Cruise News Hurricane Watch Hurricane Irma Becomes a Category 5 as Cruise Destinations on Alert

Hurricane Irma Becomes a Category 5 as Cruise Destinations on Alert

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We are following Hurricane Irma and how it is impacting not just cruise ships but popular cruise destinations in the Caribbean and what we’re seeing is not good.

Hurricane Irma has just been upgraded to a category 5 which basically means it is extremely powerful and at catastrophic levels. Irma is heading towards the Leewards islands in the Eastern Caribbean and then onto some major cruise destinations including U.S Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, and Purto Rico. If you are in Irma’s path get to safety because at these levels the hurricane is expected to cause major damage and possibly loss of life.

Cruise Lines are constantly monitoring Hurricane Irma as she makes her way across the Caribbean and possibly to South Florida. Depending on the track and weather situation Irma could even hit most parts of the Bahamas and Florida which would really impact the cruise industry including major cruise ports.

SEE ALSO: Carnival Cruise Ships Sail Altered Itineraries Due to Hurricane Irma
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So far as of writing, four Carnival cruise ships have altered itinerary to keep passengers and crew away from Irma. Allure of the Seas operated by Royal Caribbean and MSC Divina operated by MSC Cruises have also changed itineraries. There could be more ship adjustments but it really does depends on the Hurricanes tracks and where int he U.S. it will hit.

Current Hurricane Irma Status

Hurricane Irma Category 5
Image By: National Hurricane Center

At the moment Hurricane Irma has increased hugely since we last checked. the major Hurricane is now a category 5 with maximum sustained winds of 175 MPH and moving west at 14 MPH.

We must say to all our readers who have upcoming sailings to check for latest updates from the cruise lines. For those in the path of Irma please stay safe and do whatever you can to get away and prepare.

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