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updated 9/2/2010 12:33:16 PM ET 2010-09-02T16:33:16

Hurricane Earl, the Category 3 storm barreling toward the East Coast, has sparked a number of port cancellations and itinerary changes for ships on Canada and New England cruises and transatlantic sailings, as well as vessels based in northeast U.S. homeports.

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Cunard
The cruise line said the Queen Mary 2, currently making its way across the Atlantic, will arrive on schedule in New York City on Friday, and will remain in port until early Saturday. "As a consequence, its originally planned Saturday call in Newport has been canceled," Cunard said in a statement. "QM2 will now proceed directly to Boston, where the ship will arrive on Sunday as scheduled."

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Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Miracle, which is currently on an eight-night cruise roundtrip from New York, will now arrive back in New York on Friday, one day earlier than originally scheduled. The ship will dock overnight in New York (a sea day has been nixed), and the cruise will conclude on schedule on Saturday.

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Carnival Pride is skipping Friday's scheduled call in Freeport, Bahamas. The ship will now steam directly for its debarkation port of Baltimore, where it is scheduled to arrive at 9 a.m. on Sunday. "Since we are expecting rough seas as we return to Baltimore, the ship must reduce its speed in the interest of guest safety and comfort," the company said in a statement.

Princess Cruises
Princess Cruises has canceled Caribbean Princess' scheduled call in Halifax. The ship will now sail directly for New York to avoid the worst of Hurricane Earl. Caribbean Princess will make a call in Manhattan on Friday, and during the early morning of Saturday, September 4, the ship will reposition to the Cruise Terminal in Brooklyn in time for disembarkation Saturday morning.

"We expect embarkation for the next voyage to commence as planned and Caribbean Princess will sail from New York at 5 p.m. Saturday evening," a Princess spokesperson told Cruise Critic.

Celebrity Cruises
Celebrity Summit will no longer call on both Saint John (Bay of Fundy) and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Summit will now visit Halifax today and spend Friday and Saturday at sea. Celebrity Cruises also says that it is closely monitoring Hurricane Earl's potential impact to Summit's next sailing, which is scheduled to depart Cape Liberty, N.J., on Sunday.

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Holland America
Holland America has had to change the route for Eurodam, which left from Amsterdam on August 19 on an 18-night transatlantic cruise. On Friday, Eurodam will call at Halifax rather than Sydney, Nova Scotia. The ship will be at sea over the weekend and will remain out of the projected path of Hurricane Earl. The cruise will finish as planned on Monday, September 6 in New York, where passengers will embark for the next cruise, a 10-night Canada and New England voyage, as scheduled.

Maasdam, in the midst of a seven-night Canada and New England Cruise that left from Quebec on August 28, will sail a dramatically altered itinerary. Maasdam departed from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island as scheduled on August 31, and the ship will now sail directly to Boston, the debarkation port, arriving this evening. As a result of the early arrival in Boston, port calls at Sydney and Halifax, Nova Scotia, as well as Bar Harbor, Maine, have been canceled.

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"This will put the ship safely alongside in Boston ahead of the storm's anticipated arrival," according to a statement from Holland America. Passengers will be allowed to stay onboard the ship until Saturday morning, the originally scheduled departure time. The statement from HAL adds that, "Subject to receiving approval from the various governmental agencies that are involved in the disembarkation process, [the line] will try and make it possible for guests who want to leave the ship on Friday to do so. No changes are currently planned for Maasdam's September 4 cruise from Boston, a seven-night Canada and New England sailing.

Video: N.C. residents, tourists evacuate ahead of Earl (on this page)

Holland America has tweaked the itinerary for Veendam, which departed from New York on August 29 for a seven-night Bermuda Cruise. On Friday, Veendam will depart Hamilton a few hours early, and the ship is scheduled to arrive in New York as planned on Sunday, September 5. Passengers embarking on the September 5 sailing will do so as scheduled.

Video: N.C. residents, tourists evacuate ahead of Earl

  1. Transcript of: N.C. residents, tourists evacuate ahead of Earl

    MATT LAUER, co-host: Let's begin , though, this morning with Hurricane Earl . Al is in Kill Devil Hills in North Carolina on the Outer Banks . He's tracking the storm . Al , good morning to you.

