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Cruise Lines Cancel Sailings, Send Ships to Help Caribbean Islands Hit Hard by Hurricane Irma

Mary Forgione - The Los Angeles Times
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September 11, 2017
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Wave of up to 36 feet smashed into Havana, Cuba, forcing residents to navigate the streets in boats in the wake of Hurricane Irma (Reuters Newslook)

Update: Cruise Lines Will Favor Mexico and Western Caribbean in Hurricane Irma’s Wake (Bloomberg)

Cruise lines have canceled scheduled sailings and instead were sending their ships to bring supplies and evacuate stranded travelers from Caribbean islands raked by Hurricane Irma. With all Florida ports closed to ships Sunday as the brutal storm raked the state, several lines posted their plans on social media to inform passengers of the changes.

Irma, which at one point was Category 5 storm in the eastern Caribbean, slammed into Florida on Sunday as a Category 4 storm. Powerful winds and rain tore from the Florida Keys up to Orlando and the Everglades. The storm was expected to continue north to Georgia and beyond Monday.

... In all, Hurricane Irma caused 19 cruises to be canceled, 16 to be shortened and 16 to be revised, according to Cruise Critic. Check here for details of cancellations and modified itineraries. Cruise lines are refunding fares for canceled cruises. If you were scheduled to sail from a Florida port this week or next, contact your cruise line and check their social media outlets to see whether your itinerary has changed. Irma killed at least 24 people as it swept through the Caribbean. As of Sunday, five have died in the U.S. due to the storm.

Read the rest at The Los Angeles Times

Related: Cruise Lines Will Sail from Florida Again on Tuesday — But Airports Not Yet Fully Open (Miami Herald)

Related: Hurricane Irma Forces Cruise Lines to Shorten Some Trips and Cancel Others (The Los Angeles Times)

Related: Miami or Mexico? Trump Aide Mocked for Tweeting Video of Wrong Airport (The Guardian)

Related: Mexico Expresses Solidarity with Cuba Over Disastrous Hurricane Irma (Click Lancashire)


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