The ship left NY on Sunday, September 9, heading towards the Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas instead of Bermuda's King's Wharf as planned, reports USA Today.
Cruise ship passengers that booked trips to Bermuda are "airing their disappointment" after their cruise destinations were changed as a result of forecasted weather conditions in relation to nearby storm systems, according to a report in "The Star Halifax".
The Baltimore-based Carnival Pride switched its Sept. 9 cruise from Bermuda to the eastern Caribbean, with a stop at Grand Turk on Sept. 12, Half Moon Cay on Sept. 13 and Freeport on Sept. 14. It's 684-passenger Sirena will completely bypass Bermuda during its journey from Europe and will now instead call at Nassau on September 15, before returning to Miami the next day. The vessels departed Baltimore on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Another Carnival ship, the New York-based, 3,936-passenger Carnival Horizon, cancelled a Sunday call at San Juan, Puerto Rico and has shifted the date of a call in the Dominican Republic as it alters its route to stay out of the storm's way. It's due back in NY on Thursday.
Two ships operated by luxury cruise line Oceania Cruiseshave also had to modify their itineraries.
Earlier this month, Norwegian Cruise Line confirmed its ship, Norwegian Dawn, would no longer sail to Bermuda because of Hurricane Florence and instead visit ports in Canada. Passengers of the Oceania cruise line ship "Insignia" say they are disappointed they were forced to change course, but understand why they had to dock. The National Hurricane Center on Monday said the Category 4 hurricane was rapidly strengthening and could approach the Carolinas by Thursday.
As of noon on Monday, Florence was more than 1,200 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving westward. This means sustained winds of 39 mph are possible within 72 hours.