Cruise Ships Alter Course in Face of Noel

Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean have been forced to rearrange some itineraries due to Tropical Storm Noel, which has been churning its way northeast from Cuba, threatening Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas. Here are the latest itinerary changes as of Tuesday afternoon:

Carnival Legend and Carnival Valor, which departed Sunday on seven-day cruises from Tampa and Miami, respectively, were at sea on Tuesday as opposed to calling at Grand Cayman. The rest of the itineraries will go on as scheduled.

Carnival's Sensation, which left Sunday from Port Canaveral for a four-day cruise, remained in Nassau overnight on Tuesday and was due to depart Wednesday at 6 a.m. on its way back to Florida.

Among Royal Caribbean ships, Explorer of the Seas, which left Bayonne, NJ, last Friday on a nine-night cruise, called at St. Martin instead of Casa de Campo on Tuesday before resuming its regular course on Wednesday.

Royal Caribbean's Sovereign of the Seas, on a four-night Bahamas itinerary from Port Canaveral, canceled calls at Coco Cay and Nassau on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively; instead, the ship was at sea on Tuesday and slated to call at Key West on Wednesday before returning home as scheduled on Friday.

Enchantment of the Seas, on a five-night cruise from Port Everglades, did not call in Nassau on Tuesday and would visit Cozumel instead. Freedom of the Seas, which left Miami on Sunday on a seven-night cruise, reversed the order of its port calls, but will not visit Labadee due to a berthing issue.

Majesty of the Seas, which left Miami on a four-night cruise Monday, would not call in Nassau on Tuesday and Coco Cay on Wednesday, replacing those ports with Key West and Cozumel.

Any new information regarding itinerary changes will be posted at [http://www.travelagentcentral.com]. (DE)

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