Hurricane Sandy - Monday Updates

| Monday, 29 Oct. 2012

File photo of Hurricane at sea

Hurricane Season brings at least a handful of storms every year, but typically the storm take a narrow track either directly west or northwest, and slow down by the time they pass over Cuba or hit the Yucatan Peninsula.

But the particular track taken by Hurricane Sandy is one of the worst as far as the cruise industry is concerned, because it almost directly northward trajectory over Cuba has it moving past all of the major cruise home ports on the East Coast; Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Port Canaveral, Charleston South Carolina, Baltimore and New York City.

All together, this storm is affecting the homes of 60 million people, especially since it is currently projected to make a sharp left turn and make landfall on the coast of New Jersey. But it also has a track 500 miles wide, meaning it will also bring a large storm surge to New York City and all of the Jersey shore towns from Atlantic City to Weehawken.

Norwegian Cruise Lines Right Now

Monday, October 29, 2012 at 11 am ET At Norwegian Cruise Line, the safety and security of our guests and crew is of the utmost importance. Therefore, the company is closely monitoring the path of Hurricane Sandy and is modifying the following itineraries: The Port of New York is currently closed. The Coast Guard has not yet determined when it will re-open the Port. Therefore, Norwegian Gem will remain at sea today. Guests scheduled to sail on Norwegian Gem are asked to stay at home and not come to the terminal as it is closed. At this time, we anticipate that, with the current forecast of the storm's path, the ship could potentially embark guests on Wednesday, October 31. We expect a further update today at 5 pm. Guests should continue to check ncl.com for the latest information or call 800-327-7030 if they need assistance.
  • Norwegian Jewel is en route to Port Canaveral, Florida and will arrive as scheduled on Tuesday, October 30.
  • Norwegian Dawn is in Halifax, Nova Scotia today and will overnight there.
  • Guests on board these vessels will be kept up to date by the ship's Captain. We appreciate our guests' understanding and patience.
  • Carnival Cruise Line Report

    HURRICANE SANDY UPDATE - 12:30PM - 10/28/12 We continue monitoring the forecasted path of Hurricane Sandy and keeping in close contact with port officials. As always the safety of our guests and crew is our number one concern and our ships will maintain a safe distance from the storm at all times.

    CARNIVAL SENSATION - 10/28/12 DEPARTURE - NOW SCHEDULED TO SAIL ON 10/29/12 The Carnival Sensation is experiencing a significant delay due to rough weather conditions caused by Hurricane Sandy. Our scheduled 4 day cruise will now operate on Monday as a 3 day cruise.

    Check-in for your cruise will take place on Monday, October 29 from 11:00AM - 2:00PM and sailing is set for 3:00PM. Please do not proceed to the cruise terminal today.

    Our revised itinerary is as follows:

    Day Port of Call Arrive Depart
    Mon Port Canaveral, FL 3:00PM
    Tues Nassau, The Bahamas 10:00AM 7:00PM
    Wed Freeport, The Bahamas 8:00AM 5:00PM
    Thurs Port Canaveral, FL 8:00AM

    As a result of this change, guests will receive:

  • One day pro-rated cruise fare refund (processed within the next 2 weeks t
  • original form of payment)
  • Gratuities will also be adjusted to reflect the shortened voyage.

    For further updates, text CCL6 to CRUISE (278473).

    We sincerely regret the inconvenience this has caused. However, please do not proceed to the cruise terminal today.

    CARNIVAL MIRACLE - 10/29/12 DEPARTURE NOW SCHEDULED TO DEPART SUNDAY 10/28/12

    The port is expected to close at 6:00PM on Sunday. In an effort to continue with the cruise and keep safely away from the storm, the cruise will now depart on Sunday, October 28. Check-in is scheduled from 2:00PM to 4:00PM, and sailing is set for 5:00 PM from Pier 90.

    Due to the short notice, we were unable to reschedule the delivery of our supplies (food, beverages, etc.) that was planned for Monday. Unfortunately, we will need to change our itinerary so that we can receive our provisions at the first port. Below is the revised itinerary:

    Nassau, The Bahamas 11:00 AM 8:00 PM
    Day Port of Call Arrive Depart
    Sun New York, NY 5:00 PM
    Mon Fun Day @ Sea
    Tue Fun Day @ Sea
    Wed Port Canaveral, FL 7:00 AM 6:00 PM
    Thu
    Fri Fun Day @ Sea
    Sat Grand Turk 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
    Sun Fun Day @ Sea
    Mon Fun Day @ Sea
    Tue New York, NY 8:00 AM

    Guests who sail will be treated to complimentary gratuities for the extra day and will be reimbursed for any additional parking expenses at the port.

