Princess Cruises said it is continuing to track and monitor Hurricane Irene. Current passengers onboard Caribbean Princess are scheduled to disembark Saturday in New York at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. These passengers have been advised that the ship will arrive in New York one hour early to allow them to disembark and continue their onward travel as soon as possible.

Princess also stated that it is encouraging passengers embarking Caribbean Princess to arrive early, as check-in will now begin at 10:00 am. Caribbean Princess will sail as soon as possible and once passengers are onboard. The ship will sail away east of the storm to avoid the worst of the weather.

Based on the current predicted path of the hurricane, the itinerary has been changed. The originally scheduled call to Halifax will be moved from Monday, Aug. 29 to Tuesday, Aug. 30. The ship will arrive at 7:00 am and depart at 4:00 pm. This change requires the originally scheduled call to St. John for Tuesday, Aug. 30 to be cancelled.

For passengers planning to drive to the port and park at the pier, Princess said it has been advised that the parking area at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal will most likely be closed due to anticipated flooding. It is recommended that passengers instead make arrangements to be dropped off at the cruise terminal.

Passengers scheduled on the cruise who are unable or unwilling to meet the ship in New York should contact their travel care providers, as cancellation policies will apply. For those passengers with Princess ezAir, the air department will be monitoring flights and assisting with rebooking flights, if needed, to embark the ship in Halifax on Tuesday. Passengers needing to fly to Halifax must have a valid passport.

At this time, Princess stated,  it is uncertain if any additional changes to the itinerary will be needed. In the coming days more information will be known and any additional itinerary changes as a result of the storm will be communicated to passengers onboard.