With the Port of Mobile Alabama closure due to Hurricane Nate, the Carnival Fantasy is being impacted.
Since Hurricane Nate hit the U.S. Gulf Coast a few cruise ships have been affected including Carnival Dream and Carnival Triumph out of New Orleans and now Carnival Fantasy out of Mobile. Channel assessments are being made to Port of Mobile today (Sep 9th) so the ship’s arrival back into port will depend on that.
Carnival Fantasy is already sailing an extended cruise due to Nate which was a category 2 when it first hit on Saturday night. As soon as the port and channel are open Carnival Fantasy will dock. As a result, the ship will sail a cruise to nowhere instead of its original 5-October 7 5-night cruise to Cozumel and Progresso. Those passengers from the October 2 sailing are still onboard and are having an extended sailing until Carnival Fantasy can dock in Mobile.
Carnival Cruise Line Ambassador John Heald posted the following:
The Port of Mobile remains closed while port officials conduct their post storm assessments. Due to the uncertainty of when the port will reopen, our plan now is to sail tomorrow and operate a fun cruise to nowhere, contingent on the port reopening.
All guests who sail will receive a 50% refund of their cruise fare and a 50% credit on a future Carnival cruise. If they wish to cancel, they will receive a 100% future cruise credit.
Thanks to you all for your understanding. Tomorrow I hope to share news on this ship, Carnival Fascination and her future cruises
Nate is now no longer a Hurricane and has passed further inland as a Post Tropical Cyclone. Port of New Orleans was closed for cruise ships but has already reopened today.
Cruise Hive will continue to update readers on any developments impacting the cruise industry.