Carnival Cruise Line has issued an update on the developments of Tropical Storm Barry and how the soon to be Hurricane could impact further itineraries.
Carnival Cruise Line Tropical Storm Barry Update
Many cruise passengers are keeping an eye on the developing Tropical Storm Barry and how it is impacting cruise ships which are based from Gulf coast ports.
The cruise line which is based in Miami, Florida is constantly monitoring developments at its dedicated ship operations center in Miami. Carnival has stated that its number one priority is the safety of guests and crew and keeping cruise ships away from the impact is of high importance.
For guests wanting to keep updated, Carnival has provided text alerts for three Carnival cruise ships which are based on the Gulf coast including Carnival Glory and Carnival Valor out of Port of New Orleans and Carnival Fantasy out of Port of Mobile.
Text CRUISE (278473) using the following ship codes:
- Carnival Glory – 07/14/19 – CCL2
- Carnival Valor – 07/15/19 – CCL4
- Carnival Fantasy – 07/13/19 – CCL3
So far only Carnival Valor has been affected by the Tropical Storm. For its July 11 departure, the ship sailed from Mobile instead of New Orleans. Buses were provided to transfer passengers from the port in New Orleans to Mobile. The good news is that the Conquest-class ship is expected to return to New Orleans as scheduled on July 15 to end its 4-day western Caribbean cruise.
Carnival Glory is still scheduled to depart New Orleans on July 14 for its week-long Eastern Caribbean cruise. Carnival Valor is still scheduled to depart New Orleans on July 15 for its 5-day Western Caribbean cruise. Carnival Fantasy’s July 13 departure from Mobile, Alabama is also going ahead as normal for now.
We do suggest guests keep track with official updates from the cruise line as itineraries could change. Also, don’t forget to take out cruise insurance before your vacation, it is Hurricane season!
Carnival Cruise Line will be providing a further update at 8:00 PM EST.
Tropical Storm Barry Latest
According to the National Hurricane Center (NOAA), Tropical Storm Barry currently has maximum sustained winds of 65 mph and is moving northwest towards the Louisiana coast at 5 mph. At the moment Barry is located 170 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River.
The storm is expected to briefly become a category 1 Hurricane on Saturday morning as it reaches the coast. The storm will bring a huge amount of rainfall and storm surge. With cruise ports in New Orleans and Mobile closed there could also be heavy flooding in surrounding areas.
Cruise Hive will continue to keep readers updated on Tropical Storm Barry and how it is impacting cruises.