Cruise ships diverted to avoid tropical storm Emily

Cruise ships sailing in the Caribbean have been forced to alter itineraries in order to miss heavy rains and winds produced by tropical storm Emily.

The US National Hurricane Centre issued tropical storm warnings for the Dominican Republic, Bahamas and Turks and Caicos, although the storm was reported to be breaking up today.

Ships affected this week have included Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas, five Carnival Cruise Lines vessels and a Princess Cruises ship.

Carnival Miracle’s eight-night sailing from New York, Carnival Sensation’s three-day sailing from Port Canaveral and Carnival Fantasy’s five-day sailing from Charleston are among those faced with disruption to their itineraries.

Emily, the fifth tropical storm of this year’s Atlantic season that started in June, weakened into a “tropical wave” late yesterday, with winds of around 35 mph.

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