Florida Ports to Re-Open Monday, New Orleans Prepares for Isaac

isaac (UPDATE 2:00pm) It’ll be business as usual today as three Florida cruise ports are scheduled to re-open after being shut down over the weekend.

Port Miami, Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) and Tampa all were closed by the Coast Guard over the weekend as Tropical Storm Isaac made its way over Key West and into the Gulf of Mexico, where it’s expected to strengthen throughout the day. Tropical Storm Isaac’s overall impact on South Florida consisted of a lot of rain, wind and cruise ship diversions.

Over the weekend Carnival Legend had to divert to Port Canaveral, causing disembarking and embarking passenger to be bussed back and forth to the ships homeport of Tampa.

Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas is seeking shelter from the storm in Port Everglades, postponing its next seven-night sailing til Tuesday, August 28. The company asked guests to not even come to the port until Tuesday at 11:30am.

In Miami, Carnival Valor spent an extra day at sea, scheduled back today. Guests embarking on Carnival Imagination, Majesty of the Seas and Norwegian Sky will also experience delayed embarkation today (depending when the port’s all-clear is given).

In New Orleans, Carnival Elation departed Saturday on a five-night sailing and Carnival Conquest departed Sunday on a seven-night sailing. At the time of publishing Carnival isn’t reporting any itinerary disruptions for these New Orleans based sailings.

Carnival Paradise will sail early on 8/30 because of the RNC, and also spending three days at sea, dropping Grand Cayman (a tender port).

The National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane warning for New Orleans on Sunday evening.

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