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Hurricane forces cruise that left from Baltimore to be cut short

This NOAA satellite image taken Wednesday, Oct. 05, 2016 at 12:45 AM EDT shows both current active tropical cyclones in view moving away from the Caribbean, with Hurricane Matthew north of the eastern edge of Cuba, and Tropical Storm Nicole located out over the western Atlantic to the northeast of Matthew. Matthew is currently at category 4 strength with maximum sustained winds up to 125 MPH. Matthew will continue to move northward away from the Caribbean, though its outer bands are still impacting Hispaniola, and Haiti continues to bear the full impact of Matthew with heavy rains and strong winds. (NOAA/Weather Underground via AP)

This NOAA satellite image taken Wednesday, Oct. 05, 2016 at 12:45 AM EDT shows both current active tropical cyclones in view moving away from the Caribbean, with Hurricane Matthew north of the eastern edge of Cuba, and Tropical Storm Nicole located out over the western Atlantic to the northeast of Matthew. (NOAA/Weather Underground via AP)

The threat of Hurricane Matthew has forced a cruise ship to reroute its trip and a sold-out island festival to be rescheduled in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Carnival Cruise Line says it has changed the itinerary of Carnival Pride’s seven-day cruise that left Baltimore on Sunday. Spokeswoman Jennifer De La Cruz said in an email Tuesday that the ship was to stop at Caribbean islands.

Instead, De La Cruz says, the ship sailed to New York for a visit on Oct. 4 and 5, after which it will head back to Baltimore.

The Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce said in a news release Tuesday that Saturday’s Chincoteague Island Oyster Festival on Virginia’s Eastern Shore has been postponed. The chamber says the festival, which has been held for 44 years, will be conducted on Oct. 15.