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September 12, 2004

Royal Caribbean International Tropical Storm Update

Tropical Weather Update September 12, 2004 10 a.m.

Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises are closely monitoring the path and progress of Hurricane Ivan to ensure our guests enjoy safe and comfortable cruises and to make certain our ships steer clear of the storm.
The company also continues to monitor its operations resulting from Hurricane Frances.

The safety and comfort of our guests are always the foremost concern of Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises.

Due to damage caused by Hurricane Frances, Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises are currently unable to bring its ships to Freeport, Bahamas; and Coco Cay, Bahamas, Royal Caribbean's private island. Also, Royal Caribbean International's Mariner of the Seas is currently unable to sail into Port Canaveral, Florida.

In the case of Port Canaveral, a sand bar, 50 feet wide, was created by Hurricane Frances in the channel leading to the port. This has reduced the depth of the water in that area to approximately 30 feet. Mariner of the Seas, which normally sails from Port Canaveral, is one of the largest cruise ships in the world and requires a minimum water depth of 35 feet to safely sail. As a result, Mariner of the Seas is not currently able to sail from Port Canaveral.

Given Hurricane Ivan's location and projected path, we are currently altering the itineraries of several Royal Caribbean International ships and one Celebrity Cruises ship.

We will update this information three times daily - at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and
7 p.m.

Ships sailing from Port Canaveral

Sovereign of the Seas, departed Port Everglades Friday, September 10. The ship is sailing a modified three-night itinerary, visiting Nassau, Bahamas, from 8 a.m. to midnight on Saturday; and spending the day at sea on Sunday.
The ship will now return to Port Everglades on Monday morning, September 13. Royal Caribbean will transport guests from Port Everglades to Port Canaveral and the Orlando airport at the conclusion of this sailing.

REVISED: Sovereign of the Seas normally scheduled to depart Port Canaveral Monday on a four-night sailing, will now make that sailing from Port Everglades. The ship will delay its departure from Port Everglades until 8 p.m. local time, Monday. The ship will sail a modified itinerary spending the day at sea on Tuesday; make a port call at Nassau, Bahamas, on Wednesday and Thursday; and return to Port Canaveral on Friday morning, September 17. Royal Caribbean will transport guests from Port Canaveral and the Orlando airport to Port Everglades. At the conclusion of this sailing, the company also will transport guests from Port Canaveral to Port Everglades and the Orlando airport.

Sovereign of the Seas will resume its normal Friday and Monday departures from Port Canaveral starting on Friday, September 17.
Mariner of the Seas, normally scheduled to depart Port Canaveral today on a seven-night sailing, will now make that sailing from the Port of Miami. The ship will depart from the Port of Miami at 5 p.m., local time, today. The ship will sail its normal itinerary and return to the Port of Miami on Sunday morning, September 19. Royal Caribbean will transport guests from Port Canaveral and the Orlando airport to the Port of Miami for this sailing. Guests are requested to arrive at Port Canaveral or the Orlando airport no later than 12:30 p.m. today. At the conclusion of this sailing, the company also will return guests to those locations. Due to Hurricane Ivan, port calls are subject to change.

Ships sailing from the Port of Miami

Majesty of the Seas will spend the day at sea on Sunday.
Majesty of the Seas will modify its September 13 sailing. The ship will depart Miami as scheduled on Monday; make a port call in Nassau, Bahamas, on Tuesday; spend the day at sea on Wednesday; make a port call in Key West, Florida, on Thursday; and return to the Port of Miami on Friday, September 17.
Ships sailing from Cape Liberty Cruise Port Voyager of the Seas currently on its September 10 sailing, will modify its itinerary due to Hurricane Ivan. The ship will spend the day at sea on Sunday; make a port call in Labadee, Hispaniola, on Monday; make a port call in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Tuesday; make a port call in Philipsburg, St. Maarten, on Wednesday; make a port call in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, on Thursday; spend the day at sea on Friday and Saturday; and return to Cape Liberty on Sunday, September 19.

Celebrity Cruises

Ships sailing from Port Everglades

Century is sailing a modified itinerary due to Hurricane Ivan. The ship departed Port Everglades Saturday, September 11. It will spend the day at sea on Sunday; make a port call in Belize City, Belize on Monday; make a port call in Costa May, Mexico on Tuesday; make a port call in Cozumel Mexico, on Wednesday; make a port call in Georgetown, Cayman Islands, on Thursday; spend the day at sea on Friday; and return to Port Everglades on Saturday, September 18.

At this time, no other Royal Caribbean International or Celebrity Cruises ships are being impacted by tropical weather. We will continue to closely monitor weather conditions and update this information at 3 p.m. today.

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Posted by Denise at September 12, 2004 05:12 PM
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