It’s now been four days since Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu and has not only caused a huge disaster around the area, but has also triggered several cruise ship itinerary changes for March. Some have already had to be diverted, with future cruises set to be affected as well.
Many aid agencies are already in the surrounding areas of Vanuatu, and it looks set to take a long time before the region is ready to go back to normal – if it ever will.
Both Princess Cruises and Cunard have already had to make a change to its itineraries, the former had to skip the Bay of Islands a couple of days ago, and both Queen Victoria and Queen Mary will have to miss stops at Akaroa and will call at Picton instead.
That’s not all, as Royal Caribbean and Holland America Line had to skip its stop at Port Vila. As for upcoming cruises, Carnival Legend is to give Vila and Mystery Island a miss and will stop at Santo, Lifou, Noumea and Isle of Pines.
Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody and Voyager of the Seas have also been diverted, as has P&O’s Pacific Dawn and Aurora, more details of which can be found over on Cruise Critic.