Hurricane Willa cone forecast

(8 p.m. EDT) — At least two cruise ships have been forced to alter their Mexican Riviera itineraries due to Hurricane Willa, a category 4 hurricane swirling off of the southwestern coast of Mexico.

According to a statement from Norwegian Cruise Line, Norwegian Bliss‘ October 20 sailing — a seven-night voyage roundtrip from Los Angeles — will call on San Francisco on Monday, San Diego on Wednesday and Ensenada on Thursday instead of Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. The ship spent Sunday at sea and will do the same on Tuesday and Friday, returning to Los Angeles on Saturday as originally scheduled.

Members on the Cruise Critic message boards have also said that Holland America’s Eurodam has switched up its October 21 itinerary, replacing Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta with San Francisco, San Pedro, Catalina Island and Ensenada. Cruise Critic is awaiting confirmation and further information from the cruise line.

Grand Princess and Disney Wonder are also sailing in the area. We’ve reached out to both lines, but we have not yet received word of any changes for those ships.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Willa is moving to the north-northwest and is expected to strengthen further before reaching southwestern and west-central Mexico on Tuesday. It’s currently about 225 miles south-southwest of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico, and has maximum sustained winds of up to 140 miles per hour.

The Mexican government has issued various watches and warnings, including a hurricane watch from San Blas to Mazatlan, a tropical storm warning from Playa Perula to San Blas and a tropical storm watch from north of Mazatlan to Bahia Tempehuaya.

A warning means conditions are expected in the area within 36 hours, while a watch means they’re possible within 48 hours.

Check back for more information as it becomes available.

–By Ashley Kosciolek, Editor

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