Her’e’s the latest on Carnival Ecstasy, which is trying to get back to its port in Charleston, South Carolina.
From Carnival: “The Port of Charleston is now closed to inbound traffic. The Port continues to plan for possible Sunday operations. We are monitoring Hurricane Florence’s path and working closely with the Port. As of now, our plan is to operate the sailing on Sunday, assuming the post storm assessments have been completed by the local authorities and the port has re-opened to inbound traffic. We strongly encourage our guests to focus on their safety and security.”
Hurricane Florence and Tropical Storm Isaac are forcing changes to cruise ship itineraries.
Hurricane Florence, now a Category 2 storm, is set to make landfall along the coast of North and South Carolina early Friday. The cruise ship changes, first reported by Cruise Critic, include:
Norwegian Escape, which departed from New York City on Sept. 9, skipped a stop in Bermuda in lieu of visits to Port Canaveral in Orlando and Great Stirrup Cay, the line’s private island. Norwegian Dawn, which left from Boston Sept. 7, also skipped Bermuda and replaced it with a Canadian and New England itinerary.
Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas departed from Baltimore on Sept. 8. Its route was changed from Bermuda to the Bahamas. The ship was set to return to Baltimore on Thursday but is instead being held at Port Canaveral and is expected to be back no later than Sunday.
Carnival Pride, which left Baltimore on Sept. 9, swapped its Bermuda itinerary for a Bahamas and Caribbean one. The Carnival Horizon was set to visit Bermuda this Saturday but has been rerouted. It plans to arrive in New York as scheduled on Sept. 13. Carnival Ecstasy is scheduled to return to Charleston, South Carolina, Sunday though arrival is subject to delay. The Ecstasy is set to leave against Sunday afternoon, depending on conditions and if the Port of Charleston, which has been closed since Thursday, reopens.
Tropical Storm Isaac
Tropical Storm Isaac is currently located about 50 miles southwest of Dominica with winds of 45 mph. The storm is expected to weaken as it moves into the Caribbean, though forecasters said it’s possible Isaac will strengthen some as it continues its track.
Carnival Cruise Line officials said they are “actively” monitoring the storm
“The safety of our guests and crew is our number one priority and our ships will remain a safe distance from the storms at all times. In the event any changes are necessary to these upcoming departures, we will update our guests accordingly,” the company said.
The Carnival Valor, Carnival Freedom and Carnival Breeze, all homeported in Galveston, Texas, plan to depart and operate as scheduled, the company said.
Carnival’s Vista and Princess Cruise’s Caribbean Princess both altered recent itineraries due to Isaac, which briefly reached hurricane level last week.