    AL ROKER reporting: Well, good morning, Matt. And yes, Earl has strengthened overnight, a Category 4 storm . Let's give you the latest details on Earl . First of all, we've got a very active area out there. You can see Atlantic storms. We've got Earl with 145 mile per hour winds, Fiona with 50 mile per hour winds, Gaston with 40 mile per hour winds and then another tropical wave that's coming off Africa . Now, the latest on Earl . Currently, as we said, 145 mile per hour winds. It's about 410 miles south of Cape Hatteras , Category 4 storm . It's moving north -northwest at 18 miles per hour . That's very quick for a storm this size. We've got hurricane warnings up for much of the entire North Carolina coastline. We've also got hurricane watches from the North Carolina / Virginia border all the way up through New York . Tropical storm watches up into New England . We've got hurricane watches in parts of New England as well. And in fact, what we're expecting today, Earl is going to be a big problem. We already have evacuations, mandatory evacuations for Cape Hatteras , for Hatteras Island and for Okracoke Island , and the Dare County officials just issued an evacuation for all tourists and visitors and are urging oceanfront residents to seek other places to live. They are telling people it's time to pack up and go home. As the beaches of North Carolina produced another day of fun in the sun, residents and tourists are now evacuating for what lurks just beyond the horizon, Hurricane Earl .

    Ms. IRIS FREEMAN (Tourist): I've been the harbinger of doom.

    Unidentified Woman: Yeah.

    Ms. FREEMAN: Doom and gloom and fright and fear.

    ROKER: And fright and fear were the overriding factors for these Pennsylvania tourists, choosing to go home before the mandatory evacuation was issued late Wednesday.

    Ms. FREEMAN: And I was recently reading a book that used the words for the

    ocean: roiling. And I 'd never heard that term before, but this ocean has been roiling since we got here.

    ROKER: And roiling waters and storm predictions were all the governor of North Carolina needed to declare a state of emergency.

    Governor BEV PURDUE (Democrat, North Carolina): Just because people are telling us tonight, based on predictor models, that it is just going to come close to our coast we've all got to be very sensitive to the fact that in the blink of an eye it could change.

    ROKER: The last big storm to hit North Carolina , Hurricane Isabel in 2003 , killed at least 16 and caused $3.4 billion in damage on its path up the Eastern US .

    Mr. JIM GUIDONE (American Red Cross): Between the personnel, the vehicles, and we also have four warehouses fully stocked in the area with cots and blankets and food and water. So the Red Cross is ready.

    ROKER: And while Earl is stirring up a sense of urgency down below, it's also creating a sense of wonder from above.

    Unidentified Astronaut: The strength of the storm looks just absolutely amazing. Just an unbelievable view of the planet. But you have to wonder what's going on below those clouds.

    ROKER: And of course, the question is where is Earl going? We've got the latest from the National Hurricane Center , a consensus of all the computer models. Let's take a look. The general consensus is it's not going to make landfall in the Outer Banks here; however, it's going to be awfully close. And a jog one way to the other, especially to the left, could cause big problems. Let's look at the map and show you the path of the storm . We're expecting to see Gaston -- I should say Earl -- make its way up the coast and cause a lot of problems as we make our way in to late tonight early tomorrow morning as Gaston -- as -- I'm sorry -- as Earl comes along the coast. The hurricane force-winds extend out 90 miles from the center of the storm . Tropical force winds extend out 200 miles from the center of the storm . So it doesn't have to make landfall to cause big problems. And then late tonight, early tomorrow, it continues up the coast, and by early Saturday morning it is going to be making some kind of a run at New England . Doesn't make landfall near Nantucket or not? We'll have to wait and see. But again, this is going to be a powerful storm to keep an eye on, even though as it gets closer it's not going to be a Category 4 , it's going to lose some strength, Matt. But as it gets closer, even if it drops down to a Category 3 or 2 it could still cause significant damage.

