Hurricane Isaac is heading towards the eastern Caribbean and at least one Carnival cruise ship has now been forced to change itinerary. The cruise line is making sure guests and crew are kept away from the storm.
Carnival Cruise Line Itinerary Changes
We’ve already posted about Carnival Horizon and Carnival Pride changing itineraries to deal with Hurricane Florence. There is further threat to cruise ships in the Caribbean with the recently downgraded Tropical Storm Isaac. It might have just been weakened but will gain strength once again.
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So far only the Carnival Vista is being impacted by Isaac but as the storm heads further across the Caribbean more itineraries are expected to change.
The September 8 sailing from PortMiami is now sailing a revised route but will still include the same ports. The ship will sail to those ports closest to the storm so that by the time Isaac arrives the ship would already moved on to the next call.
The ship is calling in St Maarten first and then followed with visits to St. Kitts, San Juan and finally Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic. Carnival Vista will arrive back in Miami as scheduled on September 16.
Carnival Cruise Line will continue to monitor all the current storm and Hurricane activity at its state-of-the-art Operations Center in Miami. If you do have an upcoming cruise do check for official updates from the cruise line.
Current Status of Isaac
At the moment Isaac has weakened to a Tropical Storm and according to the National Hurricane Center, it has maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. It is expected to gain strength again and become a category one Hurricane. it will reach the eastern Caribbean islands Thursday evening.
As you can see from the image Isaac will become a Tropical Storm again as it moves into the southern parts of the Caribbean. Cruisers should watch this storm closely as it could linger and even head up into the gulf gaining strength.
Cruise Hive will continue to keep readers informed on the latest developments which impact the cruise industry. You can also head over to our Hurricane Watch section to keep track of everything.