Cruise Ships Calls Cancelled Due to Hurricane Florence

By ,   September 17, 2018 ,   Cruise Industry

While Bermuda was spared a hit from Hurricane Florence, it was impacted financially, with 6 cruise ships cancelling their visits in an effort to avoid the path of the storm as it churned through the Atlantic Ocean, resulting in an estimated loss of more than US$1.5 million in visitor spending.

Bermuda Tourism Authority also confirmed that the 6 cruise liners had an estimated 13,910 passengers, resulting in US$1.59M of estimated losses in visitor spending on the island.

BTA noted the spending figure was based on average spend of cruisers last year, and the figure doesn't include port fees or taxes.

Port of Hamilton (Bermuda)

Image: Port of Hamilton (Bermuda)

The storm had a devastating impact on the east coast of the United States, with American media reporting that Hurricane Florence had left at least 13 people dead.

Officials declared states of emergency in a number of states, including Georgia, Carolinas, Virginia and Maryland. Florence weakened into tropical depression but flash and major river flooding are expected to go on over significant portions of the Carolinas.

The National Hurricane Center announced that excessive amounts of rain are still being dumped in North Carolina. An elevated risk of landslides is expected in western North Carolina.