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MetService expects that the cyclone will head near  Northland or East Cape but forecaster Allister Gorman told the Taranaki Daily  News that no-one should cancel their holiday plans just yet.

“We don’t want to frighten people away,” Mr  Gorman said.

“Gisborne and Northland are big holiday spots, and  while we are uncertain we don’t want to put a kibosh on one.

“People need to check the forecast closer to the weekend.”

Cruise ship diversions as a result of Cyclone Evan have  included Crystal Symphony that headed to the Bay of Islands, New Zealand instead of calling  into Lautoka, Fiji this week.

Carnival Spirit followed  suit and amended her maiden Christmas voyage to Fiji to incorporate more of the  Vanuatu archipelago instead.

“The number one priority for Carnival Cruise Lines is the  safety and well-being of their guests,” a Carnival Cruise Lines spokesperson  said in a statement to e-Travel Blackboard.

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Words: Natalie Aroyan