PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Hurricane Bonnie appears likely to skirt
the central-north Florida coast on its way to the Carolinas, but
heavy winds and high waves could force the closure of the cruise
Carnival Cruise Lines' Fantasy and Royal Caribbean
International's Nordic Empress were due to return to Port Canaveral
early on Aug. 27, after operating four-night sailings to the
Bahamas. Disney Cruise Line's Disney Magic and Premier Cruises' Big
Red Boat were due to return Aug. 28, also from the Bahamas.
Carnival and Royal Caribbean said it was too early to announce
any contingency plans. Miami-based ships operating earlier this
week altered course, changed itineraries or shifted the order of
port calls to avoid the storm.
Tourism inquiries were reported coming in to North and South
Carolina coastal resort areas. "We are fine now, but we are
tracking [Bonnie]," a spokeswoman for North Carolina's Outer Banks
Meanwhile, Caribbean officials were watching Danielle, the
fourth tropical storm of the season. Latest reports placed
Hurricane Danielle about 1,000 miles east of the Lesser Antilles,
which include Anguilla and St. Barts.