Port Canaveral’s CEO John Murray, issued a statement that with forecasts indicating severe weather conditions related to Hurricane Matthew, an evacuation order for landside operations. The order affects Jetty Park campers, marinas, and all Port businesses and tenants. The deadline to evacuate is noon on Wednesday.
In addition to the land-side evacuation, the U.S. Coast Guard has given notice that the Canaveral harbor will close by tomorrow afternoon. Under the Captain of the Port order, no vessel traffic–including cruise and cargo ships, as well as recreational and commercial fishing boats –will be allowed in harbor until after the storm passes and the order is lifted.
“This is a serious storm and the protection of people and property is our primary concern,” said Port Canaveral CEO John Murray. “We expect high winds and storm surge throughout the port and have urged the Port community to prepare their facilities so business can resume as quickly as possible after the storm.”
Port Canaveral has not shut down operations due to severe weather since the 2004 storms when the harbor was closed for 11 days to ship traffic.
As of publication, Disney Cruise Line has not updated their advisories for the fleet.
Disney Cruise Line is closely monitoring tropical weather systems in the Caribbean.
At this time, no itinerary changes have been made to the following sailings:
- October 7 – Disney Dream & Disney Magic
- October 8 – Disney Fantasy
If needed, we can alter the itinerary of our ships to ensure the safety and comfort of our Guests and Crew. We will provide updates as they are available.
–As of 10/4/16 5:45PM
The Disney Dream is scheduled to return to Port Canaveral on Friday followed by the Disney Fantasy on Saturday. As you just read, cruise ships will not be permitted into the Port Canaveral until the storm passes and the US Coast Guard lifts the order. We have learned that the Disney Magic is prepared to sail a alternate itinerary if the system continues on the forecast track. We will update this post accordingly and pass along any itinerary changes as they become available.
For more on Hurricane Matthew click over to our Tropical Weather Center.