Cruise diversions: Cyclone Evan update


Fiji recovers from a Cyclone Evan battering.
Image: The Australian

Cyclone Evan has wreaked havoc through Fiji and is currently en route to the Northern Island of New Zealand where it is expected to hit this weekend.

MetService expects that the cyclone will head near Northland or East Cape but forecaster Allister Gorman told the Taranaki Daily News that no-one should cancel their holiday plans just yet.

"We don’t want to frighten people away," Mr Gorman said.

"Gisborne and Northland are big holiday spots, and while we are uncertain we don’t want to put a kibosh on one.

“People need to check the forecast closer to the weekend."

Cruise ship diversions as a result of Cyclone Evan have included Crystal Symphonythat headed to the Bay of Islands, New Zealand instead of calling into Lautoka, Fiji this week.

Carnival Spirit followed suit and amended her maiden Christmas voyage to Fiji to incorporate more of the Vanuatu archipelago instead.

“The number one priority for Carnival Cruise Lines is the safety and well-being of their guests,” a Carnival Cruise Lines spokesperson said in a statement to e-Travel Blackboard.

“It was decided to omit the ports of Suva, Port Denarau and Isle of Pines from this sailing, and instead visit the beautiful ports of Port Vila, Luganville and Wala, Vanuatu.”

Passengers were notified of the change via email prior to embarkation, with the revised itinerary seeing the ship call into Port Vila on 21 December, Luganville on 22 December and Wala on 23 December followed by three days at sea before returning to Sydney on 27 December.

Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.A
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