Tropical Storm Karen Causes Cruise Ship Delays

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Two Carnival Cruise Line ships which were on their way back to their homeports have been delayed due to Tropical Storm Karen.

Tropical Storm Karen is currently in the Gulf of Mexico and heading north towards the United States coastal regions. New Orleans is also under threat from the tropical storm but is not expected to cause as much damage as Hurricane Katrina back in 2005.

Take a look at the graphic below for the latest tracking information as of 1:40 PM GMT from NOAA on Tropical Storm Karen:


The ships Carnival Conquest and Carnival Elation are to be delayed as both ships homeports is New Orleans. The Mississippi river has been close due to the storm which has stopped the ships from getting back.

The Carnival Conquest is currently on a seven-day cruise and was scheduled to arrive back on Sunday. The Carnival Elation is on a five-day cruise and was scheduled to return to the port today. Now instead the ships are both to return to New Orleans on Monday which will add extra days to their current voyages.

The next sailings on both ships will be shortened and passengers are to receive partial refunds.