Cruises cancelled ports closed Hurricane Sandy

first_imgLa Plaine, Haiti subjected to flooding post Hurricane Sandy. Image: cruises have been cancelled, itineraries diverted and ports closed in one of the worst storms the U.S. has ever seen. Expected to become an ‘extratropical storm’ the 8:00pm EDT advisory from the National Hurricane Centre indicated that life-threatening storm surge flooding will occur across the mid-Atlantic coast including Long Island Sound and New York Harbour with coastal hurricane winds and heavy Appalachian snows. “I have to say I can’t remember a storm that has affected so many ships and forced the cancellation of ports and in the case of Carnival Glory and Carnival Pride the cancellation of two cruises,” Carnival Cruise Lines senior cruise director John Heald wrote on his Facebook page today. New cruises affected include;Carnival DreamThe ship is currently scheduled to call into Port Canaveral on 28 October between 8:00am and 4:00pm before a day at sea on 29 October instead of visiting Cozumel. Carnival Dream will then call into Cozumel on 30 October instead of Belize between 10:00am and 6:00pm before heading to Belize on 31 October between 8:00am and 6:00pm instead of Roatan. Carnival EcstasyA call into Key West has been cancelled on 28 October with Carnival Ecstasy visiting Port Canaveral instead between 8:00am and 4:00pm.She will visit Nassau, The Bahamas on 29 October at 2:00pm.Carnival FascinationFreeport, The Bahamas will replace a previously scheduled call into Half Moon Cay on 29 October between 8:00am and 5:00pm.Carnival GloryThe ship returned to Norfolk, Williamsburg, Virginia to disembark guests due to the storm, high winds and tidal flooding expected in the region. Carnival Glory’s next cruise has been cancelled with all guests offered a refund in the original form of payment within the next two weeks. Carnival ImaginationAn unscheduled call into Nassau, The Bahamas will be made on 28 October between 8:00am and 5:00pm.Carnival LibertyThe ship will call into Nassau, The Bahamas instead of Half Moon Cay on 28 October between 7:00am and 2:00pm.Carnival MiracleDue to the closure of the port in New York, departure will now take place on 28 October. Check-in will take place between 2:00pm and 5:00pm with sailing slated for 6:00pm from Pier 90. “I will be performing in the ‘Welcome Aboard’ show tonight and am glad that we are avoiding the storm,” Carnival comedian Smiley Joe Wiley told e-Travel Blackboard. In order to make arrangements for supplies to be delivered onboard, the ship will now sail on a revised itinerary as follows:28 October – Depart New York29 October – Day-at-sea30 October – Day-at-sea31 October – Port Canaveral – 7:00am to 6:00pm1 November – Nassau, The Bahamas – 11:00am to 8:00pm2 November – Day-at-sea3 November – Grand Turk – 8:00am to 5:00pm4 November – Day-at-sea5 November – Day-at-sea6 November – Arrive New York 8:00amCarnival PrideThe cruise out of Baltimore has been cancelled due to inclement weather and restrictions imposed by the US Coast Guard on traffic in Chesapeake Bay. All passengers will be disembarked and the Carnival Pride will ride out the storm in a sheltered area. Passengers will be provided with a full refund in the original form of payment within the next two weeks and a 25 percent future cruise discount. Parking expenses will be refunded as guests leave the parking facility and the cruise line has called for all guests who require a hotel room for 28 October to contact a guest logistics team member in the terminal.USD$30 will also be offered per person for dinner on 28 October with all receipts submitted to [email protected] SensationThe ship arrived late into Port Canaveral on 28 October and is sailing on a revised three-day itinerary with all guests asked to check in between 1:00pm and 2:00pm before sailaway at 3:00pm.She will call into Nassau, The Bahamas between 10:00am and 7:00pm on 30 October before heading to Freeport, The Bahamas between 8:00am and 7:00pm on 31 October. Carnival Sensation will return to Port Canaveral on 1 November and all guests will be offered a one-day pro-rated cruise fare refund in the original form of payment within two weeks.Gratuities will also be adjusted to reflect the shortened voyage, however, the cruise line will not be reimbursing passengers for expenses related to hotels, meals or incidentals unless they purchased Carnival’s Vacation Protection Plan. “The sea is rough…worst I have ever been on…good news is…most of the guests are having a blast! Carnival Sensation cruise director Jimmy reported to John Heald. “I just walked about and nothing but positive comments, although some look a little green. I have teams of entertainment walking around in all areas talking to guests.”Emerald PrincessA port call to Bar Harbor, Boston on 28 October has been replaced with a visit to Port Saguenay between 7:00am and 4:00pm and a call into Newport on 30 October has been replaced with a visit to Corner Brook between 8:00am and 5:00pm.Enchantment of the SeasThe ship will spend three days-at-sea on 28, 29 and 30 October instead of calling into Kings Wharf, Bermuda. Jewel of the SeasRemaining in dock in Boston, Massachusetts on 29 October, Jewel of the Seas will now depart on 30 October on a revised itinerary which will be provided to passengers upon boarding. Monarch of the SeasThe ship will spend the day-at-sea on 28 October instead of CocoCay.Norwegian GemDue to the closure of the Port of New York at 6:00pm 28 October, Norwegian Gem’s arrival will be delayed on 29 October. The US Coast Guard is unable to announce when the Port will re-open and all guests scheduled to sail on the 29 October sailing have been asked not to go to the terminal until requested. Norwegian’s website will be regularly updated.Norwegian DawnA call into Portland, Maine on 30 October has been cancelled with the ship visiting Halifax, Nova Scotia on 29 October from 10:00am to 8:00pm instead. Ruby PrincessThe ship will spend a day-at-sea instead of calling into Princess Cays as originally scheduled. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Alast_img read more

