Hurricane Matthew Prompts Ship Port Closures
PortMiami and Port Canaveral, two of the busiest cruise ports in the world, have been forced to shut down cruise operations in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew. Both cruise ports will close by this afternoon and will remain closed until further notice. This is the first time since 2004's storm season that Port Canaveral has been forced to shut down operations.
Hurricane Matthew has caused a number of disruptions to Caribbean cruise itineraries, and some cruise lines have already rerouted their ships and itineraries to avoid crossing paths with the storm.
- Empress of the Seas, which was scheduled to depart from PortMiami on October 6, is currently scheduled to depart on Friday, October 7.
- Majesty of the Seas will make a stop in Key West on October 5 in place of Nassau.
- Allure of the Seas is altering the order of its cruise stops, stopping at Falmouth, Jamaica and Labadee, Haiti toward the end of the cruise.
Carnival Cruise Line
- Carnival Pride, which was scheduled to set sail to the Bahamas from Baltimore this past Sunday, was instead rerouted to New York City and then New Brunswick, Canada.
- Carnival Ecstasy will now visit Cozumel Mexico in place of Half Moon Cay, Freeport and Nassau, with extra days at sea added to the itinerary.
Norwegian Cruise Line
- Norwegian Sky replaced stops in Freeport (October 4) and Nassau (October 5) with stops in Key West and Cozumel (respectively).
- Fathom Adonia will skip its stop in Santiago, Cuba on Thursday and will instead spend a full day in Cienfuegos, Cuba.
An imminent threat to the Southeastern US coastline, the hurricane has already barreled through the central Caribbean—with particular damaging effect on Haiti—over the last 24 hours. Matthew is expected to hit the east coast of Florida by Thursday evening.
If you are scheduled to cruise out of PortMiami or Port Canaveral over the next few days, contact your travel agent or cruise line for information on any changes in itinerary. For more information on Hurricane Matthew's trajectory, visit the National Hurricane Center's website.