    If you are unable to sail, please contact us at 1800 CARNIVAL.

    For updates, text CCL4 to CRUISE (278473).

    CARNIVAL DREAM - 10/27/12 DEPARTURE NOW SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY 10/28/12 The Carnival Dream is now scheduled to dock in Port Canaveral on Sunday, October 28. Our scheduled 7 day cruise will be shortened to a 6 day cruise visiting Cozumel, Belize and Costa Maya. Unfortunately, this means we will cancel our call in Isla Roatan. Check-in for your cruise is now scheduled on Sunday, October 28, 2012 from 1:30PM to 3:30PM, and sailing is set for 4:00PM at Terminal 6. For updates, text CCL2 to CRUISE (278473).

    As a result of this change, guests will receive:

  • One day pro-rated cruise fare refund
  • Refund of the government fees and taxes for Isla Roatan
  • Pre-paid shore excursions purchased for Isla Roatan will be automatically refunded
  • Gratuities will also be adjusted to reflect the shortened voyage

    CARNIVAL ECSTASY - 10/27/12 DEPARTURE NOW SCHEDULED TO DEPART 10/28/12 The Carnival Ecstasy is now scheduled to dock in Port Canaveral on Sunday, October 28. Our scheduled 5 day cruise will be shortened to a 4 day cruise visiting Nassau and Freeport. Unfortunately, this means we will cancel our call in Key West. Check-in for your cruise is now scheduled on Sunday, October 28, 2012 from 11:00AM to 3:00PM, and sailing is set for 4:00PM at Terminal 3. For updates, text CCL3 to CRUISE (278473).

    As a result of this change, guests will receive:
  • One day pro-rated cruise fare refund
  • Refund of government fees and taxes for Key West
  • Pre-paid shore excursions purchased for Key West will be automatically refunded
  • Gratuities will also be adjusted to reflect the shortened voyage

    CARNIVAL GLORY - 10/28/12 DEPARTURE HAS BEEN CANCELED Due to the storm, high winds and tidal flooding are expected in the Norfolk area. The Norfolk cruise terminal is positioned behind a major flood gate in the city which will likely close during the day tomorrow. When this happens, there will be no access to the cruise terminal. We are sorry to say that we have no alternative but to cancel the 10/28 cruise. Refunds will be processed to the original form of payment within the next 2 weeks.

    We know how much our guests were looking forward to this getaway and regret the disappointment this has caused. We look forward to welcoming you on board on another Fun Ship in the near future.

    CARNIVAL PRIDE - 10/28 DEPARTURE - CANCELED The US Coast Guard has just made us aware that we will not be able to depart from the Chesapeake Bay. At this time, it is uncertain when this restriction will be lifted. We respect the Coast Guard's decision and since we do not know when we will be cleared to sail, we will not be able to operate this cruise.

    Guests will be provided with a full refund (within two weeks to the form of payment) and a 25% future cruise discount. Parking expenses will be refunded as they leave the parking facility. Should guests need a hotel room for this evening, please have them contact a Guest Logistics team member in the terminal. We will also cover $30 per person for dinner this evening. Receipts to be submitted to guestcare@carnival.com.

    We are sorry for the disappointment this has caused.

    There are no changes expected for any other sailings departing this weekend. In the event we need to make a deviation to a future itinerary, we will update our guests.

  • Princess Cruises Hurricane Sandy Updates:

    Hurricane Sandy Updates

    Caribbean Princess Voyage B237 4-day cruise Updated as of October 26, 2012 at 10pm PDT

    We look forward to welcoming our passengers onboard Saturday. As we previously communicated, we made the decision to cancel our call to Bermuda to avoid the worst of the storm with predicted strong winds and high swells. While we make every effort to sail our itineraries as originally planned, the safety and security of our passengers and crew is our highest priority and this decision, while disappointing, is necessary.

