Hurricane Madeline Prompts Hawaii Cruise Itinerary Changes

By ,   August 31, 2016 ,   Cruise Industry

Hurricane Madeline plows towards the Hawaiian Islands, and one cruise line was forced to alter its course.

Norwegian Cruise Line's Pride of America, which left Honolulu on August 27 for a week-long cruise, canceled its today call at Kailua Kona and tomorrow call at Kauai. The ship will instead spend one day at sea and another sailing along the Na Pali coast.

Pride of America's itinerary has been further modified to avoid the storm's current path. The ship will extend its time in Kauai September 2 by 4 hours, departing at 6 p.m. instead of 2 p.m.

Currently at Category 4, Hurricane Madeline has maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour and has already prompted warnings across the region. A Tropical Storm Warning and Hurricane Watch are in affect for Hawaii County, in the Big Island. A Tropical Storm Watch is in affect for Maui County, including the islands of Maui Molokai and Lanai.

According to the National Hurricane Center, hazards posing a threat to land include strong winds, heavy rainfall and swells that potentially could damage the east-facing shorelines of Hawaii County and eastern Maui.

Pride of America is expected to return to Honolulu September 3.