Unscathed: The Bermuda Islander is looking to load up and leave today, which will put her slightly behind her usual Thursday arrival time. *Photo by Carlita Burgess
Unscathed: The Bermuda Islander is looking to load up and leave today, which will put her slightly behind her usual Thursday arrival time. *Photo by Carlita Burgess

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 31: Hurricane Sandy took a big bite out of the cruise schedule as she tore up the East Coast of the US with three liners cancelling their trips to the island.

And it looks set to put a hefty dent in the container lines’ timetable too as the US ports where the Bermuda Islander and the Oleander reload are right in the path of the storm.

Last week three ships, Enchantment of the Seas, Regatta and the Caribbean Princess, made the decision to skip Bermuda because of the treacherous weather conditions and head elsewhere.

Regatta was due to come into Hamilton yesterday, which would have provided a welcome boost to retailers and restaurants.

But the ship will be back in the capital on Sunday for a quick stop on her way from Miami to St Barts in the Caribbean.

Explorer of the Seas is still scheduled to arrive in Dockyard today, having managed to steer clear of the hurricane’s track.

Meanwhile the Bermuda Islander managed to escape the force of Hurricane Sandy relatively unscathed.

She was docked in Salem, New Jersey at the time the storm swept across the east coast of the US.

But the container vessel is looking to load up and leave today, which will put her slightly behind her usual Thursday arrival time.

The Oleander was safely tucked up in Hamilton when the hurricane hit New York and left Bermuda yesterday.

She is hoping to arrive into New Jersey by Friday and reload.

That would mean that she will remain on schedule as her winter schedule of arriving on Monday instead of Sunday was due to begin next week.