Storm Hermine disrupts three cruise itineraries

Published on : Monday, September 5, 2016

Cruise fireTropical Storm Hermine has affected at least three cruise lines as the weather system moved northeast towards New Jersey and New York over the weekend.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to 70 miles per hour and Hermine is expected to be at or near hurricane strength during the next 48 hours.

The cruise lines which were affected included Norwegian Cruise Line which was forced to change the departure time of Norwegian Breakaway in New York yesterday, while Celebrity Cruises did the same with Celebrity Summit, which departed from Bayonne in New Jersey earlier than planned. Holland America Line’s MS Zuiderdam will skip the port of Halifax in Nova Scotia, Canada, today, and arrive one day ahead of schedule in New York tomorrow, to avoid the storm.

According to the National Hurricane Center, damaging storm surges are expected to continue along the coast today, with Tropical Storm Warning in effect for the coast of Long Island from Fire Island Inlet to Port Jefferson Harbor, New Haven to Sagamore Beach, Block Island, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

Below is the most up-to-date list of itinerary changes and embarkation time changes.
Norwegian Breakaway: The ship will depart New York early, at 1:30 p.m., to avoid the storm’s path.

In a statement the line said: “The safety and security of our guests is our number one priority. We are also closely monitoring the path of Tropical Storm Hermine.

“We ask that our guests plan to arrive early for check-in so that the ship is able to depart on this revised schedule to avoid the storm’s path.”

Celebrity Summit: Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Summit, departing on a 14-night Canada and New England cruise today, will now depart Bayonne early, at 2 p.m. instead of 4 p.m., to avoid the path of Tropical Storm Hermine. Boarding began at 9:30 a.m.

MS Zuiderdam: Holland America Line’s MS Zuiderdam, which left Copenhagen on a 17-night Viking Passage cruise to New York on August 21, will skip the port of Halifax on Monday, to avoid the Tropical Storm Hermine, and arrive in New York on Tuesday.

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