Hurricane Irma prompts cruise itinerary alterations

 Monday, September 4, 2017 


irmaHurricane Irma has prompted alterations in a number of cruise itineraries.


For instance, MSC Cruises’ Divina, Allure of the Seas of Royal Caribbean would be changing their routes from an Eastern Caribbean itinerary to a Western Caribbean itinerary.


Allure had departed from Fort Lauderdale today and would be calling in at Cozumel (Mexico), Falmouth (Jamaica) and Ladabee (Haiti), instead of Nassau (Bahams), San Juan (Puerto Rico), and Philipsburg (St. Maarten) as had been originally scheduled.


MSC Divine that was scheduled to set sail today would now be calling at Jamaica’s Montego Bay, Costa Maya in Mexico and Georgetown (Cayman Islands) prior to returning to Miami on 9th September, Saturday.


Hurricane Irma has been classified as a Category 3 Hurricane.


Currently it is heading west at around 15 mph towards the Eastern Caribbean and here it is expected to make landfall early next week.


Royal Caribbean mentioned in a certain statement that all pre-booked shore excursions for their previous ports of calls would be cancelled and refunded to the original form of the guest’s payment while they are onboard. Guests would have to have the ability to book shore excursions for their new ports of call at the Shore Excursions desk onboard Allure of the Seas.


Royal Caribbean said that though they do not intend to make further itinerary alterations, till they confront with any complications in the path of the hurricane.


MSC Cruises issued a statement saying they would keep monitoring the evolution of the hurricane and keep the travellers informed. They added that the pre-paid excursions would be credited to their onboard account and they would have the option to apply to this credit to an excursion in the new ports or get a refund.


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