Storm Ernesto nears hurricane as cruise ships evade
Published on August 10th, 2012
It has been just over a week since we updated you last on Tropical Storm Ernesto, and since then it became Hurricane Ernesto and then reduced back down to just a storm again, but it now seems that cruise ships are having to evade the projected path of Ernesto in the Caribbean.
Both Carnival Cruise lines and Disney Cruise Line are affected, which has resulted in around six cruise ships having to change itineraries to avoid the path of Tropical Storm Ernesto. These include Disney Fantasy and 5 Carnival ships, which are the Dream, Triumph, Legend, Imagination, and Elation.
Disney Fantasy swapped to an Eastern Caribbean itinerary, which we touched on last week in an earlier article. The Carnival Dream did make a few changes as we discussed earlier, and went to Freeport in the Eastern Caribbean yesterday, and is currently visiting Nassau today.
The Carnival Elation had to spend a day at sea on Wednesday rather than visit Progreso, which is thanks to the storm. Moments ago we checked the NHC and could see Tropical Storm Ernesto is reaching top wind speeds of 50mph, although it is predicted to increase and if these winds reach 74mph it will become a hurricane again.
We have embedded a video below that looks at the hurricane season as a whole, and predicts around 12 to 17 named storms this season, which 5 to 8 could be hurricanes. They also expect some major hurricanes topping more than 111mph, so take a look of the video below and share a comment in regard to these predictions.
Would you take a cruise during hurricane season for a better deal?