Hurricane Irma is sending the cruise industry’s Caribbean-based fleet scattering, as the region prepares for what could be one of the worst storms to make landfall in recent memory.

UPDATED 09/06/2017 7:54AM PST/10:54AM EST – The number of voyages cancelled/shortened or rerouted continues to grow as Irma makes its way west across the Caribbean. See below for full details.

Worse, the National Hurricane Center is currently tracking two other potentially serious storm fronts: Tropical Storm Jose, which is spooling up in the mid-Atlantic; and Tropical Depression THIRTEEN, which has formed rapidly this afternoon off the east coast of Mexico.

This outlook isn’t great: Hurricane Irma, Tropical Storm Jose, and Tropical Depression THIRTEEN are shown in this graphic from the National Hurricane Center taken on the afternoon of September 5, 2017. Image: NOAA

In addition to the dangers posed by Hurricane Irma, Tropical Depression THIRTEEN could also bring about serious issues for the cruise industry, which has, to this point, been re-routing some previously-scheduled Eastern Caribbean cruises to the Western Caribbean. And, with Tropical Storm Jose making its way in from the eastern Atlantic, it is reasonable to expect disruptions to flights, cruises and other modes of transportation in the Caribbean for the forseeable future.

The predicted path of Hurricane Irma as of September 5, 2017. Image: NOAA

If you are scheduled to travel to or cruise from any of the affected areas in the current path of Hurricane Irma, you should continue to keep in contact with your airline and cruise line directly, via the web, and via social media to keep informed of any last-minute changes. With the recent devastation in Houston and Texas as a result of flooding brought on by Hurricane Harvey serving as a road map, it’s fair to bet on significant disruptions over the next few weeks in the Caribbean.

Below is a list of lines that are currently re-routing, delaying, or outright cancelling sailings. It is by no means comprehensive, and you should always double-check with your cruise line to determine if your sailing is going ahead. Keep in mind that your cruise line will likely know as little as you right now; until Irma makes landfall, it will be impossible to come up with concrete answers for many sailings.

It is also worth keeping in touch with your airline; even if your cruise does go ahead, airport infrastructure could be damaged during the resulting storm. Compensation for delayed and cancelled cruises is being provided per each line’s policies.

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line

  • Grand Celebration, September 8 Departure: CANCELLED.
  • Grand Celebration, September 10 Departure: CANCELLED.

Carnival

  • Carnival Glory, September 2 Departure: REROUTED. The ship scrapped Half Moon Cay and replaced calls on St. Thomas, San Juan, PR, and Grand Turk with visits to Grand Cayman, Mahogany Bay, Belize and Cozumel.
  • Carnival Magic, September 3 Departure: REROUTED. The ship, which departed Port Canaveral on Sunday, will now visit the Western Caribbean instead of Nassau, Amber Cove and Grand Turk.
  • Carnival Splendor, September 3 Departure: REROUTED. New calls include Mahogany Bay (Roatan) and Belize.
  • Carnival Pride, September 3 Departure: REROUTED. Charleston, Freeport and Nassau replaced planned visits to Grand Turk and Half Moon Cay.
  • Carnival Liberty, September 7 Departure: CANCELLED.
  • Carnival Victory, September 8 Departure: CANCELLED.

Celebrity Cruises

  • Celebrity Equinox, September 5 Departure: MODIFIED. Just two ports (St. Thomas & Tortolla) have been dropped from this 11-night sailing, replaced with days at sea. The remainder of the itinerary is unaffected at this moment.

Disney Cruise Line (New; September 6, 2017)

  • Disney Dream, September 8 Departure: CANCELLED.
  • Disney Dream, September 11 Departure: CANCELLED.
  • Disney Fantasy, September 9 Departure: CANCELLED.

MSC Cruises

  • MSC Divina, September 3 Departure: REROUTED. Cruise is now a Western Caribbean sailing that will arrive in Miami two days earlier than scheduled. Guests unable to fly home or wishing to stay onboard may do so. The ship will sail to Cozumel and remain berthed alongside until it is safe to return (per MSC statement 9/6/17).
  • MSC Divina, September 9 Departure: CANCELLED.

Norwegian Cruise Line

  • Norwegian Escape, September 2 Departure: SHORTENED. Vessel will skip Costa Maya and Cozumel and return to Miami early, on September 7. Guests unable to fly home from Miami will be invited to stay onboard as the ship departs and heads out to sea to avoid the storm.
  • Norwegian Escape, September 9 Departure: CANCELLED.
  • Norwegian Sky, September 8 Departure: CANCELLED.

Royal Caribbean

  • Majesty of the Seas, September 8 Departure: CANCELLED.
  • Enchantment of the Seas, September 8 Departure: CANCELLED.
  • Empress of the Seas, September 9 Departure: CANCELLED.
  • Harmony of the Seas, September 9 Departure: REROUTED/RESCHEDULED. Ship will now depart September 12, voyage shortened to four nights from seven, with one call on Cozumel, Mexico scheduled.
  • Allure of the Seas, September 10 Departure: REROUTED/RESCHEDULED. Ship will now depart September 13. Voyage shortened to four days from seven, will sail for the Bahamas.
  • Oasis of the Seas, September 10 Departure: REROUTED/RESCHEDULED. New departure is on September 12. Shortened voyage will be five days in length, and will visit Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico.
  • Allure of the Seas, September 3 Departure: REROUTED. Ship will now call on Cozumel, Falmouth & Labadee instead of Nassau, San Juan & St. Maarten.
 

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