Cruise lines have canceled every cruise scheduled to depart from Florida on Friday (September 8). Many of Saturday's sailings have been also canceled.
5 of 10 cruises scheduled to start in Florida on Saturday, September 9, have been canceled or delayed, including all departures scheduled for Royal Caribbean, Disney Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line and MSC Cruises. Only Carnival's 5 Saturday sailings from Florida remain on schedule.
Several cruise lines, of which Disney and Royal Caribbean have canceled or delayed cruises from Florida scheduled for Sunday and Monday (September 10 and 11). The delayed cruises include Sunday's Royal Caribbean sailing aboard the world's largest cruise ship Harmony of the Seas.
All of the lines offer passengers on the canceled cruises a refund and an additional credit which can be used for a future sailing. Passengers on delayed cruises get a pro-rated refund and have the option of canceling the voyages.
The delayed departures and the cancellations have affected the vacations of over 40,000 people.
Irma is expected in Florida by Sunday. As of 8:00 a.m. ET today, September 7, the storm was around 110 miles north of Punta Cana and moving to west-northwest at 17 mi/h. The hurricane had max sustained winds of 180 mi/h.