Tropical Storm Earl Likely to Impact Caribbean Cruises

Update: Tropical Storm Earl has now been officially upgraded as of 8/2/16. Meanwhile, at least two cruise lines have adjusted their routes.

Current projected path, as of 11 a.m. central, 8/2/16

Tropical storm Earl's path

Royal Caribbean Blog reports that Royal Caribbean has adjusted the routes for the Liberty of the Seas and Empress of the Seas due to the storm.

CruiseFever reports that Carnival is adjusted the schedules for the Glory and the Magic.

Original article:

No, it’s not yet officially a hurricane… or even a named tropical storm. However, it appears only a matter of time before a tropical disturbance in the Caribbean turns into the next named storm — Earl.

It also appears only a matter of time before that storm begins to have an impact on cruises to the area.

Here’s a map of where the storm sits as of the morning of August 1st:

Hurricane Earl and its effect on cruise ports

Right now the storm is projected to continue due west. As you can see, that will put a number of Caribbean ports directly within it’s path. This includes ports of Ocho Rios, Labadee, Grand Cayman, Roatan, Cozumel, Belize City, and Costa Maya.

So far, there is no official word from the cruise companies about changes to the itineraries. If you’d like to keep track, then you can follow the cruise company’s twitter accounts here:

Royal Caribbean: https://twitter.com/RoyalCaribbean

Carnival: https://twitter.com/CarnivalCruise

Norwegian: https://twitter.com/cruisenorwegian

Princess: https://twitter.com/PrincessCruises

Disney: https://twitter.com/DisneyCruise

You can also look for weather updates on your cruise line’s website, or they will often contact you directly if there are changes to your ship’s schedule.

Keep in mind as well that the captain has the right to make changes during the trip based on weather and forecasts. Just because there is no official announcement before your cruise doesn’t mean there won’t be any changes once you are underway.

For more on tracking the storm’s status, you can follow along on Weather Underground.

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