Hurricane Irma causes cruise lines to cancel, shorten sailings

Royal Caribbean International has made more adjustments ahead of Hurricane Irma. Empress of the Seas’ September 9 Cuba cruise, Enchantment of the Seas’ September 8 Bahamas cruise and Majesty of the Seas’ September 8 Bahamas cruise have all been cancelled, while Anthem of the Seas’ September 9 Bermuda cruise remains under evaluation.

7 three-day Bahamas cruise from Port Canaveral, and the Carnival Victory’s September 8 three-day cruise from Miami have both been canceled, and officials say they remain in “constant contact” with port officials in south and central Florida.

Carnival Valor’s September 2 week-long cruise from Miami is going westward, and will visit Grand Cayman, Roatán’s Mahogany Bay, Belize City and Cozumel, instead of the eastern ports of Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, San Juan and Grand Turk.

In addition, “for guests on the current sailings of Oasis, Harmony and Allure of the Seas, we have made a decision to delay the return of these ships until the storm has passed”. Guests will get a refund of two nights’ fare, plus a 25% future cruise credit.

Norwegian Cruise Line has adjusted sailings for two of its ships.

Carnival said that the line may also have to shorten the duration of certain cruises scheduled to depart this weekend. The Sept. 4 sailing of the Disney Dream will return to Port Canaveral on Sept. 7, a day earlier than scheduled.

Guests on the cancelled cruises will receive a full refund, while guests on shortened cruises will receive a pro-rated refund of their cruise fare.

The move follows Carnival’s previous announcement that the line will cancel Carnival Liberty’s September 7 three-day Bahamas cruise from Port Canaveral and Carnival Victory’s September 8 three-day Bahamas cruise from Miami.

MSC Cruises, which sails the MSC Divina from Miami has canceled its September 9 sailing and is returning to port two days early on September 7 to let those who want to disembark off the ship.

Shortened cruises will be refunded for the missed sailing days and offered 25 percent discounts on future cruises as well as airfare change fees up to $300 per person. Others can remain on the ship as it sails to Cozumel to ride out the storm before returning to Miami.

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