesome deals.
UPDATE Thurs. Aug 4th 11:00 PM ET: Tropical Storm Emily has been downgraded to Tropical Depression Emily
- Royal Caribbean states due to dissipation that they will not alter anymore itineraries due to Emily.