Hurricane Rick Forces Cruise Ships to Change Course

20 October 2009 (Last Updated October 20th, 2009 18:30)

Hurricane Rick has forced cruise ships heading to Mexico to change their courses as it moved through the eastern Pacific Ocean toward Mexico on Monday. The 3,006-passenger Carnival Splendor, which departed from Long Beach, California, on Sunday, is expected to make an emergency

Hurricane Rick has forced cruise ships heading to Mexico to change their courses as it moved through the eastern Pacific Ocean toward Mexico on Monday.

The 3,006-passenger Carnival Splendor, which departed from Long Beach, California, on Sunday, is expected to make an emergency call in Ensenada instead of moving southward toward the storm area.

According to itinerary, the ship will visit Puerto Vallarta on Thursday and Cabo San Lucas on Friday.

The Carnival Spirit, which departed San Diego on Sunday, is also delaying a port call in Acapulco scheduled for Wednesday to avoid crossing the storm’s path.

The 2,124-passenger vessel will instead visit Acapulco on Thursday. A call scheduled for Thursday in Zijutanejo/Ixtapa has been cancelled.

Another liner, the Sapphire Princess, which departed Los Angeles on Saturday, is heading north to San Francisco to avoid the storm.

Other ships in the region that could be affected include Holland America’s Veendam and Statendam; Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Star and Norwegian Sun; and Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas.