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Earl sparks port cancellations, itinerary changes

Hurricane Earl 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.
/ Source: CruiseCritic.com

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

The one-time Category 4 storm is moving up the coast after battering islands across the northeastern Caribbean.

"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.

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.