Hurricane Joaquin affects itineraries

By ,   October 1, 2015 ,   Accidents

Three of the major cruise lines were forced to reroute their vessels to avoid Hurricane Joaquin.

Carnival altered its itineraries in Eastern Caribbean for Carnival Pride and Carnival Valor. Pride's itinerary from Baltimore on September 30 will replace its call at Half Moon Cay on October 1 with a day at sea. Valor's cruise from Port Canaveral on September 26 will miss Grand Turk and instead spend a sea day on October 1.

Princess Cruises replaced the call of Royal Princess at the private island of the line. The ship did not call at Princess Cays on September 30, Wednesday.

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) canceled the Nassau call of Norwegian Getaway scheduled for the end of this week. On October 2, Friday, the vessel will skip Nassau before returning to Miami on October 3, Saturday morning.

The storm is swirling off the coast of Bahamas with 80 mph winds. Hurricane Joaquin prompted tropical storm warning for central Bahamas and watch for country's northern part.

The National Hurricane Center announced that the storm would linger near Bahamas through October 2, before heading north. On Monday, October 5, Joaquin is expected to reach New Jersey. Hazardous threats include storm surges, high winds and heavy rainfall.

Royal Caribbean and Disney also have cruise ships calling at Bahamas this week, but haven't announced any changes yet. Additionally, Crystal and Silversea are scheduled to be in New York on Monday.