MSC, Carnival, Royal Caribbean cruises disrupted by Hurricane Dorian

Major cruise lines have informed customers of changes to their itineraries as Hurricane Dorian approaches the Florida coastline.

MSC Seaside (IMO 9745366) will return earlier than scheduled to Miami and ride out the hurricane Dorian at sea. The call at Nassau on August 30th was skipped. The ship headed back to Miami which was barred to ships from August 31st. Passengers could disembark between 08:00 and 09:00 or if they wished stay on board while the ship returned to sea to ride out the storm.

Other homeports and ships affected are:

CHARLESTON

Carnival Sunshine

There was a possibility that Carnival Sunshine may not be able to return to Charleston on Monday. If the port is closed, the ship will be in position to dock as soon as the authorities have reopened the port.

FORT LAUDERDALE (PORT EVERGLADES)

JACKSONVILLE

PORT CANAVERAL

Carnival Elation itinerary was under evaluation.

Carnival Liberty: Visit to Nassau shortened to 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturday.

Carnival Liberty itinerary was under evaluation.

There was a possibility that Carnival Elation and Carnival Liberty would not be able to return to Port Canaveral on Monday. If the port is closed, the ships will be in position to dock as soon as the authorities have reopened the port.

PORT MIAMI

Carnival Horizon itinerary was under evaluation.

Carnival Sensation now visiting Grand Turk on September 2nd, Half Moon Cay on September 3rd and Nassau on September 4th.

Carnival Victory Visit to Nassau replaced with a visit to Key West on Saturday.

Carnival Victory itinerary was under evaluation.

There was a possibility that Carnival Victory may not be able to return to Miami on Monday. If the port is closed, the ship will be in position to dock as soon as the authorities have reopened the port.

TAMPA

Carnival Paradise Departure on August 31st departure time changed.

Carnival Miracle. In anticipation of a potential port closure on Sunday, itinerary changed to an eight-day sailing, departing on Saturday evening. Guests who cannot travel on the extended duration may cancel and receive a future cruise credit.

Royal Caribbean said that “we have been closely monitoring Hurricane Dorian and multiple of our itineraries will be impacted”, adding that “along with our Chief Meteorologist, James Van Fleet, we’re reviewing data hourly to understand the impact to our ships in the affected areas.”

CocoCay closed on Wednesday  August 28th and plans to reopen on Wednesday, September 4th, for the safety of Royal Caribbean employees on land, who are being evacuated.

The following sailings were impacted by Hurricane Dorian:

  • Navigator
  • Mariner
  • Empress
  • Harmony
  • Allure
  • Majesty
  • Symphony

Meanwhile, Carnival Dream (IMO 9378474) cancelled its scheduled call in Progreso, Mexico, on August 27th 2019, as it had suffered a technical issue related to the maximum cruising speed. The damage has impacted the final part of the five-day cruise out of Galveston, Texas. The ship had sailed from Cozumel on Aug 27 and was expected back in Galveston on Aug 29.

2017-built, Malta-flagged, 153,516 gt MSC Seaside is owned by Compania Naviera Seaside care of MSC Crociere SpS of Naples, Italy. ISM manager is MSC Cruise Management UK Ltd of Uxbridge, UK. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Smuab) (European syndicate) on behalf of CNS Compania Naviera Seaside 1 SA.

2009-built, Panama-flagged, 128,251 gt Carnival Dream is owned by Carnival Cruise Line care of Carnival Corp of Florida, USA. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Smuab) (Americas Syndicate) on behalf of Carnival Corp. It is also entered with UK Club (Area Group Americas G7) on behalf of Carnival Corp.