RICK BECOMES THE SEVENTH HURRICANE
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<CARNIVAL> TROPICAL UPDATE
October 20, 2009 – 11:00 am
We are closely monitoring Hurricane Rick which has developed off the west coast of Mexico. This storm is forecast to make landfall on the southern tip of Baja California on Wednesday
Due to the location of this storm, the following are the itinerary plans for the Carnival Splendor and Carnival Spirit departures today (October 18, 2009):
Carnival Splendor – The ship will visit Ensenada on Monday, Puerta Vallarta on Thursday and Cabo San Lucas on Friday.
Carnival Spirit – The ship will operate the scheduled itinerary.
Our highly trained officers and crew will do everything possible to minimize the impact to the cruise experience for our guests. The ships will navigate at a safe distance from the storm at all times. Carnival’s number one priority is the safety of our guests and crew.
This information will be updated if any additional changes are required.
<Royal Caribbean> Tropical Weather Update
October 19, 200912:00 p.m. E.S.T
Royal Caribbean International continues to closely monitor the itinerary of Radiance of the Seas due to Hurricane Rick, and will update this information again today, October 19 at 6:00 p.m. E.S.T.
Radiance of the Seas is scheduled to depart San Diego, California, today. According to the most recent weather forecasts, the ship will be able to depart on time and head south to Ensenada, Mexico.
However, it is too early to know if the storm track will permit the ship to continue to visit Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on Thursday. Should the ship be unable to visit Cabo San Lucas, an alternate itinerary has been arranged, in which guests would visit Ensenada, Mexico, Los Angeles and Catalina Island, California.
Cruise lines will do everything to keep passengers and crew safe. A cruise is rarely cancelled because of weather, even hurricanes. The cruise lines monitor progress of any storms both in their main offices and onboard the vessels. They work closely with the various weather services, such as NOAA and NHC, to make determinations about itinerary deviations.
Continue to watch this post, I will provide updates as conditions change. If you are on a cruise this week in the area, be sure to monitor the storm closely.