A cruise blog by an avid cruiser, follower of tropical weather, and resident of Florida's Space Coast. I write about cruise ships and ports, tropical weather, occasional tidbits of maritime history,and other nautical related topics.
A New Nassau Day
One of my favorite photos of Nassau Harbor - taken 4 or 5 years ago, at sunrise, with a disposable camera, from the top deck of the Sovereign of the Seas.
Some parents find walkie talkies, or two way radios, indispensable when they cruise with their teens or tweens. That way, there're aways able to keep tabs on their offspring on a huge cruise ship with a passenger count equal to the population of a small city.
Well. 2011 Atlantic Basin hurricane activity has started. Tropical Storm Arlene, is on her way to somewhere near Tampico, Mexico. The terrain around there is hilly to mountainous. Copious rainfall in such a region can mean life threatening flash flooding and even mudslides. Arlene is first on the list of 2011 Hurricane Names... let's hope we don't get too far through that list this hear.
Hurricane Hunters have been flying into the storm, and found maximum sustained winds of 50 mph this morning. It's expected to make landfall early tomorrow.
We are keeping the people of the Mexican states of Tamaulipas, Veracruz, San Luis Potosi, and Nuevo Leon, in our thoughts. There are Hurricane Watches and Tropical Storm Warnings posted for these area.
Princess - Not So Much
Meanwhile, in case you haven't heard, Princess Cruises has cancelled previously scheduled stops at Puerto Vallarta for the remainder of the year. This news came out a few days ago. The US State Department has a travel warning posted for the Mexican state of Jalisco, which includes Puerto Vallarto. The warning cites drug-related violence.
Mazatlan has seen its cruise ship port calls curtailed recently, as well.
So, if there is a Mexican Rivera cruise in your future, it would seem itinerary options are narrowing considerably.
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