As Cruise Diva packs in anticipation of boarding Holland America Line's Eurodam on Saturday for the Malt Shop Memories Cruise, we note that Tropical Storm Sandy is picking up strength in the Caribbean as it moves south of Jamaica. Also taking note, cruise lines are altering Caribbean itineraries to avoid the wind and rain. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says this late season storm is expected to become a hurricane as it nears Jamaica today.
Thus far, Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas and Carnival Cruise Lines'Carnival Valor, Carnival Pride and Carnival Glory are making these itinerary changes:
Allure of the Seas is canceling its call at Falmouth, Jamaica today and will instead spend a day at sea.
Carnival Valor will not visit Montego Bay, Jamaica and Grand Cayman as planned. Instead, the ship will call at Costa Maya, Mexico today and head to Cozumel, Mexico on Thursday.
Carnival Pride will not stop at Half Moon Cay and Freeport in the Bahamas today and tomorrow, but will make a port call at Port Canaveral, Florida on Friday.
Carnival Glory will not stop in in Freeport, but will offer a short call in Nassau, Bahamas tomorrow and head to Port Canaveral, Florida on Friday.