Friday, September 3, 2010

Cruise Travel: Hurricane Earl & Tropical Storm Fiona Advisory

Several cruise lines have offered the following updates.

Carnival Cruise Lines
We are closely monitoring Hurricane Earl and Tropical Storm Fiona in the Atlantic. Rest assured, all of our ships will continue to operate at a safe distance from the storms.

All departures for the sailings of September 1, 2010 – September 6, 2010 are scheduled to operate as normal.

Holland America Line
At Holland America Line the safety and comfort of our guests and crew is our top priority. As a result of the projected path and strengthening of Hurricane Earl in the Atlantic, we have decided to modify the following published itineraries:

ms Eurodam August 19th 18-day Transatlantic Cruise: Port calls at Sydney and Halifax, Nova Scotia, have been cancelled. The ship will remain at sea and out of the projected path of the hurricane. The cruise will finish as planned on Monday, September 6 in New York where guests will embark for the 10-day Canada/New England cruise as scheduled.

ms Maasdam August 28th 7-day Canada/New England Cruise: On Tuesday, August 31st, Maasdam departed from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island as scheduled and sailed directly to Boston. Port calls at Sydney and Halifax, Nova Scotia, as well as Bar Harbor, Maine, were cancelled. The ship arrived in Boston on September 2nd at 5:00 p.m. EST. Guests are welcome to stay onboard the ship until Saturday morning. Arrangements have been made to accommodate those guests wishing to disembark the ship earlier. No changes are currently planned for the September 4th departure of the Maasdam 7-day Canada/New England cruise.

ms Veendam August 29th 7-day Bermuda Cruise: On Friday, September 3rd, the Veendam will depart Hamilton a few hours early, and is scheduled to arrive in New York as planned on Sunday, September 5th. Guests embarking for the September 5th sailing will do so as scheduled.
We will continue to monitor the weather conditions closely and communicate any future impact on cruise itineraries to guests and others as they are implemented. Updates will be posted at on a regular basis. Guests with questions may call 1-800-577-1728.

Norwegian Cruise Line
At Norwegian Cruise Line, the safety and security of our guests and crew is of the utmost importance. Therefore, the company is closely monitoring the path of Hurricane Earl and Tropical Storm Fiona. Because of the expected weather conditions, we are making the following changes:

Norwegian Dawn will depart Bermuda two hours early today, leaving at 3 pm. The ship is expected to arrive in New York as scheduled on Sunday, September 5.

Norwegian Spirit will stay docked at the Port of Boston tonight. The ship will depart late tonight or early Saturday morning.

We will continue to closely monitor the weather conditions and will update this information and notify our guests if there are any itinerary changes because of the storms’ projected paths.

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