Airlines, cruise lines alter plans due to Sandy

By Gay Nagle Myers
Many major air carriers have waived cancellation and change fees for travelers headed for Jamaica, Haiti and the Bahamas through Oct. 26 due to Hurricane Sandy, currently packing winds of 75 mph and expected to gain strength prior to landfall in Jamaica mid-day Wednesday.

All flights are cancelled in Jamaica where airports closed in Montego Bay and Kingston Wednesday morning.

Cruise lines also have adjusted itineraries to bypass the storm areas.

Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas is skipping a call at Falmouth, Jamaica, Wednesday and will spend the day at sea.

The Carnival Valor itinerary was adjusted to bypass Montego Bay and Grand Cayman and is heading instead to Costa Maya, Mexico, near the Belize border on Wednesday and to Cozumel, Mexico, on Thursday.

The Carnival Pride is skipping calls at Half Moon Cay and Freeport, Bahamas, on Wednesday and Thursday and is adding a port call at Port Canaveral, Fla., on Friday.

The Carnival Glory also will skip Freeport and add Port Canaveral on Friday.

Sandy is expected to dump heavy rains on Jamaica, Haiti, eastern Cuba and the Bahamas and could produce flooding and mudslides.

The storm is not expected to hit the U.S. at this time, but to veer east of Florida over the open ocean. However, heavy waves and surf are forecast all along the U.S. east coast.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Tony, the 19th storm of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane season, is meandering out in the Atlantic and is not expected to be a threat to land.

For Caribbean and Mexico news, follow Gay Nagle Myers on Twitter @gnmtravelweekly. 
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