Cruise Ships Mostly Unaffected by Storms
PHOTO: Carnival Miracle slightly altered its itinerary to avoid Tropical Storm Carlos. (Courtesy of Wikipedia)
Despite the storms battering the Gulf of Mexico and Mexico’s Pacific Coast in recent days, only one cruise ship had to change its itinerary so far.
On the Pacific Coast, Carnival Cruise Line changed the itinerary of the Carnival Miracle’s June 16 cruise from Long Beach, Calif.
The ship cancelled calls at Mazatlan on June 16 and Puerto Vallarta on June 17, and moved its Cabo San Lucas call from June 15 to June 17.
The Miracle made an unscheduled call at Ensenada on June 14 for a medical disembarkation, and will call again at Ensenada on June 19, before returning to Long Beach as scheduled on June 20.
Those changes were made to avoid Tropical Storm Carlos, which is now hugging the coast of Western Mexico, according to the National Hurricane Center. Early the morning of June 17, the storm was about 75 miles west-northwest of Manzanillo with maximum sustained winds of about 45 mph. A tropical storm warning was in effect for Manzanillo to Cabo Corrientes.
Forecasters expected Carlos to continue to weaken and is forecast to become a tropical depression later June 17 and a remnant low by June 18 as it moves off of the coast of Mexico and into the southern Gulf of California.
Meanwhile, in the Gulf of Mexico and Texas, Tropical Depression Bill was moving north across Central Texas with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.
Carnival said it did not have a ship returning to Galveston until Saturday and was hoping the storm will have passed through by then.
Royal Caribbean International, which also operates out of Galveston, said it has not modified any itineraries either.
Bill was expected to slowly weaken and become a post-tropical low on June 18, when it was forecast to turn toward the Northeast.
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