Cruise lines altering course

Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva

Cruise lines are on the alert for Hurricane Dorian which is suspected to blast into Florida this weekend. There have been many changes that you should be aware of if you are scheduled to cruise Florida or the Caribbean soon.

Royal Caribbean is closing its private Bahamian island, CocoCay. It will be reopen on September 4. The line announced the Mariner of the Seas will stop in Nassau instead. It is also deploying the Empress of the Seas to Cozumel in lieu of CocoCay. Passengers will get a day at sea to substitute for the private island stop.

Symphony of the Seas is also impacted. She will dock in Nassau tomorrow instead of CocoCay.
Royal Caribbean is updating its changes at royalcaribbean.com/cruise-ships/itinerary-updates.

Carnival is also doing some re-routing sending the Breeze to sea in lieu of a scheduled stop in San Juan, PR instead of her planned stop in Grand Turk. She will also go to Amber Cove this Saturday skipping San Juan.

Carnival Magic is staying afloat. She won’t be doing a planned stop in Amber Cover and will head for Nassau. The ship returns to Fort Lauderdale on Saturday.

Norwegian Cruise Line cancelled calls to its private island Great Stirrup Cay for Norwegian Sky Aug. 30 and Norwegian Sun Aug. 31.

Disney Cruise Lines has changed direction for Fantasy to the western Caribbean. She will no longer dock at Tortola or St. Thomas but bypass them for Grand Cayman and Cozumel.

Most airlines are waiving cancellation and change fees for people flying to hurricane impacted areas. Double check with your carrier.

There will most likely be more changes afloat and we will update you as they come in. Stay tuned.

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