Tropical Disturbance Forces Royal Caribbean to Cancel Cruise Calls
PHOTO: Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas (photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean International).
A tropical disturbance in the eastern Atlantic Ocean has forced Royal Caribbean International to cancel multiple calls in the Caribbean this week.
On Monday, the Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA) confirmed via the St. Thomas Source that the cruise line canceled two visits to the Austin "Babe" Monsanto Marine Terminal in Crown Bay, St. Thomas, as a result of the severe weather approaching the region.
According to VIPA Executive Director Carlton Dowe, the Oasis of the Seas was scheduled to stop in Crown Bay Tuesday, while the Freedom of the Seas was slated to visit Wednesday.
The disturbance, known as 99L, has the potential to strengthen into a tropical depression, according to AccuWeather.com. Currently, the storm is forecasted to bring thunderstorms and rough seas to the Leeward islands Tuesday before moving over the British and U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Wednesday.
"Most likely this disturbance will remain relatively weak into the middle of the week due to disruptive winds and dry air in the vicinity of its path," wrote AccuWeather.com senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski on Tuesday. "However, even a tropical depression or tropical storm is capable of producing heavy rainfall, flash flooding, mudslides, dangerous surf and damaging wind gusts."
Citing guests onboard the ships, Royal Caribbean Blog reported the 6,296-passenger Oasis of the Seas will skip both of its scheduled stops in St. Thomas and St. Kitts. The ship will instead visit San Juan, Puerto Rico, Tuesday afternoon and evening before having a sea day.
Meanwhile, according to the blog, the 4,515-passenger Freedom of the Seas will skip stops in St. Thomas and St. Martin and instead have a sea day Tuesday before visiting Costa Maya, Mexico, Wednesday.
The ship is scheduled to stop in Cozumel, Mexico, Thursday before returning to sea.
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