Hurricane Matthew not stopping Carnival Elation passengers in Jacksonville

Cruise ship gets new path due to Hurricane Matthew

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Hurricane Matthew is prompting a change in vacation plans for those aboard the Carnival Elation that departed Jacksonville Monday afternoon.

The destination changes, which were announced Sunday, will send passengers to Key West and Freeport, instead of Half Moon Bay and Nassau.

The Elation is one of Carnival's five ships changing routes due to Matthew.

Those who boarded the ship ahead of the 4 p.m. departure Monday say the change in plans does not put much of a damper on their trip.

"I was looking forward to going to the Bahamas, but we'll still have a good time," said Wayne Porter from Panama City.

"We love it, put us by the pool with a drink, we'll be happy," said Gene Kohler from St. Louis.
   
A Carnival spokesperson said Sunday the the change is because of the unpredictability of tropical weather systems, and that guest and crew safety are their foremost priority. The spokesperson also says the Elation will maintain a safe distance from the storm.

Those boarding the ship say they trust the cruise line to keep them safe.    

"I trust that the guys on the cruise ship know what they're doing," said Porter.

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


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