UPDATE (AUG 31):
MSC Cruises has now made further changes with MSC Armonia with her August 26 departure and September 2 departure from Miami, Florida. Here are the details posted:
MSC Seaside – cruise departing August 31
MSC Seaside will sail as scheduled today, Saturday, August 31. Embarking guests are asked to arrive for check-in between 9 AM and 1 PM (EST). This will allow us to start a smooth embarkation as promptly as possible. All guests must be at the Port and complete check-in no later than 3pm.
MSC Armonia – cruise departing September 2
MSC Armonia’s itinerary has been changed. Guests scheduled to embark on Sept. 2 will now be offered a 5-day cruise, embarking on Wednesday, September 4. The itinerary will follow as:
Wed., Sept. 4 – Depart Miami
Thurs., Sept. 5 – At Sea
Fri., Sept. 6 – Cozumel, Mexico (8 AM – 6 PM)
Sat., Sept. 7 – Costa Maya, Mexico (7 AM – 4 PM)
Sun., Sept. 8 – At Sea
Mon., Sept. 9 – Arrive in Miami
Guests who were originally booked on the Sept. 2nd MSC Armonia cruise and who choose to take the shortened cruise outlined above will be automatically refunded for 2 days of their cruise. The amount for the two days will be refunded directly to their credit card. Alternatively, guests who are currently booked on the cruise who choose not to sail, are able to cancel and will be refunded the full amount of their cruise fare with no cancellation fees. The full amount will be refunded directly to their credit card and no penalties will apply.
MSC Armonia – cruise departed August 26
Those guests who are currently on MSC Armonia will have an extended cruise until Wed., Sept. 4. The extended itinerary includes:
Sat., Aug. 31 – At Sea
Sun., Sept. 1 – Costa Maya, Mexico (8 AM – 6 PM)
Mon., Sept. 2 – Cozumel, Mexico (8 AM – 6 PM)
Tues., Sept. 3 – At Sea
Wed., Sept. 4 – Arrive in Miami
MSC Cruises issues update as two cruise ships are impacted due to the closure of Port Miami for Hurricane Dorian.
MSC Cruise Ships Impacted by Hurricane Dorian
MSC Cruises has provided a new updated regarding the impact of Hurricane Dorian which will force Port Miami to close. So far only the MSC Seaside is affected but MSC Armonia which is also based out of Miami could have an altered itinerary in the next update from the cruise line at noon U.S. Eastern time.
The MSC Seaside will return to Port Miami a day earlier on August 30 at 8:00 AM before the port closes to all inbound and outbound marine traffic in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian. Guests will be able to disembark the ship once in Miami, alternatively, guests can choose to remain on board. MSC Seaside will then depart Port Miami before its closure and will arrive back into port once Hurricane Dorian passes. However, it does depend on port assessments on when it reopens.
MSC will provide an update to the next scheduled sailing from Miami on August 31 for MSC Seaside and MSC Armonia’s departure from the port on Monday, September 2. The cruise line continues to monitor the Hurricane and keep guests informed of any changes. We also suggest booked guest to always check for official updates from the cruise line.
Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line have all made itinerary changes, you can read the details below:
- Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships Currently Impacted by Hurricane Dorian
- Carnival Cruise Ships Currently Being Impacted by Hurricane Dorian
- Norwegian Cruise Line Cancels Calls to Private Island Due to Hurricane Dorian
Hurricane Dorian Latest
Dorian is becoming a major Hurricane and will have a huge impact on Florida when it arrives on Monday. According to the National Hurricane Center (NOAA), it has maximum sustained winds of 105 MPH and is moving northwest at 12 MPH.
Do remember that Dorian is gaining strength constantly and by the time you’re reading this it may already have become more powerful. Do not take this Hurricane lightly, it is a major threat life and very important that cruise lines keep ships away from it. Cruise Hive will continue to keep readers informed on the latest developments impacting the cruise industry.