Hurricane Matthew Forces Cruise Ship Port Closures

By ,   October 5, 2016 ,   Cruise Industry

Two of the biggest cruise ports in the world, Port Canaveral and Port Miami, shut down as a result of the upcoming threat of Hurricane Matthew.

Matthew, which caused widespread devastation in Haiti, is heading towards the Bahamas and is expected to make landfall in Florida on Thursday. The hurricane caused a large number of cruise itinerary changes.

A statement by Port Miami, the world's busiest cruise port, says:

"Cargo terminals SFCT and POMTOC will be closed Oct. 5 for ALL VESSEL AND TRUCK TRAFFIC until further notice. We encourage cruise passengers to contact the lines directly for the most up-to-date itinerary changes."

For the first time since for 14 years, Port Canaveral issued an evacuation order for all port's landside port operations.

The National Hurricane Center claimed the following:

"There is a danger of life-threatening inundation during the next 36 hours along the Florida east coast from North Palm Beach to the Sebastian Inlet."

There were no ships due in to either cruise port today, however 3 vessels are due in tomorrow: Empress of the Seas and Carnival Sensation in Port Miami, Carnival Victory in Port Canaveral.

It is not yet clear whether the ports will remain closed as Hurricane Matthew, if it does hit Florida, is expected to make landfall tomorrow.

In case the ports stay shut, the cruise ships will either have to stay at sea or head to a different port further up Eastern Seaboard.