Hurricane Irma Forces Changes to South Florida Cruise Line Itineraries

by Daniel McCarthy
Hurricane Irma Forces Changes to South Florida Cruise Line Itineraries

Carnival Paradise was one of a number of ships to have its scheduled changed because of Irma. Photo: Jacrews7


After cruise lines rushed to make itinerary changes in anticipation of Hurricane Irma’s arrival in Florida this past weekend, all are now beginning the road back to normal operations with a full slate of cancelled and altered itineraries on deck.

Here are the latest cancelations and itinerary changes:

Carnival Cruise Line
The storm wreaked havoc on Carnival Cruise Line’s heavy schedule of itineraries departing from South Florida. Those who had bookings at canceled cruises will receive full refunds while those on shortened or altered itineraries will received a pro-rate refund or future cruise credit equal to their cruise fare if they cancel.

Cancelled sailings include Liberty’s Sept. 7 and Sept. 10 sailings, Splendor’s Sept. 9 sailing, Paradise’s Sept. 11 sailing, and Ecstasy’s Sept. 9 sailing.

Carnival also delayed Victory’s Sept. 11 sailing to Sept. 12, Sensation’s Sept. 11 sailing to Sept. 13, Conquest’s Sept. 9 sailing to Sept. 12, Glory’s Sept. 9 sailing to Sept. 12, Magic’s Sept. 9 sailing to Sept. 13.

Paradise had its Cuban itinerary altered and is now scheduled to return to Tampa tomorrow, should conditions allow, with passenger transfers available to Tampa or Orlando. If it’s unable to sail into Tampa it will head to Port Canaveral on Wednesday.

Vista, Conquest and Glory all had their Sept. 9 sailings shortened to a four-night Cozumel itinerary departing Sept. 12.

Dream’s Sept. 10 sailing will now stop in Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman and Cozumel instead of Key West, Nassau and Freeport.

Pride’s Sept. 10 sailing from Baltimore will head to Canada and New England.

Freedom’s Sept. 9 voyage from Galveston will sail a revised itinerary that includes Mahogany Bay, Belize and Cozumel.

Disney Cruise Line
Disney Dream will no longer sail its Sept. 11 departure, the second straight cancellation after the Sept. 8 sailing was cancelled last week.

Fantasy also had its Sept. 9 sailing canceled.

All passengers on cancelled sailing will receive a full refund and 25% future cruise credit.

MSC Cruises
MSC has canceled Divina’s Sept. 9 sailing after ending the previous sailing two days early. It will stay in Cozumel until it is safe to return to Miami. MSC is giving all guests on the canceled sailing a full refund and a 25% future cruise credit.

Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian will no longer sail Escape’s Sept. 9 sailing. It is currently in Cozumel and is expected to return to Miami as soon as conditions allow.

Sky had its Sept. 8 and Sept. 11 three-night sailings canceled. It is expected to return to Miami on Sept. 14.

All passengers on canceled sailings will received a full refund and a 50% future cruise credit.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
Royal Caribbean has canceled the following itineraries: Empress’ Sept. 9 and Sept. 13 sailings; Majesty’s Sept. 8, 11 and 15 sailings; and Enchantment’s Sept. 8 sailing.

Those booked on cancelled sailings will receive full refunds along with a 25% future cruise credit.

Irma also forced a number of itinerary changes.

After being used to help evacuate employees from South Florida, Enchantment’s Sept. 11 sailing will now leave on Sept. 12, though that itinerary is still subject to change depending on when the ship can return to port.

Harmony’s Sept. 9 sailing has been changed to a four-night cruise leaving Sept. 12. Those who choose to say on will receive 50% refund in onboard credit along with a 50% future cruise credit.

Oasis’s Sept. 10 Eastern Caribbean sailing has been shorted to a four-night Cozumel itinerary now departing Sept. 13.

Anthem’s Sept. 9 sailing remains on scheduled, though Royal said that “If the weather becomes problematic, we will provide an alternative itinerary.”

Royal Caribbean also added a humanitarian call to St. Maarten yesterday on Adventure’s Sept. 9 sailing.

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The suppliers I can tell appreciate the patience and kindness as well, as we have all been working very hard to manage the influx of work. I see the travel agent community and the suppliers working in harmony.

Emily Rawlins, Merriway Travel
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