Hurricane Florence disrupted sailings out of East Coast
ports this week.
Carnival Cruise Line, which plans to begin seasonal cruising
on the Ecstasy from Charleston on Sept. 16, said
that the Port of Charleston "continues to plan for Sunday operations."
The line said it was monitoring the storm and planned to operate the cruise
assuming that assessments are completed by local authorities and the port is
reopened. It urged passengers on the cruise to opt in to text messages by
texting CCL2 to 278473.
It also plans to operate the Sept. 16 sailing of the
Carnival Pride from Baltimore; passengers can text CCL1 to opt into text
Royal Caribbean, meanwhile, substituted South Florida and
the Bahamas for the Grandeur of the Seas' Sept. 8 cruise to Bermuda, and the
line extended the voyage by keeping the ship in Port Canaveral until Sept. 14.
The ship will then return to its Baltimore homeport on Sept. 16.
The Grandeur's scheduled Sept. 13 departure to New England will
instead depart on Sept. 17 and do a short cruise only to Halifax, Nova Scotia,
and return to Baltimore on Sept. 22.
Norwegian Cruise Line modified the itineraries of the
Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Dawn. According to Twitter posts, the Escape,
which departed from New York Sept. 9, was rerouted from Bermuda to the Bahamas
and South Florida. Norwegian said that the Escape skipped a call in Nassau on
Sept. 13 in order to arrive back in New York on schedule.
The Norwegian Dawn's
Bermuda departure from Boston on Sept. 7 was changed to a Canada/New England
itinerary, with calls in Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia; St. John, New
Brunswick; and Bar Harbor, Maine.