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Everglades, Canaveral are taking cruise ships

Harmony of the Seas returned to Port Everglades Tuesday when the facility was cleared to open. Carnival Conquest and Carnival Splendor also arrived to the port Harmony of the Seas returned to Port Everglades Tuesday when the facility was cleared to open. Carnival Conquest and Carnival Splendor also arrived to the port

The Coast Guard cleared Port Everglades and Port Canaveral to open at noon Tuesday for restricted operations including cruise ships, while PortMiami and the Port of Palm Beach were still pending.

Both Miami and Palm Beach are expected to open Wednesday, pending Coast Guard approval, with Palm Beach anticipating the resumption of vessel traffic in the afternoon.

Three cruise ships had been standing by for Port Everglades, and all docked early Tuesday afternoon. Carnival Conquest and Harmony of the Seas later began embarking new passengers to sail Tuesday night, while Carnival Splendor is remaining in port and letting passengers stay on board if they wish until Thursday.

Allure of the Seas is due back to Port Everglades Wednesday to sail an abbreviated four-night cruise that overnights at Nassau, while Holland America Line's Maasdam is also scheduled for its regular itinerary.

Port Everglades, Port Canaveral and another cruise port, Tampa, are all vital to Hurricane Irma recovery and are receiving critical fuel supplies destined for Floridians.

At Canaveral, Oasis of the Seas is to sail Wednesday on an abbreviated four-night cruise to Cozumel, and Carnival Magic on a three-day cruise to Freeport and Nassau.

Port Canaveral-based Disney Dream is expected to depart Friday as scheduled, while Disney Fantasy's western Caribbean cruise on Saturday is a go. Regarding Disney Fantasy's eastern Caribbean sailings, Disney Cruise Line said it's still assessing Irma's impact on ports in the Caribbean and Bahamas.

Carnival ships due back in Miami on Wednesday are Carnival Glory, Carnival Vista, Carnival Victory and Carnival Sensation, all for revised itineraries.

Norwegian Cruise Line expects to have Norwegian Escape back at Miami on Wednesday. The ship is sailing at close to full capacity with displaced passengers from both Norwegian Sky and Norwegian Escape who were unable to secure flights home when the vessels returned early to Miami on Sept. 7 before the storm.

Norwegian Escape spent three days alongside in Cozumel and left there at 5 p.m. Monday, bound for Miami. The ship's Sept. 16 western Caribbean cruise from Miami is confirmed.

Norwegian Sky, meanwhile, is on a humanitarian mission to St. Thomas. The ship delivered critical supplies and is going to bring back people stranded by Irma. A Norwegian spokeswoman told Seatrade Cruise News the ship likely will arrive back in Miami very late Thursday and the people picked up in the US Virgin Islands will be able to disembark early Friday. Norwegian Sky is then scheduled to resume revenue service on Friday.

MSC Divina's return to Miami is also awaited. Due to Hurricane Irma damage in Philipsburg, St. Maarten, and San Juan, Puerto Rico, specifically, the ship's Sept. 16 itinerary was revised to visit Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Costa Maya and Nassau.

Tampa-based Empress of the Seas' Sept. 13 Cuba cruise and Canaveral-based Majesty of the Seas' Sept. 15 Bahamas cruise were canceled earlier because the Royal Caribbean ships are on humanitarian missions in the Caribbbean.

Posted 12 September 2017

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Anne Kalosh

US editor of Seatrade Cruise Review and Seatrade Cruise News

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