Tropical Storm Matthew Affects Cruise Itineraries

By ,   September 28, 2016 ,   Cruise Industry

At least one cruise company has been forced to reroute its ships in the Caribbean due to tropical wave which is expected to develop into Tropical Storm Matthew later this week.

Royal Caribbean adjusted itineraries for Adventure of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, both of which on Sunday, September 25, departed Fort Lauderdale.

The Allure has replaced its September 28 visit to Saint Thomas with Labadee, line's private island. It will also skip Saint Maarten on September 29 and call at Falmouth instead.

On September 28, Adventure of the Seas will visit Saint Maarten, Saint Croix is next on September 29 and Saint Thomas - on September 30. The ship was originally scheduled to call at Saint Lucia and Barbados, and spend a sea day.

The storm, swirling off the coast of Barbados, produces wind speeds of 40-45 miles per hour. It's expected to move through Lesser Antilles today and tonight and Thursday - southeastern Caribbean Sea. No warnings have been issued.

According to National Hurricane Center,

"Regardless of whether or not the system becomes a tropical storm before it moves through the Lesser Antilles, tropical-storm-force winds and heavy rains will spread across Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique and St. Lucia today."