Hurricane Ian fears forced route changes

Hurricane Ian has forced several cruise lines to change their schedules.

Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian and MSC Cruises have updated their itineraries to avoid the hurricane that made landfall in Cuba early Tuesday morning.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Ian is expected to hit Florida’s Gulf Coast and threaten the Fort Myers and Tampa areas.

Norwegian Cruise Lines said it has changed five ports on the Norwegian Sky ship that departed Miami on Sunday, CNN reported.

The cruise schedule had called for the ship to port in George Town, Grand Cayman; Roatan, Honduras; Harvest Caye, Belize; and Cozumel in the western Caribbean. It has now been diverted to San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas.

A spokesman for Norwegian told CNN that those guests will be reimbursed.

MSC, which has diverted its seashore vessel from the western Caribbean to the eastern Caribbean, is also facing itinerary changes to avoid the hurricane, with other vessels potentially affected as well.

MSC Divinia may not be able to return on Thursday depending on conditions, but passengers would not be charged for the extended schedule on the ship.

Carnival Cruise Lines also had to adjust the departures of two cruise ships, Carnival Ecstasy and Carnival Glory, which departed from Mobile, Alabama and New Orleans, respectively.

The Carnival Ecstasy was scheduled for a six-day voyage to Progresso, Mexico, and then on to Cozumel. The cruise line has flipped the port schedule, with the visit to Cozumel scheduled first, the cruise line told CNN. Carnival Glory will now call at Mahogany Bay, Roatan, Belize and Cozumel, as opposed to her planned route to Key West and Freeport and Nassau, Bahamas.

Royal Caribbean will also skip a number of ports. The Allure of the Seas ship will no longer call at Roatan and the Liberty of the Seas ship will no longer call at Cozumel, USA Today said.

“The safety of our guests and crew is our top priority. Our chief meteorologist and response teams are closely monitoring current and developing storms. If our itineraries are impacted, we will contact affected guests as soon as possible,” Royal Caribbean said on its website.

Celebrity Cruises has replaced scheduled stops in Belize and Cozumel on its Celebrity Infinity ship, which departed from Fort Lauderdale on Saturday. Hurricane Ian fears forced route changes

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