Cruise itinerary changes prompted by tropical storm Matthew

Published on : Thursday, September 29, 2016

Royal-Caribbean-cruise-e1471347716377Tropical storm Matthew has forced at least one cruise liner to alter its route in the Caribbean Sea. This tropical storm is likely to turn into a hurricane by Friday.

The routes of the cruise ships of the Royal Caribbean named Adventure of the Seas and Allure of the Seas were adjusted before the storm had hit late on Wednesday morning. Both these cruise ships departed from Fort Lauderdale on 25th September.

Allure of the Seas has replaced its call on 28th September at St. Thomas with Ladabee, the private island of the cruise liner.

On 29th September, it will also skip St. Maarten and visit Falmouth instead. And, the Adventure of the Seas had planned to call at St. Maarten on 28th September, St. Croix on 29th September and St. Thomas on 30th September. Originally, it was decided that that this cruise ship would visit Barbados and St. Lucia and also spend a day at the sea.

The storm is quite strong and is travelling nearly 35 miles from the south-eastern part of St. Lucia.

The wind speeds was about 60 mph yesterday morning and it was up from 40 to 45 mph. It is expected that the storm would traverse through the Windward Islands yesterday and move through the eastern Caribbean Sea through Friday. The warnings of tropical storms have been issued for Barbados, Grenadine Islands, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Dominica, Guadelpupe and Martinique.


The National Hurricane Center said that the wind speeds of the tropical storm Matthew is likely to strengthen.

Moreover, it would give rise to rainfall that would be of 4 to 8 inches. But then, this might lead to mud slides and flash floods across the southern parts of Leeward Islands and Windward Islands throughout Thursday.


About one to two inches of rainfall are expected in the north, especially in Puerto Rico, British Virgin Islands, and certain parts of US as well as Leeward Islands.

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