Both Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean have announced a set of itinerary changes due to Hurricane Maria.
The brand, which got its start as a land tour operator, launched its first river cruise product in 2009. Eight years later, Riviera sports 12 ships, five of them launched in just the past 15 months.
Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Line have both modified itineraries with more expected to come because of Maria.
Damage done by Hurricane Irma will force major Caribbean cruise ports to remain closed indefinitely as they survey the damage done by the most intense Atlantic hurricane in the last decade.
St. Thomas and St. Maarten are both reportedly closed indefinitely after Irma made direct impact with both islands.
Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean have both altered itineraries to avoid the islands—Norwegian will not sail scheduled Eastern Caribbean itineraries until November—they will be replaced by Western Caribbean sailings—while Royal will replace St. Thomas and St. Maarten with St. Kitts and St. Croix.
Tortola, which served Disney Cruise Line, Norwegian, Celebrity, Viking Sea and more before Irma, is also closed. According to PBS, Tortola was so damaged by Irma that it was “like a war zone.” Norwegian’s move to Western Caribbean sailings will allow it to avoid Tortola, as well.
Wolber most recently worked at the Walt Disney Company for 28 years, including a decade as the senior vice president of operations with Disney Cruise Line.
Ninety-eight percent of Katarina Line's business is generated through travel agents and tour operators.
PortMiami is currently in the process of cleaning up after Irma, which now includes clearing two sailboats that sank in the port’s channel during the storm.
Carnival Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line, MSC Cruises and Royal Caribbean are all on the road back to normal operations after Irma made landfall in Florida.
The ship, which is set to debut in 2020, will bring Silversea’s fleet up to ten vessels total.
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines website, online check-in, pre-cruise planner, Espresso and reservation systems will be unavailable starting Saturday evening through the weekend.