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Minor cruise changes as Joaquin becomes a Bahamas-bound hurricane

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Hurricane conditions are expected to reach portions of the central Bahamas by Thursday morning
On Thursday Carnival Pride will miss Half Moon Cay and Carnival Valor will skip Grand Turk with Joaquin strengthening into a major hurricane as it moves toward the central Bahamas. In another change, Norwegian Getaway will skip Nassau on Friday.

Carnival Pride is on a week-long cruise from Baltimore that sailed Sunday, while Carnival Valor is on a seven-day cruise that departed Port Canaveral on Saturday. Norwegian Getaway sailed Saturday from Miami.

Joaquin's maximum sustained winds are 80 mph (130 km/h), with higher gusts, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Hurricane conditions are expected to reach portions of the central Bahamas by Thursday morning.

A hurricane warning is in effect for the central Bahamas, while a hurricane watch is in effect for the northwestern Bahamas including Grand Bahama Island.

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