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Fort Lauderdale airport shooting delays cruise departures

At Port Everglades Caribbean Princess, pictured in this file photo, and Nieuw Amsterdam sailed late on Friday At Port Everglades Caribbean Princess, pictured in this file photo, and Nieuw Amsterdam sailed late on Friday (Photo: Anne Kalosh)

Update: At least four of those who died were reported to be passengers en route to cruises.

A few cruise ships were delayed departing from Port Everglades and PortMiami on Friday following a shooting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport that left five dead and eight wounded.

The incident occurred at the start of a busy weekend during peak cruise season. The lone gunman opened fire in a crowded baggage claim area at Terminal 2, home to Delta Air Lines.

Port Everglades was briefly closed to all traffic, whlie the Fort Lauderdale airport was indefinitely closed, with flights into and out of the facility canceled on Friday. Some Saturday morning flights were canceled as well, likely impacting cruise passengers. Some aircraft were rerouted to nearby airports.

Both Caribbean Princess and Nieuw Amsterdam left late, according to a Port Everglades spokeswoman. Six cruise ships—Carnival Conquest, Freedom of the Seas, Costa Deliziosa, Harmony of the Seas, Eurodam and Coral Princess—plus the ferry Jaume 1 are due on Saturday.

'I am sure flights will be delayed tomorrow but hopefully guests can get here in time for sailing,' Ellen Kennedy, assistant director of business development/communications for the port, told Seatrade Cruise News.

Security was heightened at Miami International Airport on Friday, and Norwegian Sky's departure from PortMiami was delayed to 7 p.m.

The Miami Herald reported Carnival Victory sailed from Miami as scheduled and said Carnival Cruise Line would provide hotel rooms for a few passengers flying via Fort Lauderdale who were delayed by the airport's closure.


Posted 06 January 2017

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Anne Kalosh

US editor of Seatrade Cruise Review and Seatrade Cruise News

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