Hurricane Barry Impacts Multiple Carnival Cruise Line Itineraries
The upgraded category 1 Hurricane Barry is impacting multiple Carnival Cruise Line itineraries and two major cruise ports are closed.
Hurricane Barry Affects Carnival Cruise Ships
Carnival Cruise Line has released a new update today for three cruise ships which are based out of the U.S. Gulf coast. The just updated category 1 Hurricane is causing disruptions to the cruise industry and beyond with Carnival ship itinerary changes and the closure of Port of New Orleans in Louisiana and Port of Mobile in Alabama.
You can read our previous post about how Tropical Storm Barry was affecting cruise ships right here.
The Fantasy-class cruise ship which is based out of Mobile, Alabama is supposed to ending her 5-day Western Caribbean cruise on July 13. The Carnival ship is scheduled to depart on the next voyage later today from the port for a 4-day itinerary.
As the Port of Mobile is still closed it is unlikely the regular schedule will take place. The ship will be keeping a safe distance away from the storm and will head to port once it re-opens. Guests who are booked on the July 13 sailing as being told not to make their way to the terminal and to keep checking for updates.
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The Conquest-class ship is currently on a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise and is scheduled to arrive back into New Orleans tomorrow morning, July 14. Carnival is monitoring developments of the Hurricane and the ship will dock as soon as the port re-opens.
Guests on the next 7-day Eastern Caribbean July 14 sailing should keep checking for latest updates before making their way to the terminal tomorrow just in case it remains closed.
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Carnival Valor is currently on a 4-day Western Caribbean cruise which is scheduled to end at Port of New Orleans on July 15. It is not yet known if the port will remain closed on that day. it all depends on flooding, port damage and any other impact by Hurricane Barry.
Guests booked on the next sailing which is scheduled to depart on the 5-day Western Caribbean cruise should keep checking for updates from the cruise line.
The Carnival cruise ship has already been affected by the storm. The current sailing had to depart from Mobile instead of New Orleans and passengers were transported to the alternative port by bus. They could have to deal with more travel headaches if the Carnival Valor can’t return as normal.
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The Port of New Orleans has also issued the following statement which does mention that the port is set to re-open on Monday, July 15:
The Port Administration Building is closed for all nonessential personnel on Thursday, July 11, 2019, and Friday, July 12, 2019, in order to prepare for any possible severe weather and should reopen Monday, July 15, 2019 with regular schedules.
The Flood Authority closed all MRL floodgates beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. Effective at 5 p.m., Friday, July 12, 2019, the Lower Mississippi River closed to all vessel traffic from mile marker 20 to mile marker 303.
Further updates on how Hurricane Barry is impacting the cruise industry will be coming. So far only Carnival Cruise Line is being impacted. Royal Caribbean seems to be in the clear for now but things could change.
Hurricane Barry Latest
Hurricane Barry has grown in strength and is now at a category 1 with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph according to the National Hurricane Center (NOAA).
The Hurricane is moving northwest at 6 mph and has reached the gulf coast at around 65 KM south of Lafayette, Louisiana. Hurricane Barry will weaken as it moves over land but will still be extremely dangerous with heavy rainfall which will bring flooding.