Cruise Industry Braces for Tropical Storm Erika


The cruise industry is waiting with baited breath as Tropical Storm Erika progresses through the Caribbean and toward southeast U.S.A.

The storm, which is expected to reach Florida by Saturday, has impacted the next few days’ itineraries for both Carnival and Royal Caribbean International cruise lines.

In a report from Gina Kramer of, Carnival Cruise Lines was forced to adjust its itinerary for the Carnival Conquest cruise ship due to the approaching storm. The Conquest left Fort Lauderdale on 23 August and was scheduled to visit St. Maarten, St. Kitts, San Juan and Grand Turk during the eight-night cruise.

Carnival made the decision to cancel the ship’s calls in both St. Maarten and St. Kitts to avoid crossing the projected route of the storm. Instead, the Conquest will now visit San Juan for two days and add a stop in Nassau as well.

Tropical Storm Erika has already caused officials to announce formal storm watches in Anguilla, Antigua, Guadeloupe, St. Barts, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, St. Martin and several other islands.

Kristina Pydynowski of has reported that the storm will bring rain, wind and rough surf to the region, but it hasn’t been strong enough to cause any major damage and is not expected to strengthen rapidly.

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