TAMPA, Fla., (October 5, 2016) — Hurricane Matthew has not made landfall in the United States, but is already making a mess of travel plans in the southeast. Ports in Miami, Jacksonville, Fort Lauderdale and Cape Canaveral are closed to cruise ships until further notice. The chart below lists the various ports currently impacted by the storm and what cruise lines currently operate from there.
PORT Port Canaveral PortMiami Port of Jacksonville Port Everglades Port of Charleston
STATUS Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed/Slated to Re-Open Thursday
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines X X X
Carnival Cruise Lines X X X X X
Disney Cruise Lines X
MSC Cruises X
Norwegian Cruise Lines X
Princess Cruise Lines X
“Cruise line officials have already adjusted itineraries to avoid island-destinations impacted by the hurricane, but these port closures makes returning home very tricky,” said Vicky Evans, director, Field Travel Support, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Cruise ships will have to decide whether to stay at sea or head to a different port.”
Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Victory returned to Port Canaveral a day early. The passengers disembarked and the ship sailed back out to sea with only its crew.
Carnival Sensation and Ecstasy will remain at sea until the ports reopen.
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
Majesty of the Seas was scheduled to arrive back to Port Canaveral on Friday
Empress of the Seas was scheduled to arrive back in Miami on Thursday
Both ships are staying at sea for the time being
“It is not yet clear how long the ports will remain closed,” Evans continued. “Once Hurricane Matthew passes these ports will announce when they will re-open. Travelers with an upcoming cruise should contact their cruise line or travel agent to learn whether their vacation will be impacted by the storm.”
About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to over 9 million members across eleven states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 56 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.