(UPDATE 9:45 PM) Per Carnival, officials in New Orleans will open the Mississippi River on Friday morning. Carnival Elation will sail from the port of New Orleans on Friday evening. Embarkation is scheduled from 6p to 9pm in New Orleans.
Though Isaac has downgraded from a Hurricane to a Tropical Storm, the Port of New Orleans remains closed to maritime traffic. The port first closed down on Monday afternoon and wasn’t sure when they were going to re-open. Carnival Elation will now sail from Mobile, Alabama on Friday (8/31), staying at sea on Thursday (8/30).
Carnival released this statement this evening, “Because the Mississippi River remains closed to all ship traffic due to Hurricane Isaac, the Carnival Elation, which was scheduled to arrive at the Port of New Orleans on Thursday, Aug. 30, will now dock at the Port of Mobile on Friday, Aug. 31, instead. For all guests sailing on this voyage, Carnival will provide complimentary motorcoach transportation from Mobile to the Port of New Orleans and the New Orleans airport.”
AUGUST 30 DEPARTURE
Carnival Elation’s next cruise, a four-day cruise scheduled to depart from New Orleans Thursday, Aug. 30, will now operate as a three-day cruise departing from Mobile on Friday, Aug. 31. For all guests sailing on this voyage, Carnival will provide complimentary motorcoach transportation from Port of New Orleans and the New Orleans airport to Mobile.
Guests who opt to sail on this voyage will receive a 50 percent refund of their cruise fare and a 25 percent discount on a future three- to five-day cruise. Guests also have the option of cancelling and receiving a credit for a future cruise equal to the amount of their cruise fare.”
Carnival is reimbursing guests for incidentals, hotel, flight changes and other costs. Guest who purchased flights with Carnival’s FlyAweigh program will automatically have their flights adjusted to the new day and time.
Guests should continue to monitor Carnival’s website or sign-up for text alerts by texting CCL1 to 278473.
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