Top stories hunting for new elements asymmetrical aurorae and the Mars rovers

first_img By Alex FoxFeb. 1, 2019 , 1:45 PM Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) A storied Russian lab is trying to push the periodic table past its limits—and uncover exotic new elementsAre we at the end of the periodic table? Russian physicist Yuri Oganessian, the only living scientist to have an element named in his honor, doesn’t think so. He will soon oversee a new wing of the Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions in Dubna, Russia, a fabled place whose six particle accelerators have produced nine new elements over the past half-century, including the five heaviest known to science. The new facility, dubbed the Superheavy Element Factory, will start its hunt for the next-heaviest elements—119 and 120—this spring.The northern and southern lights are different. Here’s why The northern and southern lights, aurora borealis and aurora australis, respectively, undulate across the skies in hazy green and sometimes red ribbons near Earth’s polar regions. The two phenomena aren’t identical, however, and now researchers think they know why.Winds fail to revive NASA’s Opportunity roverThere’s little hope left for rousing NASA’s Opportunity rover, which landed on Mars 15 years ago last month. Since June 2018, the rover has sat silently and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, is running out of tricks to revive it. In the next few weeks, officials at the agency’s headquarters will decide whether to continue the search.Ancient Earth rock found on the moonWhat may be the oldest-known Earth rock has turned up in a surprising place: the moon. A 2-centimeter chip embedded in a larger rock collected by Apollo astronauts is actually a 4-billion-year-old fragment of our own planet, scientists say. Sometime after the rock formed on Earth, an asteroid impact blasted it all the way to the moon, which was three times closer to Earth than it is today. The fragment was later engulfed in a lunar breccia, a motley type of rock, and returned to Earth by Apollo 14 astronauts in 1971.Fossil feathers reveal how dinosaurs took flightScientists have long known that many early dinosaurs, the ancestors of today’s birds, were covered in feathers, likely for warmth and to attract mates. But no one knows exactly when—and how—these feathered dinos took flight. Now, molecular evidence from feathered dinosaur fossils reveals how the key proteins that make up feathers became lighter and more flexible over time, as flightless dinosaurs evolved into flying ones—and later, birds. Email Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! 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