It appears cruise ships are ready to play a bit of cat and mouse with what’s left of Hurricane Dorian when it arrives in Atlantic Canada.
Hurricane Dorian is on its way up the eastern coast of North America and its remnants are expected to plow through Atlantic Canada this weekend, arriving in Newfoundland and Labrador with heavy rains and high winds Sunday.
The Albatross, a ship owned by the Phoenix Reisen cruise line, had been expected in Corner Brook at 8 a.m. Saturday morning.
According to the Corner Brook Port Corporation, the ship is now going to be sailing into port at 7 a.m. Friday instead.
Jennifer Hartley, the port corporation’s business development manager, could not confirm the weather played a role in the itinerary change. She said cruise lines usually notify the port of changes and not necessarily the reason why.
Hartley did confirm there is another change in this weekend’s cruise ship schedule for Corner Brook, and it is certainly due to the weather.
The P and O Cruises vessel Aurora had been scheduled to be in Corner Brook Sunday, but will now be coming some time Saturday instead.
The port corporation was still waiting on details for the Aurora's arrival time, but Hartley said the ship has confirmed it is going to Corner Brook one day early to be out of harm’s way from the storm.
The visit by the Queen Mary 2 to Corner Brook Thursday marked the start of a busy week for the port, with seven ships between then and next Thursday.