|Credit: NASA/SSAI, Hal Pierce|
8:45 PM EDT - UPDATE: CARNIVAL ELATION 08/31/12 - 3-DAY DEPARTURE:
FUNtastic news! The Port of New Orleans will reopen early tomorrow morning.
Due to the time required to transit the Mississippi River, the ship will be alongside in the afternoon. We’ll be busy saying good bye to our disembarking guests, so check in for your 3 day Fun Cruise @ Sea will now take place between 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Friday, August 31, 2012 at the Erato Street Cruise Terminal.
So join us for three days of unforgettable fun and receive:
- 50% refund of your cruise fare (refunded within the next 2 weeks)
- 25% future cruise discount on a 3-5 day Carnival cruise (restrictions apply)
- Gratuities will be adjusted to reflect the shortened voyage
- Shore excursions purchased for Cozumel, as well as, the government fees and taxes, will be automatically refunded to your Sail & Sign account
Refunds will not be provided for flight changes, hotel accommodations, meals, transfers, or other incidental costs. However, guests who purchased Carnival’s Vacation Protection Plan should check their plan for reimbursement considerations.
Guests who purchased flights with Carnival's FlyAweigh program will automatically have their flights adjusted to the new day and time. You will be notified of your new flights by our Travel Services department. Guests with independent flight arrangements, please adjust your travel plans accordingly.
We certainly hope you’ll sail with us but if you elect to cancel, please contact 1-800-CARNIVAL to request your future cruise credit.
To stay up to date, if you have not done so already, please sign up for text updates by texting CCL1 to CRUISE (278473).
Once again, we are sorry the weather has caused a delay in getting your fun started. Rest assured, once you step on board, we'll waste no time in getting it going!
TROPICAL STORM ISAAC UPDATE – 5:30 PM (EDT) August 29th
We are closely monitoring Tropical Storm Isaac and keeping in close contact with port officials.
CARNIVAL ELATION – 8/25/12 DEPARTURE
Officials at the Port of New Orleans have informed us the Mississippi River remains closed to ship traffic. Since it is uncertain when the river will reopen, the Carnival Elation will now proceed to the Port of Mobile. Weather permitting, debark will take place on Friday morning. Guests will be bused back to New Orleans.
CARNIVAL ELATION 8/30 DEPARTURE
We sincerely apologize for this disruption to your cruise. Here are your options.
Sail with us and receive a:
- 50% refund of your cruise fare (refunded within the next 2 weeks)
- 25% future 3-5 day cruise discount (restrictions apply)
- Gratuities will be adjusted
- Refund of government fees and taxes
- Refunds will not be provided for flight changes, hotel accommodations, meals, transfers, or other incidental costs
Should you wish to cancel or reschedule, please contact 1-800-CARNIVAL to request your future cruise credit.
Guest who purchased flights with Carnival’s FlyAweigh program will automatically have their flights adjusted to the new day and time. You will be notified of your new flights by our Travel Services department. Guests with independent flight arrangements, please adjust your travel plans accordingly.
To stay up to date on any changes, we encourage you to sign up for text alerts by texting CCL1 to CRUISE (278473). If you have already done so during your online check-in, you will automatically receive updates.
Once again, we’re very sorry that Mother Nature did not cooperate with our plans. However, we’re confident you’ll have loads of fun on board.
At the moment, there are no changes expected for any other sailings departing on or after Thursday, August 30, 2012. In the event we need to make a deviation to a future itinerary, we will update our guests.
Due to its projected path, CARGO operations at the Port of New Orleans closed yesterday (Aug. 27) at 5 p.m and will remain closed today (Aug. 28) and tomorrow (Aug. 29). There's no word yet from Carnival Cruises Lines on whether the Aug. 30 departure of Carnival Elation, the next scheduled ship to sail out of New Orleans, will be affected.
CARNIVAL DESTINY - 8/25/12 deprture
Carnival Destiny, departing on a five-night voyage from Miami on Saturday, will stop at Grand Cayman (instead of Ocho Rios) on Monday and Ocho Rios (instead of Grand Cayman) on Tuesday.
CARNIVAL DREAM - 8/25/12 departure
Carnival Dream, which will be departing on a seven-night sailing from Port Canaveral on Saturday, will skip its Nassau call on Sunday in favor of a sea day. The ship will now pay a visit to St. Maarten (instead of St. Thomas) on Tuesday and St. Thomas (instead of St. Maarten) on Wednesday, and a sea day originally scheduled for Thursday will be replaced with a call on Grand Turk.
The Port of Miami is expected to close by 11:00 PM on Saturday. Weather permitting, the port will reopen on Monday at noon. The Carnival Imagination will remain at sea at a safe distance from the storm until the port reopens.
