(11:47 a.m. EDT) — The strongest hurricane ever recorded by the U.S. National Hurricane Center has affected at lease one cruise line in the Pacific.
Hurricane Patricia — which has maximum sustained wind speeds of 200 miles per hour — has forced Princess Cruises to cancel Ruby Princess’ scheduled call at Cabo San Lucas Friday, October 23, due to swells. The ship will return to Los Angeles for disembarkation as scheduled.
According to the NHC, the «potentially catastrophic Hurricane Patricia [is] moving northward toward landfall in Southwestern Mexico.» It is currently 125 miles southwest of Manzanillo, one of three popular cruise ports in the area — along with Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco — in that part of Mexico.
Swells are expected to progress along the southern coast of Mexico and spread northwestward within the next day or so. Land hazards include life-threatening flashfloods, mudslides and surf conditions. The Government of Mexico has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the coast of Mexico north of San Blas to El Roblito.
Other cruise lines — such as Disney and Norwegian — also have ships scheduled to call at Mexican Riviera ports within the next few days but have not yet made any changes. We will continue to keep you updated if more cruises are affected.
Learn more about cruising during hurricane season, here.