    We currently expect that we will enjoy a call to Boston, Massachusetts during this cruise. The exact timing of our call will be confirmed once passengers are onboard and is dependent upon weather conditions. The Shore Excursions team will have information on tour descriptions, times, and prices available at the Shore Excursions Desk once the timing of the call is determined.

    For those who purchased Princess Vacation Protection and would like to review their options, please contact your travel agent or Princess for additional information. We have limited availability on other ships and itineraries.

    For those passengers who are driving to the pier, we have been advised that the parking area at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal is prone to flooding. For our passengers who were planning to drive and park at the pier, it is strongly recommended that instead of parking at the pier you make alternative arrangements.

    We will continue to provide updates on Princess.com as more information becomes available.

    Emerald Princess Voyage E229 12-day cruise Updated as of October 27, 2012 at Noon PDT

    Passengers joined Emerald Princess yesterday in Quebec to begin their 12-day cruise ending in Ft. Lauderdale on November 7. Due to the presence of Hurricane Sandy and the impact it will have on the New England area, the port calls to Bar Harbor, Boston and Newport R have been cancelled. Port calls to Port Saguenay and Corner Brook have been added.

    The revised itinerary is as follows:

    Saturday October 27 Quebec depart 6:00pm
    Sunday October 28 Port Saguenay 7:00am - 4:00pm
    Monday October 29 at Sea
    Tuesday October 30 Corner Brook 8:00am - 5:00pm
    Wednesday October 31 Sydney 7:00am - 4:00pm
    Thursday November 1 Halifax 7:00am - 4:00pm
    Friday November 2 at Sea
    Saturday November 3 New York 7:15am - 5:00p
    Sunday November 4 at Sea
    Monday November 5 Charleston 9:00am - 6:00pm
    Tuesday November 6 at Sea
    Wednesday November 7 Ft. Lauderdale 7:00am

    We will continue to provide updates on Princess.com as more information becomes available.

    Ruby Princess Voyage R232 7-day cruise Updated as of October 26, 2012 at 5 pm PDT

    We look forward to welcoming our passengers onboard on Sunday October 28. We continue to monitor the after effects of Hurricane Sandy in the Bahamas. As we previously communicated, we made the decision to cancel our call to Princess Cays. As Princess Cays is a tender port, the predicted strong winds and high seas will make it impossible to carry out a safe tender operation. We do not anticipate any additional changes to our itinerary due to Hurricane Sandy. While we make every effort to sail our itineraries as originally planned, the safety and security of our passengers and crew is our highest priority and this decision, while disappointing, is necessary.

    For those who purchased Princess Vacation Protection and would like to review their options, please contact your travel agent or Princess for additional information. We have limited availability on other ships and itineraries.

    Royal Caribbean Hurricane Sandy Update:

    Tropical Weather Update

    October 29, 2012 10:00 a.m. E.S.T

    Royal Caribbean International continues to closely monitor the path and progress of Hurricane Sandy to ensure guests enjoy safe and comfortable cruises, and to make certain our ships steer clear of the storm. The safety of our guests and crew is always our foremost concern.

    Brilliance of the Seas

    Brilliance of the Seas cancelled its call to Bar Harbor, Maine, for Tuesday, October 30. Instead, the ship called to St. John, New Brunswick, today, as scheduled, and will remain in port until Tuesday. This will provide the ship with the most shelter from the weather and ensure a safe and comfortable experience for all guests and crew onboard.

    Enchantment of the Seas

    Enchantment of the Seas will be unable to call on Kings Wharf, Bermuda, as originally scheduled. Instead, the ship sailed out to sea in an effort to try to find the calmest seas possible.

    Jewel of the Seas

    Given Hurricane Sandy's current location and projected path, Jewel of the Seas did not depart Boston, Massachusetts, yesterday, as scheduled, but will remain docked in port until Tuesday, October 30. Due to the delayed departure from Boston, Jewel of the Seaswill sail a revised itinerary.

    Monarch of the Seas

    Monarch of the Seas will call to CocoCay, Bahamas, on Thursday, November 1, instead of on Tuesday, October 30, as originally scheduled.

    If you have not done so already, we strongly suggest all guests complete their online check-in as soon as possible, including the section on your preferred method of contact while traveling. You can access online check-in at www.royalcaribbean.com/onlinecheckin

    Royal Caribbean will continue to closely monitor weather conditions and will update this information again tomorrow, October 30, at 10:00 a.m. E.S.T.

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