Carnival Cruise Ships Change Itinerary Due To Hurricane And Port Closures

Carnival Ships
Photo By: Russell Otway

UPDATE:

You can read the latest Carnival ships being impacted by Hurricane Matthew right here.

PREVIOUSLY:

Carnival Cruise Line has just posted more cruise ships which have been forced to change itineraries due to Hurricane Matthew and the closure of several ports.

At the moment four carnival ships have altered itinerary including Carnival Sensation, Carnival Victory, Carnival Ecstasy and Carnival Fantasy. Take a look at the details below:

Carnival Sensation

The ships October 6 sailing is in question due to the closure of PortMiami on Wednesday and Thursday. Carnival has said if the port reopens on Friday the cruise will go ahead minus one day, so the itinerary will change to a 3-day cruise with one overnight call at Nassau, Bahamas. Carnival is in constant contact with the port authorities in Miami as to when exactly the ship will depart and begin its revised itinerary.

Carnival Sensation was originally scheduled to set sail on Thursday on a 5-day cruise calling at Key West, Florida and Cozumel, Mexico.

Carnival Victory

Port Canaveral is closed and as a result the Carnival Victory will sail a revised itinerary instead of its original 4-day Bahamas cruise. The cruise line said that if the storm track changes the ship will sail just a 2-day cruise to Freeport, Bahamas.

The itinerary could change again depending on port officials and Hurricane Matthew. All those booked are advised to keep checking for the latest updates.

Carnival Ecstasy

Carnival Ecstasy is expected to arrive back at Charleston on Sunday October 9 instead of Saturday October 8. The reason for this is that the port will likely be closed on Saturday due to Hurricane Matthew. If the port does open up on Sunday the ship will sail a 6-day cruise with an overnight in Nassau and a call at Freeport, Bahamas.

Carnival Fantasy

Carnival Fantasy is also affected by the closure of PortMiami. If the port does reopen on Friday the ship will sail on October 7 as scheduled but with an overnight in Nassau, Bahamas. An assessment of the port will be done on Friday and the cruise line will keep cruisers up to date on any changes.

Most of the major cruise ports on the Florida east coast are closed which is causing major disruption to cruise ship itineraries. All cruise lines are monitoring Hurricane Matthew and a new developing Tropical Storm Nicole in the Atlantic. Ports will be assessing for any damage done by the Hurricane so further itinerary changes could be coming.

Hurricane Matthew

Image By: NOAA (Oct 5)

Port Miami, Port of Jacksonville and Port Canaveral are now closed, Charleston Port will be closed from Thursday. Port Everglades is still open. Hurricane Matthew currently has maximum sustained winds of 120 MPH and is at category 3. The Hurricane is moving north and hitting the Bahamas, the storm will then head along the Florida east coast. Hurricane Matthew could gain more strength in the coming days.