Hurricane Florence and Tropical Storm Isaac Threaten Cruise Routes

(Bloomberg) -- Hurricane Florence and Tropical Storm Isaac are disrupting the cruise industry as they head straight for key routes in the Atlantic and Caribbean.

Hurricane Florence and Tropical Storm Isaac Threaten Cruise Routes

Isaac is projected by NOAA to be at or near hurricane intensity by the time it reaches the Lesser Antilles in the eastern Caribbean on Thursday. Swells up to 18 feet are expected Wednesday night in the seas west of Antigua and Barbuda, while the Bahamas are projected to be unscathed. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are expected today for cruises re-routing to the Yucatan Basin and the western Caribbean.

Hurricane Florence, already listed as a life threatening category 4 hurricane by NOAA, is stirring up swells of 37 feet in the Atlantic, impacting any travel to Bermuda. Cruise routes south from U.S. terminals in Baltimore, Boston, Charleston and New York have been affected and returning cruise liners will likely face delays.

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SOURCES: NOAA, Bloomberg Vessel Tracking, IHS, Genscape

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