In a statement, Royal Caribbean said that it was cancelling all sailing itineraries sailing towards the Bahamas and Puerto Rico, and that the safety and security of its guests and crew is its top priority and that it is safe and secure. The company said that it is monitoring the situation and that any decision on cancelling sailing itineraries will be made as soon as possible.
Royal Caribbean has canceled its October cruise from Galveston, Texas to Cozumel, Mexico, due to tropical storm Grace. The ship will depart Sunday at 4 p.m. instead of Monday, Oct. 25th. The ship will arrive at Cozumel on Wednesday, Oct. 27th, and will depart Cozumel on Friday, Oct. 29th.
While cruising is a popular vacation for many, a storm in the Caribbean can put a damper on a vacation. Royal Caribbean Cruises has been forced to cancel a port stop in the Bahamas due to Tropical Storm Grace. Although Grace is not a hurricane, it is still a threat to the Bahamas and ships that venture into the area. A port stop will not be possible for the “Jewel of the Seas” and will be cancelled on October 29th/30th. The ship will return to port in Miami on November 2nd.. Read more about us cruises and let us know what you think.
Due to Tropical Storm Grace, which is sweeping through the Caribbean and headed towards Cozumel, Mexico, Royal Caribbean has had to alter the schedule for Symphony of the Seas.
Itinerary Change on the Symphony of the Seas
The first cruise ship schedule modification has been required due to Tropical Storm Grace, which is projected to become a hurricane in the coming hours. It’s for Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas, unfortunately.
The world’s biggest cruise ship is presently on a week-long Western Caribbean cruise, with a stop at Cozumel, Mexico, planned for Wednesday, August 18. Grace’s path will take her straight over the island when it makes landfall as a hurricane late Friday or early Thursday.
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As a consequence, Symphony of the Seas’ visit to the island has been canceled, and the ship will spend the day at sea instead. To compensate for the cancelled call, Royal Caribbean has added a stop in Nassau, Bahamas.
The Royal Caribbean cruise ship will dock in Nassau from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., and then return to the cruise line’s own island of Half Moon Cay on Friday as scheduled.
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The ship will still arrive in Miami, Florida, on time, and passengers will be relieved to learn that they were kept safe from the hurricane and were able to enjoy the same number of port calls. On Monday, the Symphony of the Seas docked in Costa Maya, Mexico, and will dock in Roatan today, August 17.
Observing the Seas’ Independence Sailing
The cruise company is keeping a careful watch on the developing Tropical Storm since it may affect the arrival of the Independence of the Seas on Friday, August 20. There are currently no modifications to the ship’s schedule, but this may change in the following days.
If you are on the Independence of the Seas seven-night Western Caribbean cruises that left the Port of Galveston on August 15, keep an eye out for any official updates from Royal Caribbean. This is the ship’s first voyage since March 2020, and the first in the fleet to resume operations from Galveston, Texas.
Grace is expected to strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane.
Grace is strengthening, and the National Hurricane Center (NOAA) expects it to become a category 1 hurricane in the next several hours. The hurricane is now 5 miles south of Montego Bay, Jamaica, another popular cruise destination. The dock where the Carnival Sunrise returned as the first cruise ship since the island closed to cruises in 2020.
Grace, a tropical storm (Photo courtesy of NOAA)
Grace is presently heading west at 15 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour. The storm’s intensity will increase when it passes over warm water, posing a serious threat to the Cayman Islands and the island of Cozumel, both major cruise destinations.
Cruise Hive will keep readers up to speed on the latest developments, including any cruise ships and ports that may be affected.
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