Emily causes three ships with nearly 13, 000 passengers to divert

POSTED: 08/3/11 1:14 PM

St. Maarten – The passage of Tropical Storm Emily will potentially keep 12, 646 cruise passengers away from the island over a two day period consisting of Wednesday and Thursday. Just over half of the passengers would have visited Wednesday on two ships.

The two ships scheduled to call today are the Freedom of the Seas and Carnival Dream. They carry 3, 600 and 3, 646 passengers respectively. Though both sailed according to schedule the captain of Freedom of the Seas has diverted to Grand Cayman and the captain of the Carnival Dream has decided to stay at sea.

Oasis of the Seas, the third ship to divert, will also skip its regular scheduled call on Thursday. The captain of the ship, which carries 5, 400 passengers, has decided to head for Cozumel instead.

Emily’s passage also affected regional flights. Liat cancelled all flights to and from the US Virgin Islands, Santo Domingo and Puerto Rico that were scheduled for Tuesday and mounted limited operations to St. Kitts, St. Maarten, Anguilla and Tortola. Flights to the southern islands were most affected.

“While LIAT is making every effort to recover the scheduled flights in the southern network, customers are advised that some services will be delayed due to disruptions caused by Tropical Storm Emily. LIAT will continue to monitor the changing weather conditions and will provide further information as the situation develops. Passengers are advised to monitor the LIAT web site (www.liat.com) and other media for information,” the company’s Corporate Communications Officer stated.

Weather conditions

Emily’s passage brought mostly rainy and breezy conditions to the island on Wednesday, but the tropical storm force winds stayed well away from the island. The Meteorological Department of Curacao expects those rainy and windy conditions to continue today as the storm moves away from the island. They’ve forecast that winds will come from the east to southeast at 15 to 25 miles per hour with gusts up to 35 miles per hour when it rains. Forecasters have also stated that seas will stay rough through Wednesday and that their small craft advisory remains in effect until further notice. The forecasters expect that Emily will produce between two and four inches or rain on the island by the time it has stopped affecting local weather.

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