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Hurricane Michael: Eight cruise ships sailing altered itineraries to avoid storm

At least seven cruise ships carrying more than 20,000 vacationers have been forced to alter course this week to avoid Hurricane Michael. 

Cruise giant Carnival’s 2,124-passenger Carnival Miracle on Tuesday skipped a call at Cozumel, Mexico, as it steered clear of the storm. The ship departed Tampa on Sunday on a seven-day voyage to the Western Caribbean. 

Also shifting course on Tuesday was Carnival’s 2,040-passenger Carnival Paradise, which is on a five-day voyage out of Tampa. The ship is sailing a reverse itinerary that will see it arrive in Cozumel on Wednesday and Grand Cayman on Thursday. 

The vessels joined four others at Carnival that had been forced to reroute earlier in the week due to Michael’s approach. On Monday, the Miami-based, 2,980-passenger Carnival Glory skipped a call at Grand Cayman and remained at sea to avoid the storm while the Galveston, Texas-based, 2,754-passenger Carnival Freedom dropped a call at Mahogany Bay in Honduras.

The New Orleans-based, 2,754-passenger Carnival Triumph and Miami-based, 2,764-passenger Carnival Victory are sailing reverse itineraries.

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The storm also has forced Norwegian Cruise Line to alter the itinerary of one of its biggest ships, the 4,248-passenger Norwegian Getaway, and at least one Royal Caribbean vessel has seen its itineraries slightly adjusted.

Norwegian’s Miami-based Getaway called Tuesday at Falmouth, Jamaica, in lieu of Roatan, Honduras. On Wednesday, it substituted a call at Grand Cayman for Costa Maya, Mexico. 

On Wednesday morning, Royal Caribbean chief meteorologist James Van Fleet said in a tweet that the line’s 2,350-passenger, Tampa-based Majesty of the Seas would arrive back at its home port on Thursday several hours late due to the storm.  

Van Fleet also said Royal Caribbean’s 1,992-passenger Grandeur of the Seas might depart Baltimore two hours early on Thursday to steer clear of the storm. 

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Deal watch: New Seabourn Cruise Line promotion brings upgrades, air credits, more

Luxury line Seabourn is out with a promotion that brings free upgrades and other perks with new bookings.

Called the Set Sail Event, the offer is available for select sailings through May 2020 and features amenities that vary depending on the voyage. 

Among the perks available are a free three-category cabin upgrade, a free 300-minute Internet package and a $750 per person air credit. 

Other perks available on select sailings during the promotion include a $500 per cabin shipboard credit. 

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Customers booking a premium suite or penthouse on select voyages will receive a $1,000 per suite on-board credit, a complimentary unlimited Internet package  and a $1,500 per person air credit.

The promotion also brings savings of up to 15% when customers book multiple voyages that are combined back-to-back.

The offer will be available through November 13. 

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You can now hire your own private yacht for your holidays… and prices start from just £93

New website Borrow A Boat lets you choose a yacht from a list of 4,000 vessels to hire for your holiday

HOLIDAYS on private yachts are normally reserved for the famous or super-rich.

But you soon could be sailing around the south of France in a luxury boat thanks to a new website called Borrow A Boat.

 The Princess V 50 would cost £950,000 to buy but those holidaying in Ibiza can rent the yacht, which has three cabins for just over £2,000 per day
The Princess V 50 would cost £950,000 to buy but those holidaying in Ibiza can rent the yacht, which has three cabins for just over £2,000 per day
 Fancy your own boat during a trip to the Seychelles? Well for £219 per day, you coul rent the Fountaine Pajot Mahe 36 Chris Eden
Fancy your own boat during a trip to the Seychelles? Well for £219 per day, you coul rent the Fountaine Pajot Mahe 36 Chris Eden

Described as an 'Airbnb' for private yachts, the platform allows people to rent a yacht based on their budget and location.

Borrow A Boat was launched last week at the Southampton Boat Show and already has 4,000 vessels on offer.

The scheme works two ways with potential sailors searching for the boat of their dreams before making a booking to rent it.

While people who own the yachts can also make a listing for people to borrow their boats, in order to make some extra cash.

So far, Borrow A Boat operates in 34 countries including Thailand, Spain, France and many Caribbean islands.

And yachts range from small motorboats for day trips to luxury £1million-plus yachts, owned by the wealthy.

 One of the largest boats available to rent on Borrow A Boat is the Casablanca which is up for £36,000 per week in Croatia
One of the largest boats available to rent on Borrow A Boat is the Casablanca which is up for £36,000 per week in Croatia
 For just £99 per day, you could rent the Dufour 34 Bibi in Croatia, which has three bedrooms and sleeps six people
For just £99 per day, you could rent the Dufour 34 Bibi in Croatia, which has three bedrooms and sleeps six people

Borrow A Boat was set up by entrepreneur Matt Ovenden, a 37-year-old father-of-three from Reading.

And he told MailOnline: "I’ve been boating since I was two and had always dreamed of owning a boat – but was slightly put off by the costs of buying and maintaining a boat.

"From talking to the industry and marinas I then realised that 95 per cent of boats are only used for a couple of weeks a year by their owners.

"It occurred to me if you could bring boat owners and enthusiasts together through a peer-to-peer sharing economy platform then you could make boating accessible to more people and offset the mooring costs of keeping a boat in a marina – helping two groups of people at the same time."

 This vessel in the south of France may cost £1.2million to buy, but you could rent it for £2,607 per day
This vessel in the south of France may cost £1.2million to buy, but you could rent it for £2,607 per day
 One of the cheapest boats to rent is the Bavaria, which can be hired in Croatia for £93 per day
One of the cheapest boats to rent is the Bavaria, which can be hired in Croatia for £93 per day

And now Matt hopes the website will revolutionise yacht travel in the same way Airbnb has changed accommodation.

Previously, we showed you how the A-List travel and what it’s like to fly on a £15m private jet.

We also revealed how you can relax in style just like George Clooney in exclusive celeb hangout Lake Como.

Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/4494179/you-can-now-hire-your-own-private-yacht-for-your-holidays-and-prices-start-from-just-93/