Cruise Ships Scurry to Bahamas to Avoid Hurricane Florence

Cruise ships steer away from Florence

Major cruise lines are altering their routes to avoid Category 4 hurricane Florence, which is likely to strike the USA east coast on Thursday.

The New York-based Carnival Horizon visited Amber Cove (Dominican Republic) on Sunday instead of Monday, dropping Sunday's scheduled call at San Juan.

In all, the changes are affecting the cruises of more than 15,000 vacationers. Instead of going to Bermuda, the New York-based Norwegian Escape's September 9 cruise headed south to Florida and the Bahamas and is visiting Port Canaveral, Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau.

Also rerouting to the Bahamas this week instead of Bermuda are two Baltimore-based ships: Royal Caribbean's 2,446-passenger Grandeur of the Seas and Carnival Cruise Line's 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride.

It is due back in NY on Thursday.

"Due to Hurricane Florence in the Eastern Atlantic, we have modified Norwegian Dawn's itinerary".

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Its sister vessel Insignia will also be calling at New Brunswick, Maine, and NY instead of Bermuda in order to stay away from Florence.

In a preemptive move, the 2,340-passenger Norwegian Dawn sailed for Canada and New England on Friday instead of Bermuda and is in the midst of unexpected stops in Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia; St. John, New Brunswick; and Bar Harbor, Maine.

In a statement, Norwegian Cruise Line said the safety and security of their guests is their top priority, adding that the nature of cruise vacations means that itinerary changes are sometimes necessary for a variety of reasons.

In its last update, the National Hurricane Center said Florence is centered around 575 miles southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving at around 17 miles per hour.

The infographic below, provided by Statista, demonstrates the comparative cost of damage caused by recent hurricanes.

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