Service on rails starts to come back
WASHINGTON -- Amtrak began restoring limited train service to Florida Sept. 7 as it continued to assess the impact Hurricane Frances had on its system.
Amtrak said the Palmetto would run between New York and Jacksonville, Fla., with no alternate transportation available south of Jacksonville. Continuation of the train south of Jacksonville to Tampa and Miami is not yet possible, Amtrak said.
In addition, Amtrak made the following changes:
" Service on the Silver Star (Train 91) and the Silver Meteor (Train 97), traveling from New York to Miami, Sept. 8 is canceled, traveling from New York to Miami. No alternate transportation is available.
" The Auto Train (Train 53), which travels between Lorton, Va., to Sanford, Fla., is canceled.
" The Sunset Limited (Train 1), which is scheduled to depart Sept. 7 and 9 from Orlando, will instead originate in New Orleans.
" Also, Amtrak said it added capacity to its Carolinian trains to and from New York and Charlotte trains in order to accommodate passengers unable to travel to and from the Carolinas on the Florida services.
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MIAMI -- Frances
may have left Florida, but the cruise industry here will feel the
hurricanes aftereffects throughout the week -- particularly for
those ships departing from Port Canaveral.
The port remained
closed to vessel traffic until further notice, according to a
message posted on its Web site (www.portcanaveral.org); a message from the port said
administrative offices were expected to reopen Sept. 8.
Lines, however, said in a statement Sept. 7 that the port would not
be ready to receive ships on Sept. 9. The line said it would keep
the Fantasy in Miami and embark its Sept. 9 three-day Bahamas
cruise from there.
The Fantasy, which
offers three- and four-day cruises to the Bahamas from Port
Canaveral, disembarked passengers in Miami on Sept. 7, after
spending two extra days at sea riding out the storm. The Sept. 5
cruise from Miami was canceled.
canceled the two-day Fantasy voyage that was to depart Miami Sept.
7 and return to Port Canaveral on Sept. 9. The Carnival Miracle,
meanwhile, came into Miami three days late. The seven-day cruise
originally scheduled to depart Port Canaveral on Sept. 5 was
modified to a four-day cruise from Miami departing Sept.
International also ended the Mariner of the Seas cruise in Miami;
the ships voyage had been extended two days. The Mariner is to
depart Miami on a modified five-day cruise and will return to Miami
on Sept. 12. The Sovereign of the Seas four-day sailing on Sept. 6
Disney Cruise Line,
which homeports both its ships at Port Canaveral, diverted
disembarkations on the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder to Fort
Lauderdale. Both ships arrived Sept. 7; the Magic, which normally
operates seven-day sailings, was to sail back out on a modified
The Disney Wonder's Sept. 5 cruise was canceled; the ship's
three-day cruise scheduled to depart from Port Canaveral on Sept. 9
will instead depart from Fort Lauderdale. Disney Cruise Line said
it is inspecting its navigation channel and docking facilities in
Castaway Cay, its private Bahamian island, including its navigation
channel and docking facilities.
Each cruise line
said it was providing transportation to and from the ships to the
parking garages in Port Canaveral and to Orlando International
Airport while Port Canaveral is closed.
the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Rebecca Tobin
at [email protected].