As Hurricane Earl continues to grow, changes are happening to Bermuda cruising this week, and Hurricane Kay is changing things along the Mexican Riviera.
Carnival’s Magic changed itineraries and left Bermuda a day ahead of schedule to get out of Earl’s way. This gave cruisers half the expected time in Bermuda and an extra day at sea. Also leaving the island early was Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas. She is making her way to Nassau. The Norwegian Getaway has canceled its two-day Bermuda stop that was slated for Friday and is visiting Nassau and Miami instead.
On the other side of the US, Hurricane Kay is disrupting cruising at two significant cruise destinations, Cabo San Lucas and Mazatlan.
The Carnival Panorama visited both Cabo San Lucas and Mazatlan ahead of schedule and did not stop in Puerto Vallarta at all. In an attempt to stay out of harm’s way, they have headed north and are stopping in Ensenada today. Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas was scheduled to visit Cabo San Lucas today but according to their chief meteorologist, James Van Fleet, they are “hanging west of San Diego” today.
On Thursday the National Hurricane Center said, “Kay is a very large tropical cyclone. It is producing an extensive area of high seas, with swells affecting portions of southwestern Mexico, the Gulf of California, and the Baja California peninsula.” It is expected to weaken before it makes landfall as it travels up the coast of the Mexican Riviera today and tomorrow but is still a very large and very dangerous hurricane.
The safety of guests and crew is always the top priority for cruise lines and we know they are all monitoring the weather and making changes and updates as needed.
Stay safe cruisers!