Cruise Ship Itineraries Changed Due to Weather and Mechanical Problems

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Several cruise ship itineraries are being changed at the moment, leaving passengers unable to visit the ports they hoped they would see.


In the Pacific Ocean, Tropical Cyclone Winston is causing havoc as one the most powerful storms ever in the Southern Hemisphere. Several cruises are being diverted and all visits to ports in Fiji have been cancelled for the foreseeable future as the clean up there continues. Instead of Fiji, the Pacific Pearl which was supposed to be on a Fiji Encounter cruise will go to Tonga, missing out the three Fijians calls.
Another ship owned by P&O, the Pacific Jewel has cancelled its scheduled stop in Vanatu and the Queen Victoria owned by Cunard has cancelled a call into Apia due to the rough weather and they hope to sail further east in an attempt to avoid the storm.
Finally Royal Caribbean has had to change the schedules of both the Voyager of the Seas and Legend of the Seas to try and keep out of the way of the cyclone.
So far 17 people are believed to have died in the cyclone in Fiji when it struck the island chain on Saturday, February 20 and there is now a 30 day state of emergency throughout the whole nation.
On the other side of the world, there have been itinerary changes to the Carnival Fantasy due to technical problems with the propulsion system. The ship was due to leave PortMiami on Monday, February 22 at 4 p.m. but in the event did not receive clearance to sail until 9 p.m. due to the technical problem.
It is still unable to travel at full speed and so the planned five day cruise to Key West and Cozumel has been changed to include Nassau in the Bahamas and Freeport in Jamaica.
Due to the major itinerary change, Carnival has offered guests 25 percent off a future cruise and $50 onboard credit.

 

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