Resulting from flooding that has continued to create hazardous situations at Port Tampa Bay so the port stays closed after Hurricane Idalia, Royal Caribbean Worldwide has delayed Serenade of the Seas for a day, which shortens the following cruise.
Moreover, two different ships at two different homeports are additionally experiencing modifications from this storm, together with delayed embarkation and an itinerary change.
Serenade of the Seas Delayed
As of Thursday morning, August 31, 2023, Port Tampa Bay stays closed at Port Situation Zulu as a result of influence of then-Hurricane Idalia and native flooding from the storm.
Due to this, Royal Caribbean Worldwide’s Serenade of the Seas is unable to return to her homeport as scheduled on August 31, and as a substitute, the ship is having fun with an surprising day at sea as an extension of the present crusing, a 5-night crusing to Key West and CocoCay.
Onboard, friends may have the identical experiences as could be anticipated for any day at sea, with actions, leisure, spa remedies, eating choices, and extra.
Visitors ready to board the ship, nonetheless, have totally different choices now that their cruise shall be shortened by a day. Royal Caribbean Worldwide has notified friends concerning the state of affairs.
“Together with our Chief Meteorologist, Marine Operations, and authorities officers we’re working in the direction of offering you with the very best cruise doable. What we do know is we intend to sail on Friday,” the e-mail said. “This case stays fluid and past our management. We’re dedicated to retaining you knowledgeable each step of the way in which.”
A further replace shall be forthcoming Thursday afternoon. The August 31 departure was to have been a 4-night Western Caribbean crusing to go to Cozumel, Mexico, with two days at sea. There isn’t a data but about whether or not or not the ship will nonetheless be visiting Cozumel or if the port of name will change due to the shorter time.
If friends choose to cancel, they’ll obtain a 100% refund of their cruise fare, together with any non-refundable deposit. Refunds might take 14 enterprise days to course of, however some monetary establishments might take longer to course of refunds.
Visitors who do want to set sail on the shortened cruise will obtain “1-day’s value of onboard credit score” to their ship account, however the cruise line doesn’t specify the quantity of that credit score.
Most probably, the quantity will range for various passengers relying on their cruise fare and any add-on packages that they had bought, resembling drink packages, Wi-Fi, or pre-paid gratuities.
Imaginative and prescient of the Seas Delayed
Imaginative and prescient of the Seas, homeported from Baltimore, has additionally been briefly delayed by Hurricane Idalia whereas coming back from a 5-night Bermuda crusing.
Which means friends embarking the ship for the following crusing are requested to delay their arrival to the cruise terminal by one hour later than their initially chosen arrival time.
Arriving friends ought to notice that “all friends ought to arrive no later than 2:30 p.m., to make sure everyone seems to be checked-in and onboard by 3:00 p.m.” with the intention to set sail for the 9-night Canada New England cruise. Right now, there aren’t any modifications to Imaginative and prescient of the Seas‘ itinerary aside from the minimal embarkation delay.
Mariner of the Seas Itinerary Change
Crusing from Port Canaveral, Mariner of the Seas can also be having influence from what’s now Tropical Storm Idalia. Whereas Port Canaveral has reopened following the storm, Idalia’s observe is continuous towards Bermuda.
Mariner of the Seas is departing on Friday, September 1 for an 8-night Bermuda & Excellent Day cruise, which was to have visited Bermuda for an prolonged keep in a single day from Monday, September 4 till Tuesday, September 5.
Tropical Storm Idalia is forecast to go very near, if circuitously over, Bermuda late on Sunday or within the early hours of Monday. To offer the storm additional time to go the island and for port services to be inspected and reopen safely, Mariner of the Seas has rearranged its schedule.
Now, the ship will go to Excellent Day at CocoCay first on the itinerary, and won’t arrive in Bermuda till 4:50 p.m. on Tuesday. The ship will stay docked in a single day till 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, earlier than having fun with two days at sea en route again to Port Canaveral.
Pre-booked shore excursions booked for both CocoCay or Bermuda are being rebooked for the suitable occasions and days.
“We’re sorry for the last-minute change attributable to the climate – your security is our high precedence,” the e-mail notification to friends explains. “At present, the state of affairs stays fluid and we’re nonetheless monitoring the storm’s path. We’ll make sure to preserve you knowledgeable each step of the way in which.”
Visitors booked on any of those impacted sailings will need to preserve in shut contact with Royal Caribbean Worldwide to remain knowledgeable about any additional modifications.