Tropical Storm Karen formed in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico prompting tropical storm and hurricane warnings for the northern Gulf Coast. Due to the anticipated arrival of the storm, Port of New Orleans had closed the Mississippi River.
This storm impacted two Carnival Cruise Line sailings:
Port of New Orleans authorities opted to open the Mississippi River earlier than anticipated while keeping a watch on Tropical Storm Karen, allowing both Carnival Elation and Carnival Conquest to return to port sooner than expected. Elation now will return to New Orleans around 2 p.m. Sunday. Conquest is expected to return at 1:30 p.m. Passengers onboard both ships may disembark Sunday or spend one more night onboard and disembark Monday morning.
Passengers scheduled for the next cruise onboard Elation may board between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday; passengers scheduled to sail on Conquest may board between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday.
"Our top priority was to keep a safe distance from the storm while we waited for the river to re-open," Carnival Cruise Lines President and CEO Gerry Cahill said in a news release. "We are pleased to be able to get our ships back into New Orleans earlier than what was originally anticipated as the storm was moving towards the coastline. We apologize to our guests for the inconvenience caused by Tropical Storm Karen and we extend our appreciation to all of the officials and maritime partners in New Orleans who have worked with us throughout to manage the situation as smoothly as possible."
|Tropical Storm Karen||
1000 AM CDT SUN OCT 06 2013 ...KAREN DISSIPATES... ...THIS IS THE LAST ADVISORY...
NEAR 30 MPH...45 KM/H...WITH HIGHER GUSTS.
THERE ARE NO COASTAL WATCHES OR WARNINGS IN EFFECT. INTERESTS ALONG THE NORTH-CENTRAL
GULF COAST SHOULD CONTINUE TO MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR
LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
CARNIVAL CONQUEST - 10/06/13 DEPARTURE
The Carnival Conquest will operate a 6-day cruise, cancelling Freeport. Check-in will be on Monday from 10:00AM to 2:00PM at the Erato Street Terminal and sailing time is set for 4:00PM.
CARNIVAL ELATION - 10/05/13 DEPARTURE
The Carnival Elation will operate a 3 day Fun Cruise @ Sea. Check-in will be on Monday from 11:00AM to 3:00PM at the Julia Street Terminal (1350 Port of New Orleans Place) and sailing time is set for 4:00PM.
Tropical Storm Karen - Update
SUMMARY OF 1000 AM CDT...1500 UTC...INFORMATION ----------------------------------------------- LOCATION...28.1N 89.9W ABOUT 85 MI...135 KM SW OF THE MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...30 MPH...45 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT...E OR 90 DEGREES AT 13 MPH...20 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1009 MB...29.80 INCHES
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 30 MPH...45 KM/H...WITH HIGHER GUSTS.
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND ---------------------- STORM SURGE...LOCALIZED COASTAL FLOODING IS POSSIBLE ALONG PORTIONS OF THE NORTHERN GULF COAST. FOR INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA... PLEASE SEE PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE. RAINFALL...THE REMNANTS OF KAREN ARE EXPECTED TO PRODUCE RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES OVER PORTIONS OF THE CENTRAL GULF COAST AND SOUTHEASTERN STATES THROUGH MONDAY EVENING.
800 AM CDT THU OCT 03 2013 ...TROPICAL STORM FORMS OVER THE SOUTHEASTERN GULF OF MEXICO... ...HURRICANE AND TROPICAL STORM WATCHES ISSUED FOR THE NORTHERN GULF COAST...
700 PM CDT THU OCT 03 2013 ...TROPICAL STORM KAREN HEADING TOWARD THE CENTRAL GULF OF MEXICO...
400 PM CDT FRI OCT 04 2013 ...KAREN DISORGANIZED... ...HURRICANE WATCH DISCONTINUED...
1000 AM CDT SAT OCT 05 2013 ...KAREN EXPECTED TO MOVE OVER SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA TONIGHT AND EARLY SUNDAY...
700 PM CDT SAT OCT 05 2013 ...KAREN STATIONARY SOUTH OF LOUISIANA......
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR... * GRAND ISLE LOUISIANA TO THE MOUTH OF THE PEARL RIVER
400 AM CDT SUN OCT 06 2013 ...KAREN EXPECTED TO BECOME A REMNANT LOW LATER TODAY...