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Hurricane Gustav forces cruise ships to scramble

Published on August 27, 2008 5:51 AM | Comments

The USA Today Cruise Log has new of several cruise ship diversions due to Gustav:

Royal Caribbean says Hurricane Gustav, a fast-forming storm that only reached hurricane status early this morning, has forced the line to divert the 2,744-passenger Mariner of the Seas from the Western Caribbean to the Eastern Caribbean. The ship, which departed Port Canaveral on Sunday, will spend today at sea before heading to the islands of St. Thomas and St. Maarten (instead of stopping in Haiti, Jamaica, the Caymans and Mexico).

Carnival, meanwhile, says it has tinkered with this week's itinerary of the 2,974-passenger Carnival Conquest to avoid the hurricane's path. Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen tells USA TODAY the ship will call in Progreso, Mexico instead of Montego Bay, Jamaica, and the line also is switching the order of the ship's port calls in Grand Cayman and Cozumel.

Carnival is changing the itinerary of another ship in the Western Caribbean today as Hurricane Gustav bears down on the region. Instead of heading west to the Cayman Islands and Jamaica as scheduled, the Miami-based, 2,758-passenger Carnival Triumph has turned eastward and will instead call later this week at Half Moon Cay and Nassau in the Bahamas.

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