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Friday,  July 19, 2024 4:15 PM 

Cruise ships change course as Beryl hammers the Caribbean

  • Cruises
  •   07-04-2024  10:24 am
  •   Pax Global Media

Cruise ships change course as Beryl hammers the Caribbean
(Unsplash/Nico Smit)
Pax Global Media

Hurricane Beryl is barrelling through the Caribbean – and cruise lines are pivoting accordingly with altered dates and destinations.

Ship from Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Norwegian and Disney have all adjusted their Caribbean ports of call due to the potential impacts from the storm, which passed by Jamaica on Wednesday (July 3) and is in the Cayman Islands today.

Record-warm waters, at one point, allowed the storm to strengthen into a Category 5 hurricane – the earliest ever recorded in the Atlantic basin.

Due to the storm’s severity, stops in touristic destinations, such as Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and the Yucatan in Mexico have been changed.

Ships change course

Carnival Horizon, originally set to stop in Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands on July 3, cancelled its visit. Its scheduled trip to Cozumel, Mexico, on July 4 was also replaced with Nassau in the Bahamas on July 5.

Carnival Liberty, meanwhile, rescheduled its July 5 stop in Cozumel to keep a safe distance from the storm.

Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas, Wonder of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas were all initially scheduled to stop at locations within Beryl’s impact zone, but have since changed course.

Some ships, such as Grandeur of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas, have changed the days they make stops in Cozumel, in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, to avoid Beryl’s wrath.

Others have delayed or replaced visits to places such as Kralendijk, Bonaire, and Roatan, Honduras, with stops at Oranjestad, Aruba, and Nassau, Bahamas.

Disney’s Fantasy ship is also no longer expected to stop in Jamaica during its seven-night excursion of the Caribbean and southwest Atlantic.

Norwegian Cruise Line is also switching up itineraries on two voyages aboard Norwegian Jade and Norwegian Breakaway, cancelling stops in Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Belize and Cozumel and Costa Maya in Mexico.

The days ahead

Hurricane Beryl sideswiped Jamaica with heavy rains and 145 mph winds yesterday as the storm roared along the island's southern coast, tearing off roofs and knocking down power lines.

The Jamaican government has ended its hurricane warning as Beryl now heads for the Cayman Islands. But rainfall and flash-flooding still pose a risk on the island.

The storm’s eye will approach the Cayman Islands today before heading towards Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

Beryl is forecast to make landfall in a sparsely populated area south of Tulum in the early hours of Friday, most likely as a Category 2 storm.

But there’s a chance the system will remain a major hurricane, with potential to hit southern Texas and Louisiana over the weekend, according to the U.S. National Weather Service.

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has warned that the North Atlantic could get as many as seven major hurricanes this year – up from an average of three in a season.


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