Hurricane Matthew giving many cruise ship passengers extra day at sea

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Carnival Pride is one of several cruise ships changing itineraries because of Hurricane Matthew.

"It's obviously going to hit them and quite likely hit the stocks near term".

"We all have bathing suits, flip-flops, sundresses", said passenger Melissa Walker of Lynchburg, Va.

The ship, with a passenger capacity of 2,700, arrives Tuesday in Halifax, along with three other previously scheduled ships. "We're trying to get sweatshirts", said Melissa Walker of Lynchburg, Virginia. The Pride is now docked at Pier 88 in Manhattan but, according to WCBS, it won't be heading back to Baltimore until later this evening.

Many are demanding to know why they're not getting back sooner.

Carnival spokeswoman Jennifer De La Cruz said the cruise line will help Ecstasy passengers reschedule air travel to and from Charleston if they booked their flights through Carnival's Fly2Fun program.

"We're just going to have a good time and we believe they're going to be safe", said Deborah Murdock.

At least it wasn't a poop cruise? But passengers say they weren't notified until an email was sent late Saturday night, just before the Sunday embarkation.

Carnival told NBC 4 NY in a statement that prior to the start of the trip, "guests had the option of canceling and receiving a full refund". Guests who remain on the revised itinerary will receive an onboard credit.

Some frustrated passengers, like 74-year-old Fred Loney, meant to drive back this morning rather than wait to leave tonight and get to Baltimore on Sunday. The exceptions are pre-paid bookings but travelers may still be able to get their money back if the hotel or rental company can't provide the service. On Wednesday, Disney Cruise Lines was the first operator to cancel a sailing. Overnight, there has been a significant shift in the storm forecast. It was only five years ago when Hurricane Irene which made its way to the east coast, prompted cruise lines to alter routes and scramble for ports to dock.

As Port Miami is now open cruise lines are now informing guests on new departure times for cruise ship departures.

"Royal Caribbean International continues to closely monitor the path and progress of Hurricane Matthew to ensure guests have an enjoyable and comfortable cruise", the cruise line said in a statement. "The second part of the mission was delivering Coast Guard medical personnel and supplies to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, so they can join with the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton in post Hurricane Matthew storm relief operations".

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