Disney Cruise Line and Carnival Cruise Line have modified their itineraries to avoid Tropical Storm Dorian near St. Maarten. The storm has since been reduced to a tropical wave.
Dorian is the fourth named storm for Hurricane Season 2013, and the Atlantic has been busy but so far interrupting only a few cruise destinations.
Cruise ships sailing to Eastern Caribbean and the Western Caribbean have done a great job avoiding storms, which can be dangerous for passengers.
Typically, cruise lines like to stay about 600 feet away to keep to avoid putting a cruise ship in a storm.
The Disney Fantasy avoided St. Maarten altogether and continued the rest of their itinerary which sailed on to Castaway Cay, Puerto Rico, and St. Thomas.
The Carnival Freedom changed course to sail directly to Aruba, where it stayed overnight in port before it sails to the Dominican Republic and Grand Turk.
The latest advisory from NOAA shows no further storm watches or warnings in effect as the storm continues to move westward.
Royal Caribbean International wasn’t affected by the storm, and their itinerary has resumed as normal.