Princess Cruises ship changes course due to Kilauea volcano

Aerial view of lava lake of Puu Oo crater of Kilauea volcano in Big island, Hawaii

Princess Cruises will be changing their itinerary for their Sea Princess ship due to the erupting Kilauea volcano. According to USA Today Travel, the 2,000 passenger ship will skip their stop at Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawaii, and instead spend an extra day at sea. The cruise port at Hilo is only 43 miles from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where the erupting volcano is located.

“The safety of our guests and crew is our highest priority,” Princess said in a statement.

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Sea Princess is a Pacific Ocean cruise that lasts 35 days. Even though they will be skipping their Hilo stop, the ship will be landing at their Kailua-Kona port on the Big Island.

“The port remains open to ship traffic and is operating normally,” Princess noted in its statement. “Guests will have no disruption to shore excursions in Kona, but those with independent arrangements may find some areas of the island inaccessible. Princess advises all guests to heed all warnings from local authorities and stay out of any restricted areas.”

Norwegian Cruise Line canceled their Pride of America stop in Hilo only two days before, and Royal Caribbean Radiance of Seas also announced last week they would be canceling their stop in Hilo.

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The Kiluaeau volcano has erupted numerous times since May 3, and has been mostly closed since May 11 due to the fear of further eruptions.

Dozens of homes have already been destroyed by the eruptions, and more than 2,000 people have been evacuated.