Carnival Cruise Makes Last Minute Detour Away From Islands

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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — Turns out it wasn’t the best week to plan a cruise — at least for those who signed up to float from Baltimore to the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos on the Carnival Cruise line’s Carnival Pride.

A total of 1,600 passengers bought tickets for a seven-day trip to Freeport and Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas, and the island of Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos. The ship was rerouted at the last minute before it set sail Sunday, and instead of going to the Caribbean, headed north to New York.

After it left the Big Apple, the ship was supposed to make a stop in Saint John, New Brunswick, before heading south back to Baltimore. But because of heavy weather conditions, it was forced to enter the Chesapeake Bay. It is now scheduled to arrive back in Baltimore next Sunday.

Annette McKenny Neufeld of Ontario, Canada, is one of the disappointed passengers.

Neufeld had been dreaming about a tropical beach vacation, but after several days aboard the rerouted ship, she says the only thing she wants “is to get off and head home.”

Neufeld shared her thoughts with The Associated Press through Facebook Messenger on Thursday, while still 478 nautical miles from Baltimore’s harbor.

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One Comment

  1. Tanya Lupson says:

    This is the risk us as travellers take during this time of year. Carnival, along with other liners had to make changes to many of our itineraries. For the safety of the crew and passengers, this was an obvious choice to make. Carnival was great to inform us of our changes. Our ship had to change ports of call, and got cut short to a 3 day cruise. It is heartbreaking to cut any cruise short, especially when you book them 274 days ahead…lol. Carnival opened up all lines of communication on the ship, to allow us to make arrangements to stay and wait out the hurricane, and to call and contact our families to let them know we are all okay and safe. We have cruised with Carnival many times, and will be glad to do so again.

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