A tropical disturbance that has been moving through the western Caribbean has forced Carnival Cruise Line to modify a number of itineraries, a Carnival representative tells Travel Agent. Thus far the cruise line has modified itineraries on the Carnival Sensation, Carnival Breeze, Carnival Splendor and Carnival Dream.
On Carnival Sensation’s five-day cruise from Miami, which departed October 23, as well as on Carnival Breeze’s seven-day cruise from Galveston, which departed October 22, the cruise line replaced the planned October 26 call at Grand Cayman with a sea day. On Carnival Splendor's seven-day cruise from Miami, which departed October 22, the planned call at Grand Cayman on October 27 has been replaced with a sea day.
On Carnival Dream’s seven-day cruise from New Orleans, which departed October 22, Carnival has replaced the planned call at Belize on October 26 with a stop at Cozumel, and the planned October 27 call at Cozumel with a call at Progreso.
According to the latest forecasts, the tropical disturbance, which is an area of thunderstorms that’s been gathering along the coasts of Nicaragua and Honduras late this week, could potentially strengthen to tropical storm status. If it did so, it would be named Tropical Storm Philippe. Regardless of whether or not it becomes a tropical storm, meteorologists are calling for the storm to bring severe weather and flight disruptions to the eastern coast of the United States later this weekend. Major airlines, including American Airlines and United Airlines, have issued change waivers for October 29 involving a number of airports on the east coast in anticipation of flight disruptions caused by the storms.