Cruise lines change itineraries due to Hurricane Matthew

As Hurricane Matthew barreled through the Caribbean on Monday as a Category 4 storm, cruise lines altered itineraries and airlines began to cancel flights to Haiti and Jamaica.  

The Carnival Pride departed Baltimore on Saturday and headed north to New York and Canada instead of south to the Caribbean. Several other Carnival ships  are heading to Key West and Cozumel this week instead of to the Bahamas.

Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas and Majesty of the Seas are skipping Bahamas calls this week, opting for Cozumel, San Juan and Key West.

Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Disney Cruise Line also have modified calls this week, skipping the Bahamas for Key West and Cozumel. The Island Princess is visiting Grand Cayman instead of Aruba.

Aruba, normally out of the hurricane belt, is experiencing rough seas and high surf and some coastal flooding.

Airlines waived change fees through Oct. 6 for flights headed to eastern Cuba, Haiti, the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos.

The storm could be catastrophic for Haiti, where there is a lack of trees due to deforestation.

In Jamaica, the storm could be the most severe since Hurricane Gilbert killed 40 people in 1988.

Matthew is predicted to dump up to 25 inches of rain in some areas, producing mudslides, storm surges and flooding.

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