Hurricane Irma causes spate of cruise line cancellations

Published on : Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Hurricane Irma cruise line cancellationsCarnival and Disney Cruise Line late Tuesday joined Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line in cancelling its upcoming sailings out of Florida as Hurricane Irma approaches the state.

 
Carnival scrapped Thursday’s departures of the 2,974-passenger Carnival Liberty and Friday’s 2,758-passenger Carnival Victory. The ships are based in Port Canaveral and Miami, respectively, and were both scheduled to sail to The Bahamas.

 
Disney cancelled Saturday’s sailing of the 2,500-passenger Disney Fantasy and the Friday and Monday sailings of the 2,500-passenger Disney Dream. Both vessels are based in Port Canaveral and were also bound for Bahamas.

 
Earlier in the day, Royal Caribbean had cancelled two sailings to Bahamas scheduled to begin on Friday of the 2,350-passenger Majesty of the Seas and the 2,446-passenger Enchantment of the Seas. The vessels are based in Port Canaveral, Fla., and Miami, respectively.

 
Royal Caribbean late Tuesday added Saturday’s voyage of the 1,840-passenger, Tampa-based Empress of the Seas to its list of cancelled departures.

 
Norwegian has cancelled Friday’s departure of the 2,004-passenger Norwegian Sky and Saturday’s departure of the 4,248-passenger Norwegian Escape. Both ships are based in Miami. Saturday’s departure of MSC Cruises’ 3,502-passenger MSC Divina has also been cancelled.

 
The cancellations come as Irma threatens key shipping channels into and out of the cruise industry’s hubs in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Port Canaveral as well as the hubs themselves.

 

In a sign of the industry’s growing concern about Irma’s potential impact, several lines on Tuesday said they would bring Florida-based vessels that currently are in the midst of Caribbean and Bahamas voyages home early in advance of the storm.

 
Vessels heading back to Florida ports ahead of schedule include Norwegian Sky, Norwegian Escape, Disney Fantasy, Disney Dream and MSC Divina.

 
Other ships supposed to return to Florida over the weekend will delay their return to avoid the storm. They include Royal Caribbean’s Florida-based Harmony of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas — the world’s three biggest cruise ships. is the largest cruise ship ever built.

 
Irma is expected to be in the vicinity of Florida by late Sunday. As of 8:00 a.m. ET Wednesday, the storm was about 15 miles west of St. Martin and moving to the west-northwest at 16 miles per hour. The hurricane had maximum sustained winds of 185 miles per hour.

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