This weekend, bad weather is expected from the Bahamas to South Florida, which means that Carnival Cruise cancels all ports. The schedule has been changed from Wednesday, December 13, 2023, to Sunday, December 17, 2023, as the weather has changed.
For the safety and pleasure of their guests, cruise lines are canceling stops at ports and changing their routes to find the smoothest sailing.
Guests on Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Freedom did not get to go on the 4-night Bahamas weekend trip they had originally planned. This is because bad weather has canceled both of the ship's planned ports of call as well as an alternative port that was supposed to be an alternative.
The Carnival Freedom left Port Canaveral, Florida, on Thursday, December 14, 2023, for a 4-night trip to the Bahamas. Because of the strong winds and rough waves in the Bahamas, the ship is now on a cruise that will never end.
The ship was supposed to go to Nassau on Friday, December 15, and then Princess Cays on Saturday, December 16. The ship will go to sea for one day and then come back to Port Canaveral on Monday, December 18. The ship's captain has kept the guests up to date on changes to the schedule as the weather has been constantly checked.
Unfortunately, by Saturday, bad weather had also reached Freeport, and tracking data from satellites showed that Carnival Freedom would not be able to make that stop either. According to GPS markers, the ship's next stop is Port Canaveral, where it is due to arrive Monday morning, as planned.
That means the ship is now on a cruise that won't stop at any place. It's not often that this happens because cruise lines try to stick to their original schedules as closely as possible, or they find other places when they have to.
All port fees and taxes have been returned to guests, and Carnival Cruise Line has also given each stateroom a $200 onboard credit to make up for the trouble. You can use the credit to buy drinks, clothes, spa packages, pictures, and other things on board.
In addition, each guest will receive a 50% future cruise credit based on the cruise fare, which they can use on another Carnival cruise trip. You have until December 31, 2024, to use the credit.
The Carnival Freedom is a Conquest-class ship that weighs 110,000 gross tons and can hold up to 4,075 people when it's fully booked. It can accommodate 2,980 people when hired at double occupancy.
There are also 1,150 officers and crew members from around the world on board who want to make sure everyone stays safe, is comfortable, and has a great cruise holiday, even if the weather is bad.
After breaking records for flooding and heavy rain in Florida, a strong storm system is now moving northeast and will bring heavy rain and thunderstorms to the Mid-Atlantic and New England. Brendan Schaper, a meteorologist, said that it rained every day in central Florida, setting new records. At Orlando International Airport, the amount of rain was over twice as much as the previous record set in 1912.
The storm will move north to eastern Canada by Monday night. It is expected to bring severe weather, including tornadoes, to North Carolina and eastern South Carolina. The last time PortMiami was closed for a long time was when a pleasure boat hit a ferry boat in the channel in late June.
The crew will work hard to make sure that there are extra activities, live music, and other forms of entertainment on board so that everyone can still have a great time, even if the ship doesn't stop at a port. This storm system is affecting a lot of ships from different cruise lines. Cruise Hive hopes that everyone has a safe and stress-free weekend as possible!
There were big changes to the schedules of several cruise ships from different lines because of bad weather that affected places from the Bahamas to South Florida. From South Florida to New York City, ships were hit.
A 4-night trip on Carnival trip Line's Carnival Freedom had to cancel all of its stops because of bad weather. The ship was supposed to go to Nassau and Princess Cays at first, with Freeport as a backup stop.
Unfortunately, the ship couldn't make it to its planned stop in Freeport because of bad weather. The ship had to go on an unplanned cruise with no set location because of this. Because the passengers had to go through this trouble, each stateroom was given a $200 onboard credit and a 50% future trip credit as well.