Call it the day the cruise ships stopped sailing.
With Hurricane Irma bearing down on Florida, cruise lines now have canceled every voyage scheduled to depart from the state on Friday — a rare occurrence. Many of Saturday's sailings already have been canceled, too.
The Friday cancellations include sailings on three Miami-based ships: Carnival's 2,758-passenger Carnival Victory, Royal Caribbean's 2,446-passenger Enchantment of the Seas and Norwegian Cruise Line's 2,004-passenger Norwegian Sky.
Also canceled are voyages on two Port Canaveral-based ships: Disney Cruise Line's 2,500-passenger Disney Dream and Royal Caribbean's 2,350-passenger Majesty of the Seas. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line's Palm Beach-based Grand Celebration also is sitting out its Friday departure.
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Five of 10 sailings scheduled to begin in Florida on Saturday have been canceled or delayed. They include all departures scheduled for Disney Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, MSC Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line.
Only Carnival's five Saturday sailings out of Florida remain listed as on schedule. The line on Wednesday said the trips were under evaluation and an update would be coming Thursday at 1 p.m.
Several lines including Disney and Royal Caribbean also have canceled or delayed voyages from Florida scheduled for Sunday and Monday. The delayed voyages include Sunday's sailing of Royal Caribbean's 5,479-passenger Harmony of the Seas, the world's largest cruise ship.
All of the lines are offering passengers on the canceled sailings a refund as well as an additional credit that can be used for a future trip. The amount of the credit varies by line. Passengers on delayed sailings are getting a pro-rated refund and also have the option of canceling the trips.
In all, the cancellations and delayed departures have affected the vacations of more than 40,000 people.
Irma is expected to be in the vicinity of Florida by Sunday. As of 8:00 a.m. ET Thursday, the storm was about 110 miles north of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and moving to the west-northwest at 17 miles per hour. The hurricane had maximum sustained winds of 180 miles per hour.