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Sandy shipwrecks cruise itineraries

Cruise ShipSuperstorm Sandy has been wreaking havoc on the US East Coast and international travel. This has been no different for cruises, with several cruise lines having to rearrange their itineraries. The storm has forced cruise ports along the coast to close, including those in New York City, Baltimore, Norfolk and Bayonne. Some cruises have been cancelled altogether because of this, and it appears that Carnival is the worst affected.

Carnival Cruise Lines cancelled the Carnival Glory’s 28 October departure from Norfolk, and it will be processing refunds to the original form of payment over the next two weeks. It has also cancelled the Carnival Pride’s 28 October sailing from Baltimore, and the same applies to refunds for the cruise. The company also helped customers get hotel rooms, offered $30 per person for dinner and refunded parking costs, while they can also get 25% off a future cruise. In place of the Baltimore cruise, a 2-day “Cruise to Nowhere” is being offered from the port on 2-4 November.

The 27 October departure for the Carnival Dream from Port Canaveral was delayed until 28 October. Instead of a 7-night sailing, the cruise will only be six nights – with Isla Roatan being taken out of the itinerary. Passengers are being given a 1-day pro-rated cruise fare, and refunds for government fees and taxes since the sailing won’t be calling at Isla Roatan. Gratuities will be adjusted as well. The Carnival Ecstasy’s departure from Port Canaveral on 27 October was pushed back a day as well, and it will sail a 4-night itinerary that will exclude a stop at Key West. Passengers will receive the same discounts/refunds as Carnival Dream guests.

The Carnival Fascination’s call at Half Moon Cay was cancelled and replaced with a visit to Freeport on 29 October. Instead of the Carnival Liberty calling to Half Moon Cay on 28 October, it stopped in Nassau, while its visits to San Juan and St Thomas were switched to 30 October and 31 October respectively. The Carnival Sensation had to cutback its 28 October sailing from a 4-night cruise to a 3-night cruise that departed 29 October, with plans to visit Freeport and Nassau.

The Carnival Miracle was due to call at three ports, but instead it only stopped in San Juan on 24 October and arrived back in New York on 28 October – one day early. This was to allow its next sailing to depart a day early on a revised itinerary. The new schedule has it calling at Port Canaveral on 31 October, Nassau on 1 November, Grand Turk on 3 November and returning to New York on 6 November. The cruise line cancelled calls at San Juan and St Thomas, and passengers will be refunded for extra parking expenses, up to $200 in airline change fees and won’t have to pay gratuities for the additional day.

Royal Caribbean Cruises delayed the 28 October departure of its Jewel of the Seas until 30 October, and the line was still deciding on a new itinerary. The Brilliance of the Seas cancelled its 30 October visit to Bar Harbor, with the sailing calling at St John on 29 October and staying there until 30 October. Enchantment of the Seas skipped its visit in King’s Wharf and stayed at sea. The Monarch of the Seas switched the order of its itinerary to stay at sea on 30 October and visit CocoCay on 1 November.

Princess Cruises changed the itinerary for the 28 October sailing on its Ruby Princess, with the 6-night cruise skipping a call at Princess Cay on 29 October. The Caribbean Princess bypassed its 29 October visit to Bermuda and instead docked on 28 October in Boston, where it will stay until otherwise stated. The Emerald Princess called at Port Saguenay on 28 October and won’t visit Bar Harbor on 31 October, Boston on 1 November or Newport on 2 November. Instead it will visit Corner Brook on 30 October, while the visit to Halifax has been delayed to 1 November.

Norwegian Cruise Line has decided to continue its Norwegian Gem’s sailing passed 29 October until the Port of New York is reopened. The 30 October call at Portland, Maine for the Norwegian Dawn was cancelled, and the ship was due to visit Halifax on 29 October for an overnight stay. All calls to Great Stirrup Cay have been cancelled for the remainder of the week and weekend because of structural damage and erosion on the beach. The Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Sky and Norwegian Pearl will all be affected.

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