Tropical Storm Otto Causes Cruise Ship Itinerary Change

By ,   November 22, 2016 ,   Cruise Industry

At least one cruise company has been influenced by Tropical Storm Otto, rare late-season storm now swirling around southwestern Caribbean Sea.

Norwegian Cruise Line adjusted Norwegian Pearl's itinerary, that initially included a call at Limon, Costa Rica today, November 22. The ship will spend the day at sea; it is expected to arrive in Roatan, Honduras, on Thursday, November 24, as scheduled.

Two more ships - Coral Princess and Oceania Regatta - are scheduled to call on ports within the vicinity Thursday, when the storm is expected to be more inland. No further itineraries have been altered.

The storm has maximum sustained wind speeds of 50 miles per hour and is expected to become a hurricane within the next few days. It could make landfall in Nicaragua or Costa Rica Thanksgiving Day. Although heavy rainfall across the region is in the forecast, no storm watches or warnings have been issued.