Princess Cruises changes itineraries due to Hurricane Orlene

It’s not just cruise ships based on the US East Coast that deal with mother nature. Tropical Storm Orlene has formed off the west coast of Mexico and is now forcing itinerary changes for two Princess cruise ships on the Mexican Riviera departing from the west coast of the United States.

Orlene Impacts Princess Itineraries

Cruises departing from the West Coast of the United States are now affected by the the recently formed tropical storm Orlene in the Pacific, which is expected to become a Category 1 hurricane in the next few hours.

Princess Cruises has confirmed to Cruise Hive that there are itinerary changes for the Sapphire Princess and the Royal Princess.

Princess Cruises told Cruise Hive: “As the safety of Princess’s guests and crew remains our top priority, we have made the necessary decision to alter the routes of Sapphire Princess and Royal Princess to avoid Tropical Storm Orlene.”

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There is an itinerary change for the 10-night Sapphire Princess cruise, which departed Los Angeles on September 24. The ship will no longer make its scheduled stopover in Purto Vallarta on October 1. Instead, the Princess cruise ship will remain at sea and stop in San Diego on October 3. The ship is still to return to Los Angeles as usual.

The royal princess also has a route change due to Orlene on the Mexican Riviera. The ship’s 12-night cruise, which departed San Francisco on September 27, has now scrapped a planned stopover in Puerto Vallarta in October and Manzanillo on October 2.

Royal Princess will call instead Mazatlan October 1 and will stay in port overnight. The ship will then visit Loreto on October 3. The ship is still scheduled to return to California as usual, and there are no other changes to the itinerary.

Orlene on the Mexican Riviera

Orlene will become a Category 1 hurricane in the coming hours, and according to the Sept. 30, 3:00 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center (NOAA), the storm has maximum sustained winds of 65 MPH. It is moving northwest at a slow speed of 5 MPH.

Tropical Storm Orlene
Tropical Storm Orlene (Courtesy of NOAA)

Orlene is about 425 km southwest of Cabo Corrientes, but should also impact Puerto Vallarta and, more directly, Mazatlan, two extremely popular cruise ports on the Mexican Riviera.

Read: Further Carnival Cruise Line itinerary delays expected due to Ian

Other impacts from cruise ships can be minimal, with Carnival Panorama October 1 sailing from Long Beach, Calif., will travel to Puerta Vallarta on October 4, just days after the storm hit. millennial celebrity is due to stop in Puerto Vallarta on October 3, which could be another itinerary change in the next few hours.

Royal Princess cruise ship

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