A number of cruise lines are having to cancel or reschedule cruises in the Caribbean for the safety of their passengers and staff due to Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.
With the death toll currently at 8 and winds recorded at up to 185mph, Hurricane Irma, the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean (Category 5) has ripped through the Caribbean, affecting islands such as Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla & Saint-Maarten, with many more islands still at risk.
Update as of 5/10/2017:
Empress of the Seas’ October 7th and 11th cruises to Cuba are no longer modified. Havana welcomed a call from Empress of the Seas on September 20th; the terminal, port and transportation were ready and all tours ran as scheduled.
Adventure of the Seas:
-7/10/17 – St. Croix to Martinique
-14/10/17 – St. Croix to Antigua
-21/10/17 – St. Maarten to St. Kitts
-28/10/17 – St. Maarten to Martinique
Allure of the Seas:
-15/10/17 – St. Maarten & San Juan to Cozumel & Costa Maya
Enchantment of the Seas:
-9/10/17 – Freeport back to Key West
Harmony of the Seas:
Serenade of the Seas:
-20/10/17 – St. Thomas & St. Maarten to St. Kitts & Antigua
Oasis of the Seas:
Carnival has modified the following itineraries through the month of October:
–Carnival Magic – October 7th: Departing Port Canaveral on a seven-day cruise to Cozumel, Belize, Roatanand Costa Maya.
–Carnival Conquest – October 14th: Departing Port Everglades on an eight-day cruise to Amber Cove, D.R., La Romana, D.R., Curacao and Aruba.
–Carnival Splendor – October 14th: Departing Port Everglades on an eight-day cruise to Princess Cays, Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman and Cozumel.
–Carnival Magic – October 21st: Departing Port Canaveral on a seven-day cruise to Cozumel, Belize, Roatan and Costa Maya.
–Carnival Conquest – October 28th: Departing Port Everglades on an eight-day cruise to Princess Cays, Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman and Cozumel.
Guests will receive a refund on pre-booked shore excursions, taxes, fees and port expenses for canceled destinations to their onboard Sail & Sign account.
Carnival also said that it is working on revisions to the following itineraries, with additional updates to follow shortly:
–Carnival Fascination – October 15th
–Carnival Fascination – October 22nd
–Carnival Fascination – October 29th
–Disney Fantasy – November 4th: This revised sailing will now visit Cozumel, Mexico; Costa Maya, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Castaway Cay.
MSC said that it will continue to operate four ships in the Caribbean over the next few months – including MSC Divina, MSC Fantasia and MSC Opera– with the introduction of MSC Seaside in December. The cruise line is working closely with officials in affected areas to continue destination assessments, but in the meantime, it is making the following itinerary updates:
On the three eastern Caribbean itineraries departing from Miami on October 14th and October 28th and that formerly included Philipsburg (St Maarten) and San Juan (Puerto Rico), MSC Divina will now cruise the following western itinerary:
-Montego Bay (Jamaica)
-George Town (Cayman Islands)
-Costa Maya (Mexico)
Starting with the itinerary departing from Miami on November 11th, on seven-night eastern Caribbean itineraries, MSC Divina will now call at St John (Antigua and Barbuda), instead of at Philipsburg (St Maarten).
- Departing January 3rd 2018: The ship will call at Oranjestad (Aruba) and Willemstad (Curaçao) instead of at Road Town/Tortola (British Virgin Islands) and Basseterre (St Kitts & Nevis).
- Departing January 25th 2018: San Juan (Puerto Rico) will replace Philipsburg (St Maarten)
- Departing February 15th 2018: The ship will call at San Juan (Puerto Rico), Bridgetown (Barbados) and Pointe-a-Pitre (Guadeloupe) instead of at Philipsburg (St Maarten), Road Town/Tortola (British Virgin Islands) and St John (Antigua and Barbuda)
MSC Fantasia: November 25th – March 31st 2018
On the MSC Fantasia’s seven-night itineraries from Forte de France (Martinique) and Pointe-a-Pitre (Guadeloupe), MSC Fantasia will now call at La Romana (Dominican Republic), instead of at Road Town/Tortola (British Virgin Islands), and at Basseterre (St Kitts & Nevis), instead of at Roseau (Dominica), while spending an additional day at sea instead of calling at Philipsburg (St Maarten).
MSC Seaside: December 23rd– March 17th 2018
Due to the damage sustained by Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islandsand St. Maarten, Norwegian has altered all of Norwegian Escape’s eastern Caribbean itineraries through the end of the year. The new ports of call are Cozumel, Mexico; Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras; Costa Maya, Mexico; and Harvest Caye, Belize.
Princess reports that it will have no ships in the Caribbean until Caribbean Princess’ departure from Fort Lauderdale on October 7th. That sailing had previously been modified to replace its October 10th call at St Thomas with a call at San Juan; due to the damage Puerto Rico sustained during Hurricane Maria, that call has now been replaced with a sea day. Guests who booked Princess shore excursions for San Juan will receive a refund to the original form of payment.
Princess Cruises reports that it expects St. Thomas and San Juan in time for the Regal Princess’ December 17th cruise, and that it expects San Juan’s airport to be fully operational by then as well. The line also said that Princess Cays, Grenada, Bonaire, Amber Cove and Curacao are open and accepting cruise calls.
On Crown Princess’ November 8th cruise, the line will replace the planned call at Grand Turk on November 10th with a call at Princess Cays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. November 9th. The ship will be at anchor for this call and a ship-to-shore tender service will be available to go ashore, though wheelchair access may be limited.
The line has also modified a number of sailings on the Regal Princess. The ship’s October 26th Caribbean cruise will replace a call at St Maarten with a call at St Kitts, and will also reschedule the planned Antigua call to October 30th. For the November 5th and 30th departures, the line will replace a call to Dominica with a call to Martinique on the same date. On the ship’s November 19th and 26th, as well as its December 3rd and 10th, departures, the line will replace a call at St. Maarten with a call at Antigua on the same date. For the ship’s December 17th cruise, Princess will replace the St. Maarten call planned for December 22nd with a call to St. Kitts on that same date. For the December 28th cruise, the planned call to Dominica on January 1st 2018, will be replaced with a call to Martinique on the same date.
On Royal Princess’ December 10th and December 30th departures, the line will replace a call at Dominica with a call to Martinique on the same date.
For Pacific Princess’ December 30th Caribbean cruise, the line will replace the planned call to Marigot on December 26th with a call to Guadeloupe (Iles des Saintes) on the same date. The call to Virgin Gorda planned for January 2nd 2018, will be replaced with a call to St. Croix on the same date.
Guests who booked Princess shore excursions to cancelled ports will receive a refund to the original form of payment. Shore excursions for replacement ports will be available within the next two weeks, or may be booked onboard.
None of the cruise line’s western Caribbean or Panama Canal cruises have been changed.
We will update this page with the latest itinerary changes as and when they are released. Visit this page again for further details.