Cruise Ships Delayed by Severe Weather at New York, Baltimore and Tampa

Two Royal Caribbean cruise ships were delayed returning to Baltimore and New York. // Photo by Susan J. Young

Winter Storm Jonas played havoc with three cruise ship schedules this past weekend due to either wind or snow. But given massive flight cancellations due to severe weather across the U.S., cruisers may have been lucky to stay a bit longer on their vessels.

Scheduled to arrive at the Port of Baltimore on Sunday was Royal Caribbean International’s Grandeur of the Seas, but the port, which reported at least two feet of snow, was closed on Sunday for snow clean up. So the ship remained at sea and is expected to dock today (Monday).

That said, those cruisers slated to fly home from Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) were probably lucky to stay on the ship, a comfortable place to sleep and relax, as a significant number of flights from BWI were cancelled on Sunday.

Royal Caribbean said the ship’s next sailing is slated for today, January 25, a day later than originally expected due to the port closure. A letter with additional details on Grandeur’s itinerary will be provided to guests at check-in.

In addition, Anthem of the Seas is returning to its home port of Cape Liberty, Bayonne, NJ, on Tuesday morning, also a day later than originally scheduled. The next cruise will also embark guests and sail that day. Cruisers are being told by the line to arrive at their previously scheduled check-in time.

Royal Caribbean said a letter with additional details on Anthem’s itinerary will be provided to guests at check in. The line strongly encouraged guests to complete online check in and provide a preferred method of contact while traveling: www.royalcaribbean.com/onlinecheckin.

A Carnival Cruise Lines ship was delayed hours returning to Tampa due to high winds. // Photo by Susan J. Young

Separately, high winds impacting Tampa Bay forced Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Paradise to delay entry to the Port of Tampa on Saturday morning.

The ship was returning from a five-day cruise to Grand Cayman and Cozumel that had departed roundtrip from Tampa on January 18.

Instead, the ship docked at the passenger cruise terminal later in the day on Saturday, and guests for the next cruise embarked on Saturday night.

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