Monday, September 5, 2011

Cruise News: Stormy Weather Updates for Carnival & Norwegian Cruise Ship Arrivals/Departures/Itineraries

Carnival Cruise Lines Update

We continue to closely monitor Tropical Depression Lee which has delayed the arrival of the Carnival Elation into Mobile and Carnival Triumph into New Orleans. As always, the safety of our guests is our number one concern and our ships will maintain a safe distance from the storm at all times.

The Carnival Elation is still delayed arriving in Mobile from its previous cruise. Given prevailing weather conditions, the local pilots have not been able to board the ship. At this time we are still unable to provide an estimated arrival time. We will provide guests with another update no later than 12:00PM CDT (noon) on Monday. We encourage guests to sign up for text updates by texting CCL2 to 36500.

The Carnival Triumph is delayed arriving in New Orleans from its previous cruise. The good news is that local pilots have boarded the ship this morning and the ship is expected to dock at 5:00PM. Because of limited parking and seating facilities at the terminal, please do not proceed to the cruise terminal until 9:00PM. Embarkation is scheduled to take place from 8:00PM-10:30PM and sailing is scheduled for 11:00PM. This delay should not impact our scheduled itinerary. We encourage guests to sign up for text updates by texting CCL3 to 36500.

We're sorry Mother Nature is not cooperating with us. We look forward to welcoming guests aboard the Carnival Elation and Carnival Triumph. All other sailings departing on or after Monday, Sept 5, 2011 will continue to operate as scheduled. In the event we need to make a deviation to the itinerary, we will update our guests.

Norwegian Cruise Line Update

Norwegian Spirit remained at sea yesterday, Sept 4, awaiting an opportunity for safe arrival to New Orleans. At this time, the ship is anticipated to arrive in New Orleans on Monday, Sept 5 in the late evening once berthing space at the pier becomes available. When the ship is alongside, guests will have the option to disembark Monday evening using the easy walk-off program or they can stay onboard until Tuesday morning if they need assistance with their luggage.

Embarkation for the Sept 4 Norwegian Spirit cruise will take place on Tuesday, Sept 6 beginning at 11 am. Guests are asked to delay their arrival at the pier to Tuesday, Sept 6. The ship is expected to sail at 5 pm. Because of the delay, Norwegian Spirit will sail a revised itinerary calling in Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico. Guests will receive a two-day refund based on the cruise fare paid as an on-board credit.

Hurricane/Tropical Storm Katia
Norwegian Gem departed from New York; however, in order to avoid the path of the storm and provide a more comfortable and pleasant cruise for our guests, the ship will now sail to the Bahamas and Florida instead of Bermuda as scheduled. Norwegian Gem will now call on Orlando (Port Canaveral) on Tuesday, Sept 6; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas on Wednesday, Sept 7; and Nassau, Bahamas on Thursday, Sept 8.

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