Tropical Weather Update
August 25, 2005
Royal Caribbean International is closely monitoring the path and progress of Tropical Storm Katrina to ensure our guests enjoy safe and comfortable cruises, as well as to ensure our ships steer clear of the storm.
The safety and comfort of our guests are always the foremost concerns of Royal Caribbean International.
Given Tropical Storm Katrina's current location and projected path, we are providing the following information regarding three Royal Caribbean International ships.
Ships sailing from Port Everglades:
* UPDATE: Port Everglades has been closed by U.S. Coast Guard.
Empress of the Seas, now on a five-night sailing, will therefore not return to Port Everglades on Thursday as originally scheduled. The ship will now conclude its current sailing at the Port of Tampa on Thursday. Guests on this sailing will be transported by bus from Tampa to Port Everglades and the Tampa airport for their return trips home. All guests booked on Thursday's sailing will be transported by bus from Port Everglades to the Port of Tampa. It is critical that guests booked on Thursday's sailing not drive their vehicles to Tampa, since the ship will be returning to Port Everglades on Monday as originally scheduled. Royal Caribbean is pleased that we will be able to offer a full four-night cruise experience, despite adverse weather conditions. However, due to weather conditions and this change in port of departure, Empress of the Seas will not be able to make her originally scheduled port of call at Key West, Florida, on Friday. Instead, she will spend the day at sea on Friday, arrive early into Cozumel, Mexico, at approximately 9 a.m. Saturday, depart Cozumel as scheduled at 10 p.m. Saturday evening, spend the day at sea Sunday and return to Port Everglades Monday morning.
Ships sailing from the Port of Miami:
* UPDATE: Port of Miami has been closed by U.S. Coast Guard.
Majesty of the Seas, now on a four-night sailing originally scheduled to conclude on Friday will delay its return to the Port of Miami by one day. The ship will spend the day at sea on Friday and arrive in Miami on Saturday. Majesty of the Seas' next sailing has been shortened to a two-night sailing that will begin on Saturday and include a port of call in Nassau, Bahamas, on Sunday, before returning to the Port of Miami on Monday.
* UPDATE: Navigator of the Seas, is still expected to arrive at the Port of Miami on Saturday and depart on its next sailing at 5 p.m. that day. However, guests booked on that sailing should continue to monitor this web site for any itinerary changes.
At this time, no other Royal Caribbean International ships are being adversely affected by tropical weather. We will continue to closely monitor weather conditions and update this information accordingly.