Photos: Hurricane Earl

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  1. A city worker pulls back after cutting a section of a downed tree in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Saturday, Sept. 4. after Tropical Storm Earl had moved through the province. (Paul Darrow / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Waves from hurricane Earl pound the coast at Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia, on Sept. 4. Police closed roads leading to the iconic lighthouse as a safety precaution, keeping the curious away from the dangerous rocks. Heavy rain, high winds and surf battered the region. (Andrew Vaughan / The Canadian Press via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. From left in the canoe, Lexi Olson, 12, Petunia the pug, Corey Olsen, 9, and Amber Racette, 13, and in the water, Bennett Hartley, 7, and sister Ella, all of Brewster, Mass., enjoy what the neighborhood jokingly calls "Lake Leona" after Leona Terrace was flooded by Tropical Storm Earl in Brewster, Mass., on Cape Cod, Sept. 4. According to residents, the road frequently floods during major storms, but this is the highest they've seen it. (Julia Cumes / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Traffic backs up on the Bonner Bridge near Nags Head, N.C., on Sept. 4, as people return to Hatteras Island following mandatory evacuations of the barrier island for Hurricane Earl. (Gerry Broome / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Local resident Russell Lowe kayaks along a beach road during Hurricane Earl in Nags Head, North Carolina Friday, Sept. 3. (Richard Clement / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. A metal roof is seen on the ground after winds from Hurricane Earl passed through overnight in Nags Head, N.C., Friday. (Gerry Broome / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Utilities workers try to support power lines that were blown sideways from winds produced by Hurricane Earl in Nags Head, N.C., Friday. (Gerry Broome / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. People including Ben Sharp, second from left, of Lewes, Del., watch weather from Hurricane Earl start to move into Rehoboth Beach, Del. on Friday. (Jacquelyn Martin / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. R.V. Hodge removes sandbags from a storefront in Beaufort, N.C., as residents return to business as usual after Hurricane Earl brushed past the North Carolina coast Friday. (Chuck Burton / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. A man uses an umbrella while riding his bike as Hurricane Earl churns up the coast in Virginia Beach, Va., on Friday, Sept. 3. (Evan Vucci / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. The surf pounds the Oceana Pier as Hurricane Earl heads toward the eastern coast in Atlantic Beach, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 2. (Chuck Burton / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. A photo of Hurricane Earl's eye taken from the HDVis camera on the underside of NASA's unmanned Global Hawk aircraft. Global Hawk captured this photo from an altitude of 60,000 ft. on Thursday morning. The Global Hawk is one of three aircraft involved in the Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes (GRIP) experiment to better understand how tropical storms form and develop into major hurricanes. (NOAA / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Town workers, from right, Jose Pineda, Travis Thompson, and Cager Jones, install barriers on the boardwalk as the storm heads toward the eastern coast in Atlantic Beach, N.C., Thursday. (Chuck Burton / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. This Thursday image shows Hurricane Earl closing in on a large part of the Eastern Seabord on Thursday. The strongest Atlantic storm of 2010 is on course to hit the coast of North Carolina and then move north. (NOAA via AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Vehicles sit in traffic on the Croatan Highway near Southern Shores, N.C. as people evacuate the Outer Banks area on Thursday. Authorities issued a mandatory evacuation notice as forecasters expect Earl to pass through the area late Thursday night, into Friday morning. (Mark Wilson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Tina McGory of Columbia, S.C. loads up her car Thursday to leave her rented Kitty Hawk, N.C. beach house early due to the approaching storm. (Mark Wilson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. In Kitty Hawk Thursday, this front end loader dumps sand on the beach to help prevent inland flooding. (Mark Wilson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. A surfer enjoys the increasing size of the waves as Hurricane Earl approaches the Outer Banks city of Kill Devil Hills, N.C. on Wednesday. The hurricane is expected to work its way up the Eastern seaboard. (Paul J. Richards / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. A sign that reads "Go away Earl" outside a hotel is seen as the sun sets in Buxton on Wednesday. (Chuck Liddy / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Residents boarded up beach homes, like these in Hatteras, all along the Outer Banks on Wednesday. (Gerry Broome / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. A boat is battered by waves in Sopers Hole during the passage of Hurricane Earl near Tortola, British Virgin Islands on Monday, Aug. 30. The hurricane was expected to remain over the open ocean before turning north and running parallel to the U.S. coast, potentially reaching the North Carolina coastal region by late Thursday or early Friday. (Todd Vansickle / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Astronaut Douglas Wheelock photographed Hurricane Earl aboard the International Space Station on Tuesday. Wheelock has been posting photos of the season's Atlantic storms on Twitter. (Douglas H. Wheelcock / NASA) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Luis Colon uses an umbrella to shield himself from rain and wind caused by the approaching Hurricane Earl in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Monday. The storm battered some islands across the northeastern Caribbean with heavy rain and roof-ripping winds Monday. (Andres Leighton / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Meteorologist Jessica Schauer works on tracking Hurricane Earl at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Fla. on Monday. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. A boy takes cover from a wave caused by the approaching storm in Fajardo, Puerto Rico on Monday. (Ricardo Arduengo / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Heavy rains caused a nearby river to overflow, flooding this house in Potters Village, on the outskirts of St. John's, Antigua on Monday. (Johnny Jno-baptiste / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Army soldiers help to remove a fallen tree at the village of Liberta Monday after Hurricane Earl passed near Antigua. (Johnny Jno-baptiste / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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