Grand Celebration Set Out on 2-Day Itinerary but Returns 6 Days Later

After more than a week’s worth of cruise itinerary changes and cancellations due to Hurricane Dorian, the storm continues to make waves in the travel industry. 

WPTV News reports that the Grand Celebration cruise ship has just returned to its South Florida port after being rerouted due to Hurricane Dorian. The Celebration’s most recent voyage has been dubbed the “cruise to nowhere” because the ship originally set sail on Friday, August 30 on a 2-day itinerary, but did not return to port until Thursday, September 5. The ship was forced to stay at sea for several extra days in order to avoid the hurricane, which was churning in the Caribbean at the time.

As we blogged last week, instead of cancelling its departure, officials with the Grand Celebration instead gave travelers a choice: receive a full refund or go ahead with the sailing as planned. Only 288 people decided to go ahead with the cruise, far below the ship’s 1,700 passenger capacity. 

The WPTV report indicates that passengers took the cruise unsure when they would return home.