Hurricane Joaquin Forces Cruise Lines to Alter Bahamian Itineraries
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As Hurricane Joaquin bears down on the Bahamas, several large cruise ships in the Caribbean have revealed adjusted itineraries.
USA Today reported Carnival Cruise Line's 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride will remain at sea Thursday rather than calling at Half Moon Cay, Bahamas.
Carnival's 2,974-passenger Carnival Valor will also remain at sea, skipping a scheduled call in Grand Turk Thursday.
Meanwhile, two larger ships, Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Getaway and Princess Cruises' Royal Princess, have also revealed a change of plans. The 4,000-passenger Norwegian Getaway has canceled a scheduled Friday call in Nassau, Bahamas and will remain at sea, while the 3,600-passenger Royal Princess, currently in the midst of a 10-day Caribbean voyage, already skipped a scheduled Wednesday call at Princess Cruises' private island, Princess Cays, Bahamas.
DisneyCruiseLineBlog.com also reported the Disney Magic would call in Key West, Florida, Thursday, as a result of the threat posed by Joaquin, bypassing a scheduled stop at Castaway Cay, Bahamas.
Royal Caribbean is also operating in the Bahamas this week but any updated itineraries have yet to be announced.
As of Thursday morning, Weather.com reported Joaquin, located a few dozen miles southeast of San Salvador, Bahamas, has achieved Category 3 status with maximum sustained winds reaching 120 mph. The system is moving very slowly to the west and southwest, with hurricane watches and warnings in effect for large portions of the Bahamas.
Joaquin could potentially achieve Category 4 status as early as Thursday. With the storm expected to turn north by the end of the week, there's a possibility it could impact the East Coast of the U.S. by the end of the weekend.
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