Cruise lines alter itineraries to avoid Tropical Storm Nicole: Travel Weekly

Several cruise lines have made itinerary adjustments due to the track of Tropical Storm Nicole. 

The ports of Miami, Port Everglades, Port Canaveral and Jacksonville closed Tuesday night ahead of the storm. Holland America Line said that two ships would stay at sea and extend their cruise: the Eurodam and Rotterdam, which were scheduled to return to Port Everglades Wednesday.

The line said it was advising passengers scheduled to embark the ships of at least a 24-hour delay in their departures.

Nicole’s course over the Bahamas prompted other several lines to reroute itineraries. Norwegian Cruise Line canceled calls to Great Stirrup Cay on Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Prima sailings. Disney Cruise Line canceled calls to Castaway Cay on the Disney Dream and Nassau and Castaway Cay on the Wish, substituting Cozumel. 

According to Royal Caribbean Blog, Liberty of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas, Enchantment of the Seas and Independence of the Seas each had itinerary changes on Bahamas sailings. 

James Van Fleet, Royal Caribbean’s chief meteorologist, said in a Nov. 8 weather update posted on YouTube that that most ships headed back to South Florida on their transatlantic crossings won’t be badly affected by Nicole-related swells. 

Carnival Cruise Line said that the Carnival Liberty canceled its calls in Nassau and Princess Cays and visited Cozumel instead. The Carnival Elation, Sunrise and Conquest were either at sea or on scheduled calls, and the ships would “remain safely behind the storm.” 

Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady was altered to include Costa Maya, Mexico.

This report was updated to include new information about Holland America Line and Virgin Voyages.

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