Friday’s Hurricane Dorian Cruise and Air Travel Updates

Carnival Sunshine
Carnival Sunshine

With Hurricane Dorian moving through the Carolinas, here are the latest cruise and air travel updates to keep in mind. 

Carnival Cruise Line reports that the Carnival Ecstasy departed Port Canaveral, rather than the Port of Jacksonville as originally planned, on September 5. A planned call at Freeport was cancelled, although the call at Nassau will continue as scheduled. The ship will return to Jacksonville Monday, September 9. 

While the Port of Charleston remains closed, Carnival says it “remains optimistic” that the September 7 sailing on Carnival Sunshine will operate as scheduled, replacing a planned call at Princess Cays with a visit to Nassau. 

Royal Caribbean reports that its private island destination of CocoCay did not sustain major damage, although the storm did wash away some sand and bricks, as well as take down some trees. CocoCay should reopen Saturday, September 7. 

The September 6 sailing of Adventure of the Seas will depart Cape Liberty at 6 p.m. Friday instead of 3 p.m., replacing a planned call at Bar Harbor, Maine, with a day at sea. Royal Caribbean is also monitoring the path of the storm; should it make its way to the New Jersey and New York area, it may be necessary to adjust the departure time of the September 7 sailing of Anthem of the Seas

Norwegian Cruise Line reports that the Norwegian Sun will depart Port Canaveral on September 7 as planned on a five-day Bahamas cruise with an overnight in Nassau. 

Air Travel Updates

A number of airlines have issued change waivers due to the storm:

American Airlines – through September 7
Delta – through September 13
United Airlines – through September 7
JetBlue – through September 6
Southwest Airlines – through September 7
Frontier Airlines – through September 6


Hurricane Dorian made landfall over Cape Hatteras as a Category 1 hurricane on Friday, according to USA Today. It is set to remain a powerful hurricane as it moves near or along the coast of North Carolina over the next several hours. 

According to the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center, the storm should move to the southeast of extreme southeastern New England tonight and Saturday morning, and then across Nova Scotia late Saturday or Saturday night.

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