Hurricane Matthew Causes Cruise Schedules to Be Modified.


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Hurricane Matthew Aerial - satellite view 

UPDATE 10/10/2016 Hurricane Matthew continues to wreak havoc on cruises departing from the Northeast. In addition, Hurricane Nicole is heading toward Bermuda.  Sunday saw an unusual occurrence for the Port of New York - 5 cruise ships tied up overnight - AIDAdiva, AIDAluna, Crystal Serenity, Norwegian Breakaway and Grandeur of the Seas (Cape Liberty, Bayonne, NJ) - See additional details below.


Grandeur of the Seas - Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas Cape Liberty Bayonne New Jersey

Royal Caribbean's Grandeur for the Seas Along side Cape Liberty Bayonne, NJ with ferry to Manhattan.


Grandeur of the Seas was expected to operate a 5 day Bermuda cruise from Baltimore. On Saturday 10/8 she left Baltimore before the Port closed and headed out to sea. Some passengers were left behind as the ship sailed 2 hours early. Passengers expecting to go to Bermuda were faced with rough seas and strong winds. Later in the evening it was announced that the Grandeur of the Seas was NOT heading to Bermuda but was heading to Cape Liberty, Bayonne, NJ and would arrive at 11:00 PM Monday evening. Guest were provided a full refund. To keep the passengers busy, passengers were provided ferries directly from the ship to two Manhattan locations 34th Street and the New York Financial District to explore the city. The Grandeur of the Seas is expected to stay docked in Cape Liberty until Tuesday evening before heading back to Baltimore. Some disgruntle passengers chose to disembark in Bayonne.


Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Breakaway

Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Breakaway replaced a Bermuda Itinerary with a Port Canaveral, Florida and Nassau, Bahamas cruise. The Norwegian Breakaway spent Sunday night tied up in Manhattan - along with 4 other ships. The Norwegian Breakaway sailed from Manhattan at 8:00 AM Monday - Just in time to make the berth available for Seven Seas Cruises' Seven Seas Mariner.


Seven Seas Mariner - Seven Seas Cruise Lines

Seven Seas Mariner arrived in New York 1 day ahead of schedule. Arriving on Monday morning instead of Tuesday. The Seven Seas Mariner could have arrived late Sunday, but  all the available piers (except for Brooklyn Cruise Terminal) were occupied so the ships slowly made her way into New York.


AIDAluna - AIDA Cruises

AIDAluna - Instead of departing from New York today (Monday) - She will stay dockside in New York until 7:00 AM on Tuesday before proceeding on her cruise.


UPDATE 10/06/2016 - Categorized as one of the worst storms in history - Hurricane Matthew continues to leave destruction in its path as it follows the coast of Florida and moved directly over the Bahamas.

The storm is expected to cause severe damage to Nassau and Freeport in the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos and a number of private islands.

In addition depending on where the storm comes on shore, cruise originations points, like Fort Lauderdale and Cape Canaveral may be out of business for several days.


At this point, here are the known itinerary changes - Check back frequently - Because we will update the information as it becomes available. (Source Below is from the cruise line's website)


Norwegian Cruise Line - Norwegian Breakaway

Friday - In order to avoid any potential bad weather associated with the storm, Norwegian Breakaway will depart from Bermuda two hours earlier than scheduled, at 1:00 PM.


Disney Cruise Line - Disney Magic

The October 7 sailing of the Disney Magic from New York is being changed to a Canadian itinerary, with plans to visit Sydney, Nova Scotia; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Saint John, New Brunswick. Guests who remain on this revised itinerary will receive an onboard credit. (Original Cruise was a Florida and Bahamas Cruise).


Carnival Cruises - Carnival Sunshine

Carnival Sunshine - 10/8/16 departure - The Carnival Sunshine cruise  departing on Oct. 8 remains as scheduled. At this time, there are no changes to the ship’s itinerary.  Should any changes becomes necessary, we will provide an update accordingly.


Carnival Cruises Carnival Pride - From Baltimore

Carnival Cruises - Carnival Pride – 10/9/16 - Due to the current forecast track of Hurricane Matthew, it is not safe for us to navigate south. Therefore, in order to steer clear of the storm’s path and ensure our guests’ comfort and safety, we will now operate a seven-day cruise with calls in Saint John, New Brunswick and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Pre-purchased shore excursions for Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Freeport, as well as any difference in government fees and taxes, will be automatically refunded to guest’s Sail & Sign accounts.




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