Airports, seaports nearing normalcy after Isaac

Some flight cancellations linger; seaports reopen

FLORIDA - South Florida airports and seaports are nearing normal operations after Tropical Storm Isaac pounded the tri-county area with intermittent heavy showers and strong winds this weekend.

At Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International 12 flights were canceled and 11 delayed before noon Monday in the aftermath of Isaac, the airport's community outreach coordinator Allan Siegel said in an email.

"Weather conditions are improving as Isaac moves away from South Florida," Siegel noted.

There were also some cancellations of AirTran Airways flights to and from Palm Beach International Airport, according to flight tracking information on its website.

At Miami International Airport shortly after 9 a.m. Monday there were 148 flights cancellations, mostly by American Airlines and its regional affiliate American Eagle, airport spokesman Greg Chin said in an email.

"American is building back up to full operations by the end of day after canceling more than 500 flights yesterday and bringing back aircraft to MIA," Chin noted.

If planning to travel today or later this week are advised to check with their airline for storm-related updates and policies regarding change fee waivers and re-booking before heading out to the airport.

Ports

Port Everglades reopened to ship traffic late Monday afternoon after resuming only landside operations earlier in the day, spokeswoman Maisy Alpert said.

The Fort Lauderdale port resumed waterside operations after getting the nod from the U.S. Coast Guard that its channels and waterway conditions were safe.

Cruise ship passengers are advised to contact their cruise lines for the latest updates.

Shortly after 3 p.m. Monday the Port of Palm Beach re-opened to incoming vessels after it received approval from the U.S. Coast Guard, port officials said in a statement.

Only port offices had reopened earlier in the day.

The port pilots will work to bring the Celebration Cruise Line's Bahamas Celebration into port so that passengers can disembark and the vessel clear through customs, before awaiting ship guests can board.

"The safety of our passengers and staff remains our primary concern," the port's Executive Director Manuel Almira said. "We ask for everyone's patience while we best manage the delay."

The Riviera Beach port did not sustain any damage from Isaac.

PortMiami also re-opened its waterways to cruise ship and other maritime vessels Monday after 2 p.m. after receiving the clearance from the Coast Guard, a spokeswoman confirmed.

Cruise ship operations

South Florida based cruise operators are still adjusting schedules of some ships in Issac's wake.

Royal Caribbean International said Monday the next sailing for Allure of the Seas from Port Everglades will be Tuesday and are asking passengers booked on the ship for Sunday not to arrive at the port until 11:30 a.m. Aug. 28.

Some changes have been made to Allure's schedule due to its delayed departure and itineraries for Majesty of the Seas and Monarch of the Seas have also been affected.

Carnival Cruise Lines has also revised schedules for Carnival Destiny, which departed PortMiami Saturday, and amended itineraries for Carnival Dream, Carnival Legend, Carnival Sensation, which all sailed from Port Canaveral over the weekend. The schedule for Carnival Paradise that departed Tampa Sunday has also been revised.

Norwegian Cruise Line on Monday said Norwegian Sky will delay its return to Miami today and is expected to arrive between noon and 4 p.m. depending on when the port reopens.

The ship is now expected to departure Miami at 10 p.m. on its next four-day Bahamas cruise and should follow normal itinerary.


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