Published On: Thu, Aug 23rd, 2012

Tropical Storm Isaac impacting cruise ships in Caribbean

CARIBBEAN - Tropical Storm Isaac is beginning to impact cruise ships sailing in the Caribbean.

Industry giant Carnival says the 2.974-passenger Carnival Valor, which set sail out of Miami on Saturday, will skip a call in Curacao today to stay ahead of the storm. The ship instead will visit Nassau in the Bahamas on Friday.

Also on an altered course is Royal Caribbean's 5,400-passenger Allure of the Seas, which departed from Fort Lauderdale on Sunday. The world's largest cruise ship has sailed for the Western Caribbean instead of heading to the Eastern Caribbean as planned. It's visiting Falmouth, Jamaica and Cozumel, Mexico instead of St. Thomas and St. Maarten.

As of 5 am ET, Isaac was 255 miles south-southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico and moving to the west at 12 miles per hour. The storm has maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour.

A hurricane warning has been issued for the south coast of the Dominican Republic from Isla Saona to Haiti, and Tropical Storm warnings are in effect for more than a dozen islands including St. Maarten, Puerto Rico and St. Thomas.

The National Hurricane Center says Isaac is likely to strengthen over the next 36 hours, possibly becoming a hurricane.

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