Hurricane forces cruise ships to re-route

Carnival and Royal Caribbean vessels get reversed itineraries

The fact that the first named hurricane of the season, Hurricane Irene, has changed course to take a more northerly track is not good news for cruise ship passengers near the Turks & Caicos and Bahamas. With winds that could approach 180 km/h before hitting Florida this coming Thursday or Friday. Carnival Cruise Lines is re-routing Carnival Miracle to spend a day at Grand Turk instead of St Thomas and Tuesday at Half Moon Cay instead of Grand Turk. Carnival Conquest will head west to Mexico instead of the Bahamas and Key West.
Royal Caribbean has adapted four itineraries as Oasis of the Seas reverses its route, going to Cozumel, Mexico, then Jamaica and Haiti, while Freedom of the Seas and Serenade of the Seas also get their callings reversed. Serenade, for example, will visit Aruba on Tuesday, Curacao on Wednesday, St Kitts on Friday and St Thomas on Saturday.