UPDATE – OCT 7:
Port Miami has now re-opened which means the Carnival Sensations revised itinerary will go ahead. Check-in will start from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM with the ship setting sail not long after. The itinerary will include calls at Key West, Florida and if given the all clear, a call at Nassau, Bahamas.
The ships 7-day Bahamas cruise has been altered to a 7-day Canadian cruise. This is due to Hurricane Matthew being in the path if the ship sailed south. Carnival Pride will call at Saint John, New Brunswick and Halifax, Nova Scotia from its homeport in Baltimore on Sunday, October 9.
PREVIOUSLY – OCT 6:
Carnival is one of the most impacted cruise lines due to Hurricane Matthew. As a result this is the place to keep track of the latest itinerary adjustments as the severe storm heads north along the east coast of Florida.
Carnival has just updated that the Carnival Victory’s October 6 cruise has regrettably been cancelled. The ship was scheduled to depart Port Canaveral for a Bahamas cruise on Friday but the port has closed because of the Hurricane. The cruise line has given all those booked on the cruise a full refund on their booking and on any shore excursions booked. A 25% discount towards a future 3-day cruise is also being offered.
The ships Friday departure from Port Miami is under threat as the port is now closed in anticipation for the oncoming Hurricane. The vessel was originally scheduled to sail a 4-day itinerary including calls at Key West, Florida, and Cozumel, Mexico. If the port does reopen on Friday the Carnival Sensation will sail a revised itinerary with a call at Nassau, Bahamas. All this does, of course, depend on when the port will be opened, the cruise line is in contact with the port authority and Coast Guard.
Carnival is monitoring the ships Saturday, October 7 departure from Port Miami. The ship is scheduled to sail a short Bahamas cruise but if the port does not open once the storm passes this could be altered. We can expect further updates over the coming hours.
The ships October 8 sailing is expected to be changed to depart from the Port of Charleston on Sunday, October 9. The cruise will go ahead as long as the port reopens after Hurricane Matthew passes. The ship will sail a 6-day cruise including an overnight call at Nassau and a call at Freeport, Bahamas. Guests will be compensated for the original voyage to Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Nassau.
The Miami-based cruise line is tracking Hurricane Matthew’s impact on the ships October 8 departure from Jacksonville. The port is closing in anticipation of the Hurricane which is moving north along the Florida east coast. The ships arrival on Saturday could be under threat and Carnival will be updating more on this closer to the time.
At the moment Hurricane Matthew is pounding the Bahamas with maximum sustained winds of 140 MPH. The Hurricane is moving north towards the east coast of Florida where all major cruise ports are closed. The Hurricane is a category 4 with a strong storm surge expected.
Carnival Cruise Line is keeping a close eye on the Hurricanes development and will keep updating ship itineraries accordingly. Readers can keep checking this page for the latest.