Hurricane Katrina continues to alter cruise plans

MIAMI -- Fort Lauderdales Port Everglades reopened to daytime vessel traffic Aug. 26 afternoon but the Port of Miami remained closed following the landfall of Hurricane Katrina here.

Meanwhile, Carnival Cruise Lines altered the Aug. 28 departure of the Carnival Miracle, pulling the ship from Tampa to avoid running into Hurricane Katrina.

The ship will depart instead from Fort Lauderdale and will end, as scheduled, on Sept. 4 in Tampa. Passengers are asked to proceed to Tampa for embarkation, and Carnival will provide bus transportation from Tampa to Fort Lauderdale between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Carnival said it is working to switch flights for passengers who purchased air through the cruise line. 

Royal Caribbean International also urged visitors to check its tropical weather update Web page, accessible at, for news on voyages of the Majesty of the Seas and the Navigator of the Seas, which are scheduled to arrive in Miami on Aug. 27.

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