Airlines, cruise ships monitoring Caribbean system

Airlines and cruise ship companies are monitoring the progress of a tropical disturbance approaching the Lesser Antilles at the eastern end of the Caribbean.

Forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the system of low pressure had a 50 percent chance of developing into a tropical depression or possibly a tropical storm within 48 hours.

Jennifer de la Cruz, a spokeswoman for Carnival Cruise Lines, said one ship’s itinerary will be modified to steer clear of the system’s predicted path. That ship, the Carnival Splendor, on an 8-day cruise out of New York, will drop a port call in the Turks and Caicos Islands and stop instead at Florida’s Port Canaveral.

Major air carriers such as American Airlines said they were watching the weather system but had announced no itinerary changes by Thursday afternoon.

Regional airline LIAT said it planned to cancel three flights on Friday, affecting travel to St. Maarten, St. Kitts and St. Thomas.