Tropical Storm Nate is impacting cruise ships including Carnival Triumph as it gains strength and heads north.
We’ve already posted about Carnival Dream canceling a call to Belize and now Carnival Triumph will have to cancel Cozumel due to Tropical Storm Nate. The Carnival cruise ship will not be able to call in Cozumel on October 7 and the cruise line is unable to find an alternative option. The New Orleans based vessel is departing today for the voyage and will arrive back on September 9.
As Cozumel is the only port of call on the 4-night Western Caribbean itinerary the ship is now sailing a cruise to nowhere. Carnival is making up for the canceled visit with a 50% credit on a future cruise with the cruise line. All guests are also getting 50% off their cruise fare refunded along with any expenses and port fees refunded back onto the Sail & Sign onboard account.
Carnival Cruise Line has apologized and state passenger safety has priority:
We know how much you were looking forward to our original itinerary and regret this change of plans. Rest assured, this is not a decision we take lightly since the safety of everyone on board is our number one priority. I want you to know that our amazing Carnival Triumph team is committed to providing you with a fun and memorable cruise. In addition to a full schedule of activities and entertainment, we’re adding some extra special events that are not part of our regular programming for your enjoyment.
Tropical Storm Nate has come at a terrible time and not long after Hurricane Irma and Maria devasted many Eastern Caribbean cruise destinations. Carnival Cruise Line has been heavily impacted by the two Hurricanes in September and Tropical Storm Nate could even impact more ships.
At the moment Tropical Storm Nate has maximum sustained winds of 40 MPH and is moving north towards the popular cruise destinations of Belize and Cozumel in the Western Caribbean. Nate is expected to become a category 1 Hurricane on Sunday.