Cruise Lines Forced To Change Planned Routes Due To Hurricane Irma

Three cruise lines have cancelled some of the planned destinations on their itineraries due to the incoming Hurricane Irma.

Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas and MSC Divina have been affected, changing from an Eastern Caribbean trip to a Western Caribbean one.

Four of Carnival Cruise Line’s ships including Carnival Glory and Carnival Magic have also been affected in a similar way.

It is hoped that the change will avoid the worst of the weather.

Hurricane Irma is set to hit many of the Caribbean islands such as Antigua, St Kitts and St Barts.

It is currently classified as a Category 3 hurricane, with winds of up to 120mph.

The current update regarding Hurricane Irma states that it could even affect Florida as it continues to grow closer.

Hurricane warnings are in place for nearly a dozen of the Caribbean islands, bringing torrential rain and potentially dangerous winds.

The first of the hurricane’s weather is expected to arrive by late Tuesday, whilst the British and US Virgin Islands will be hit by early Wednesday.

Royal Caribbean issued a statement on the problem: "Given the storm's location and for the comfort and safety of our guests and crew, Royal Caribbean felt it necessary to alter the currently scheduled Eastern Caribbean itinerary for Allure of the Seas September 3 to a Western Caribbean itinerary.

"Pre-booked shore excursions for our previous ports of call will be cancelled and refunded to the guest’s original form of payment while onboard. Guests will also have the ability to book shore excursions for our new ports of call at the Shore Excursions desk onboard Allure of the Seas.

"Royal Caribbean noted they do not expect to make any further itinerary changes, but it may happen depending on the path of the storm."

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