Check-in for the Carnival Imagination is set for 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM and sailing is set for 8:00 PM.
The Port of Tampa is expected to close by 3:00 AM on Sunday. At this time, they are uncertain as to when the port will reopen. Therefore, we have made arrangements to dock at Port Canaveral instead, where we will arrive at 8:00 AM on Sunday. Busses will be available to take guests to the Port of Tampa or the Tampa airport. The parking garage at the port will be open. It will take approximately two and a half hours to the Port of Tampa from Port Canaveral.
Due to the expected port closure in Tampa, the Carnival Legend will dock in Port Canaveral on Sunday. We ask that guests proceed to the Port of Tampa and plan to arrive between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM. The parking garage at the port will be open to park your vehicle. We will have busses available to take you and your luggage to Port Canaveral. Please do not proceed to Port Canaveral directly as the ship will be docking in Tampa when we return next week.
- One-day pro-rated refund of your cruise fare (refunded within the next 2 weeks)
- $50 per person on board credit
- Refund of $13.11 for the government fees and taxes for Key West
- Gratuities will also be adjusted to reflect the shortened voyage
- Shore excursions purchased for Key West will be automatically refunded
- Refunds will not be provided for flight changes, hotel accommodations, meals, transfers or other incidental costs.
CARNIVAL LEGEND – Text CCL2 to CRUISE (278473)
CARNIVAL VALOR – Text CCL 4 to CRUISE (278473)
CARNIVAL IMAGINATION – Text CCL5 to CRUISE (278473)
The safety of our Guests and Crew is always our first priority at Disney Cruise Line.
We are closely monitoring the current weather conditions and path of Tropical Storm Isaac through the National Weather Service.
At this time, we have not made any changes to the following itinerary:
- Disney Dream August 29th, 4-night sailing to the Bahamas
Norwegian Sky will depart Miami today as scheduled on a three-day cruise to the Bahamas. The ship is cancelling its call to Great Stirrup Cay on Saturday. The ship will now call Nassau on Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm and spend Sunday at sea. Depending on the path of the storm, the ship may have a delayed arrival to Miami on Monday.
Norwegian Dawn will depart Boston as scheduled today to Bermuda. In order to maximize guests’ time ashore, the ship will arrive at 8 am on Sunday, three hours earlier than scheduled. Depending on the path of the storm, the ship may need to depart Bermuda earlier than scheduled.
Norwegian Gem will depart New York as scheduled on Saturday to the Bahamas & Florida. The ship will change the order of its ports, calling on Great Stirrup Cay on Tuesday, Nassau on Wednesday and Port Canaveral on Thursday.
Guests on board the vessels will be kept up to date by the ship’s Captain. It is also important to note that we will continue to closely monitor the storms and if the paths change, we may need to modify these itineraries.
We appreciate our guests’ understanding. As soon as there is further information, we will update NCL.com and notify our guests.
ALLURE OF THE SEAS
Given Tropical Storm Isaac’s current location and projected path, and the forecasted weather for South Florida, Allure of the Seas’next sailing will now begin on Tuesday, August 28. We ask that guests who are scheduled to sail on Allure of the Season Sunday, August 26, not arrive at the port until 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 28. We kindly ask that guests come to the terminal between 11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 28, for check-in and boarding.
Regrettably, the delayed departure will have an impact on the scheduled itinerary. Allure of the Seas will now spend Wednesday, August 29, at sea, call to Cozumel, Mexico, on Thursday, August 30, spend Friday, August 31, at sea, and Nassau, Bahamas, on Saturday, September 1.
If you are sailing on Allure of the Seas’next sailing and you feel you will not be able to arrive on Tuesday, please call us at 888-829-4050 in the U.S., and 408-926-9002 internationally.
MAJESTY OF THE SEAS
The Port of Miami closed at 11:00 p.m. yesterday evening and plans to reopen on Monday, August 27. Because of this, Majesty of the Seas’boarding on Monday will be delayed. Boarding will now start on Monday at 5:00 p.m. Guests can begin arriving at 5:00 p.m. and should arrive no later than 8:00 p.m.
Majesty of the Seas will call on Nassau, Bahamas, on Tuesday, August 27, as scheduled. However, the arrival time in Nassau may be impacted by the later departure. More information will be provided to guests once they board the ship.
We encourage guests sailing Majesty of the Seas continue to monitor this website for any additional updates.
MONARCH OF THE SEAS
Boarding for Monarch of the Seas will begin at 1:00 p.m., as scheduled. Monarch of the Seas will spend Wednesday, August 29, at sea, and call to CocoCay, Bahamas, on Thursday, August 30.
If you have not done so already, we strongly suggest guests complete their online check-in as soon as possible, including the section on your preferred method of contact while traveling. You can access online check-in at www.royalcaribbean.com/onlinecheckin