Modifications to Cruise Routes Due to Hurricane Beryl in the Caribbean

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As more alterations are declared, this post will be continually revised.

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LATEST UPDATE: Modifications to cruise schedules made by Carnival Cruise Line include:

  • Cancellation of the Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands visit by Carnival Horizon on Wednesday, July 3
  • Change in itinerary for Carnival Liberty, now heading to Cozumel, Mexico on Tuesday, July 2 instead of Friday, July 5 which will now be spend at sea

Carnival Cruise Line has issued a statement regarding these adjustments and the possibility of further alterations:

“Ensuring the safety of our passengers and crew is our primary concern. We are continuously monitoring forecasts and incorporating guidance from the National Hurricane Center, U.S. Coast Guard, and local port authorities to provide prompt updates to guests as more details unfold.”

ORIGINAL POST: The first hurricane of 2024 has developed and is anticipated to enter the Caribbean this week. Hurricane Beryl has now strengthened into a major hurricane with sustained winds up to 130 mph.

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How will Hurricane Beryl impact cruise voyages this week?

Areas under hurricane warning currently include Barbados, St. Lucia, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Tobago. The storm is predicted to cross over or close to these islands on Monday morning.

No cruise ships are scheduled to visit these islands in the next four days.

Hurricane Beryl is forecasted to pass just south of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands by midweek before progressing towards Mexico. The projected models are subject to change as the storm advances throughout the Caribbean.

While cruise cancellations are rare during hurricane and tropical storm occurrences, cruise operators often adjust routes to safeguard passengers and crew. This may involve re-routing to the Eastern Caribbean instead of the Western Caribbean, which the storm is currently tracking towards.

Alternatively, port visits may be replaced with additional sea days as cruise lines steer ships clear of approaching storms. To learn more about the protocol during a hurricane or tropical storm whilst on a cruise, refer to our Cruise Hurricane Guide here.

For the most recent Hurricane Beryl updates, visit the National Hurricane Center.

A statement from a Royal Caribbean spokesperson conveyed the following:

“Our top priority is the safety of our passengers, crew, and the communities we visit. We are vigilantly monitoring the progression of Hurricane Beryl and will adapt our Caribbean sailings as required. Guests and travel advisors will receive direct notifications of any necessary alterations.”

Carnival Cruise Line also responded to our inquiry, stating that at present, no changes have been made to their cruises.

Cruise Fever will monitor Hurricane Beryl closely and provide all announcements from cruise companies once available. We have contacted major cruise operators and will update this post upon receiving responses.



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