Miami Cruise Port Delays: How the Extreme Weather Affected Thousands of Passengers


This weekend has seen extremely unusual weather in the Miami region, with gusty winds and a lot of rain. Although wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour also affected the Miami area on Saturday, official statistics only recorded roughly 1.2 inches in the area.

Additionally, the devastation was caused by moderate water levels. On Sunday morning, the port declared on Twitter and its website that “all PortMiami cruise ship boardings and departures will be delayed” because of the weather.

Passengers should get in touch with their cruise line for further information, according to the warning.

These delays happen on a weekend, which is known as “turnaround day” for ships when many are ending trips and starting new ones. This affects a lot of people.

If you go to, you can see that Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas is in port with MSC Divina and that Oceania Insignia and Norwegian Encore are on their way to dock. At the same time, several other ships are waiting outside the port for their turn to come in.

Most of the time, ships get to port early in the morning, around 6 or 7 a.m. At 11 a.m. today, many ships still hadn’t docked.

Nine cruise ships are all set to stop in port today before leaving again this evening:

  • Scarlet Lady (carries 2,770 passengers at double occupancy)
  • Oasis of the Seas (5,602 pax)
  • Grandeur of the Seas (1,992 pax)
  • Norwegian Encore (3,998 pax)
  • MSC Divina (3,078 pax)
  • Oceania Insignia (698 pax)
  • Carnival Horizon (3,960 pax)
  • Carnival Celebration (5,374 pax)
  • Vision of the Seas (2,050 pax)

All together, these ships can hold about 30,000 people when double sharing is used. There are delays that affect both people getting off and on the ships, which means that if the ships are full, a total of about 60,000 people will be affected.

There are possibly some people in this group whose flights home were supposed to happen later today but will have to be moved.

You should hear from your cruise line today with directions if you have a ship coming in or going out of Miami today. No matter what, you should bring patience with you because the day in port is only going to get busier.

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