Popular Caribbean cruise destinations already devastated by Hurricane Irma now have to deal with Hurricane Maria which is expected to become more powerful.
Hurricane Maria is expected to impact the major cruise port of calls which have already been destroyed by Hurricane Irma over a week ago, Not just that but cruise ships based in the Eastern Caribbean are already being impacted. Carnival Cruise Line has already started making adjustments to ship itineraries.
Hurricane Maria is worrying some of the major cruise destinations in the region including St. Maarten, U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and lot more. Many of these islands have already suffered from major destruction and cruise lines have even been involved with relief efforts. With already destroyed structures and the powerful winds of Maria could hamper efforts even further. Destinations can expect strong storm surge, high winds, and heavy rainfall as Maria becomes stronger and moves west.
Cruise ports in Maria’s path will have to be closed and the U.S. Coast guard has already put ports in Purto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands in Condition X-Ray which means gale force winds greater than 39 mph are expected within the next 48 hours. The level of cruise ports could be raised again depending on Hurricane Maria’s track.
Hurricane Maria currently has maximum sustained winds of 120 MPH and has just been upgraded to a category 3. The storm is expected to gain strength and will be a major Hurricane on Tuesday morning.