Tropical Storm Nestor has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and Carnival Cruise Line is monitoring the storm’s development.
Carnival Monitors Tropical Storm Nestor
Hurricane season is not over just yet and Tropical Storm Nestor has now formed in the Gulf of Mexico threatening cruise ship itineraries. One of the leading cruise lines which operates ships in the gulf is keeping a close eye on things.
Carnival Cruise Line which has cruise ships based out of Port of Galveston, Port of New Orleans, Port of Tampa and Port of Mobile is monitoring the storm as it heads through the Gulf of Mexico and towards the Florida panhandle.
Carnival Cruise Line stated:
Our Fleet Operations Center in Miami is actively monitoring Potential Tropical Cyclone 16, located in the Gulf of Mexico. At present, there are no changes to our planned itineraries. As the safety of our guests and crew is our number one priority, we will continue to keep an eye on the weather system and provide timely updates as more information becomes available.
It is important to keep checking for official updates from the cruise line before any departure just in case there are any delays or itinerary changes. The safety of guests and crew is Carnival’s number one priority and if needed changes will be made. Everything is being monitored at Carnival’s Fleet Operations Center in Miami, Florida.
The Carnival Fantasy departure on October 19 from Mobile would be one to watch including the ship returning to her homeport during the October 14 sailing.
According to the National Hurricane Center (NOAA), Tropical Storm Nestor currently has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph and is located 240 km southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River. It is heading northeast at 22 mph straight towards the Florida panhandle where it is expected to reach by Saturday.
The storm could cause high ocean swells all around the Gulf so many cruise ships could be dealing with rough weather conditions. Heavy rainfall and flooding is likely when the storm starts impacting the Gulf coast.
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Cruise Hive will continue to keep readers updated on any new developments impacting the cruise industry. Hopefully, there will be no major changes and everyone can enjoy their cruise vacation no matter if heading to the eastern or western Caribbean.