Hurricane Sandy has charged steadily through the Caribbean and the Atlantic Ocean since Wednesday. Forecasts predict the late-season storm will potentially cause catastrophic damage in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States even before it makes landfall on Monday. As millions of residents and visitors from North Carolina to Maine prepare for Sandy, thousands of travelers are met with last-minute delays and cancellations of flights and cruises in and out of the Northeast.
Dangerously rough waters and high winds from Hurricane Sandy have caused three Miami-based cruise lines to delay, alter or cancel cruises. Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Gem has been delayed from returning to the Port of New York due to the closing of the port by the U.S. Coast Guard. Norwegian Dawn’s current itinerary has cancelled its call to Portland, Maine; it will visit Halifax, Nova Scotia instead. Royal Caribbean International’s Jewel of the Seas will embark on its sailing two days later than scheduled from Boston, Massachusetts.
Operations at Carnival Cruise Lines have been the hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy. Because the Port of New York will close as of 6 p.m. Sunday evening until further notice, Carnival Miracle departed today at 5 p.m., one day earlier than previously scheduled. The sailing will also include a modified itinerary. Two cruises set to leave from the region this weekend have been canceled: Carnival Glory leaving from Norfolk, Virginia and Carnival Pride from Chesapeake Bay. Additional information regarding rescheduling and compensation are available on the cruise line’s website.
Major airports in the Northeast remain open, including Newark, Newark Liberty International Airport, John F. Kennedy International, and Baltimore Washington International Airport. However, several major airlines (including American, United, and Delta) cancelled a slew of flights beginning this evening.
South Florida air travel is also still seeing direct impact from Hurricane Sandy’s affects. Flights from Jamaica and most of The Bahamas have resumed. Grand Bahama Airport in Freeport remains closed; however, reopening is scheduled for Monday morning. Flights schedules today at Miami International Airport include various cancellations from Boston, Bermuda, Washington, D.C., New York, and Norfolk, Virginia. The situation is similar at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, where a number of flights to and from New York, Newark, and even Atlantic City, New Jersey have been cancelled in response to the impending storm.
Travelers are strongly encouraged to contact their travel carriers online or by phone for updates on schedules, modifications and cancellations.
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