Carnival Cuts a Cruise Short and Lengthens Another as Hurricane Dorian Looms

As Hurricane Dorian strengthens and seems to take aim at Florida, cruise line officials are scrambling to adjust to the rapidly changing weather conditions. This has caused in disruptions of over half a dozen cruises, and has even resulted in one cruise line offering passengers the choice of cruising in the midst of the hurricane and receiving a full refund. The latest announced change involves the Carnival Miracle, which will now return to port in Tampa a day earlier than planned. reports that the Miracle will arrive in Tampa on Saturday instead of Sunday as originally planned. This early arrival will mean that thousands of passengers will need to find accommodations for the night as they had originally planned to spend the night on the ship.

The change will also see the Miracle depart a day early; it will now set sail on Saturday instead of Sunday. As the date of return for the Miracle’s next sailing will not change, Saturday’s sailing will now be an 8-day itinerary instead of a 7-day itinerary. reports that those who cannot make the Saturday sailing can opt to receive a credit for a future cruise.

The report says that Carnival has not announced if passengers of the shortened cruise will receive any compensation.

According to the cruise contracts of most (if not all) major cruise lines, cruise captains have wide latitude to alter itineraries in order to protect passenger safety.