Disney Fantasy rerouted to St. Thomas to keep it far away from Ernesto's path
Published: August 7, 2012
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ST. THOMAS - Tropical Storm Ernesto bypassed the Virgin Islands as a tropical depression late last week with little effect on the territory's weather, but the storm, which is expected to reach hurricane strength today, will send an extra cruise ship to Havensight this week.
The Disney Fantasy will dock at 7 a.m. Wednesday at Havensight, according to Mark Sabino, marine manager of the West Indian Co. Ltd., which manages the Havensight dock.
Normally, the ship would be doing its Western Caribbean run.
"But Ernesto chased her over here," Sabino said.
Sabino said the ship will follow its normal course in the Eastern Caribbean. He said as of Monday afternoon this was the only cruise ship rerouted to St. Thomas because of the storm.
As of 5 p.m. Monday, Ernesto was about 125 miles northeast of Honduras and expected to make landfall early Wednesday morning near the border between Mexico and Belize, according to the National Hurricane Center. It was moving west-northwest at 12 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour.