Hurricane Florence scatters East Coast-based cruise ships

Blanche Robertson
September 14, 2018

The unscheduled visit was one of several the large cruise ship has made and will make in the coming days after it was diverted away from Bermuda to avoid hurricane Florence.

Hurricane Florence is expected to cause life-threatening storm surge, destructive winds and massive inland rainfall flooding, local news reports said.

On Monday the US Coast Guard set Port Condition Whiskey for the ports of SC, including Charleston, and for Virginia and Maryland, including the ports of Norfolk and Baltimore. Instead it will call at Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas as well as Port Canaveral, Fla.

Also rerouting to the Bahamas this week instead of Bermuda are two Baltimore-based ships: Royal Caribbean's 2,446-passenger Grandeur of the Seas and Carnival Cruise Line's 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride.

The ship left NY on Sunday, September 9, heading towards the Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas instead of Bermuda's King's Wharf as planned, reports USA Today.

It is due back in NY on Thursday. Carnival Horizon is sailing an eight-day cruise that embarked in New York Sept. 5.

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Hurricane Florence also affected the itineraries of Norwegian Cruise Line's Boston-based Norwegian Dawn and two vessels operated by Oceania Cruises.

More than 4,000 vacationers on Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Escape today find themselves on the way to the Bahamas instead of Bermuda as the vessel steers clear of the storm.

Norwegian Dawn, with a guest capacity of 2,300, was originally supposed to travel to Bermuda, but swept into Halifax on Sunday morning instead - an itinerary change thanks to hurricane Florence.

In addition, to avoid a tropical depression that has grown into Hurricane Isaac-whose forecast now sees the storm moving across the Lesser Antilles and into the Eastern Caribbean on Thursday-Carnival Vista's eight-day itinerary was reversed.

The US Coast Guard set Port Condition Whiskey at 8 p.m. Monday for ports in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

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