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Cruise ships diverted due to Hurricane Beryl

Cruise ships diverted due to Hurricane Beryl

A number of cruise ships have been diverted to skip planned stops in the Caribbean due to the threat from Hurricane Beryl.

The storm tore through Grenada on Monday (01.07.24) - demolishing buildings and knocking out power and phone lines - and caused chaos in neighbouring St. Vincent and the Grenadines with storm trackers predicting it would go on to hit Jamaica on Wednesday (03.07.24) and prompting cruise line bosses to alter their schedules.

The largest cruise ship in the world - Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas - had been due to visit to two islands in the southeastern Caribbean - St. Thomas and St. Maarten - but changed course to take in Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico instead. also reports another of the company's ships the Wonder of the Seas - has also been put on diversion, cancelling planned stops in Roatan and Costa Maya and sailing to Nassau instead.

According to The Independent, a spokesperson for Royal Caribbean said: "The safety of our guests, crew and communities we visit is our top priority.

"Along with our Chief Meteorologist, we are closely monitoring the progression of Hurricane Beryl, and are making adjustments to some of our Caribbean sailings for the comfort and safety of our guests and crew."

Another ship impacted by the weather was Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Breakaway which altered most of its week-long itinerary to avoid the Caribbean.

In a letter sent to passengers - obtained by The Independent - Norwegian Cruise Line explained: "To circumvent the path of hurricane Beryl and forecasted inclement weather, we have made the decision to take a safer, alternative route.

"Despite our best efforts, and with the weather disturbances out of our control, we have canceled our calls to Roatan Bay Islands, Honduras; Harvest Caye, Belize; Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico."

Other ships which have changed their routes including Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas, Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Jade, Celebrity Beyond, Disney Fantasy and two Carnival liners.

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