Norwegian Among Cruise Lines Altering Itineraries for Hurricane Joaquin
As Hurricane Joaquin continues to batter the Bahamas as a Category 4 system carrying heavy rainfall and winds well over 100 mph, several cruise lines operating in the Caribbean Friday have announced adjusted itineraries.
Norwegian Cruise Line announced that the 1,928-passenger Norwegian Sky would be bypassing one of its scheduled calls this weekend.
"Due to the storm's projected track, Norwegian Sky will be altering her itinerary for the cruise departing Oct. 2 to ensure our guests have the best vacation experience possible," a spokeswoman for the cruise line said in a statement. "Norwegian Sky will not call in Great Stirrup Cay on Sunday. Instead, the ship will remain at sea on Saturday and call in Nassau on Sunday morning."
Meanwhile, Cruise Critic reported the 3,963-passenger Norwegian Getaway will avoid Nassau Friday, instead spending the day at sea.
In addition to Norwegian, Carnival Cruise Line has revealed itinerary changes for two of its vessels, with the Carnival Conquest remaining at sea Friday instead of calling in Grand Turk and the Carnival Sensation calling at Freeport Friday instead of Nassau.
Princess Cruises, Crystal Cruises and Disney Cruise Line also took precautions Friday.
Florida Today reported the Disney Dream also skipped a call at Nassau Friday. The 4,000-passenger ship will instead remain at sea before calling at Disney's Castaway Cay Saturday. Also in the Caribbean, the Disney Fantasy bypassed Castaway Cay Friday and will return to port at Florida Saturday.
The Disney Magic's altered voyage will features a stop in Cozumel Friday and a sea day Saturday, per Cruise Critic.
Joaquin, which is currently lingering over the central Bahamas, is expected to track north through the Atlantic Ocean this weekend.
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