Two cruise ships by Carnival Cruise Lines were delayed due to bad weather from Tropical Storm Karen near their home port of New Orleans.
Both vessels were expected to port in New Orleans on Sunday; however, they ended up coming in on Monday instead.
The cruise ships delayed were Elation and Conquest but they both made it safely into their home port of New Orleans.
“Our top priority was to keep a safe distance from the storm while we waited for the river to re-open,” said cruise line president and CEO Gerry Cahill.
Carnival spokeswoman Jennifer De La Cruz said passengers on the delayed cruises would not be provided compensation for the act of Mother Nature. She said the cruise line would waive posting automatic gratuities to passenger accounts for the extra time and would help with logistical arrangements once passengers arrive back in New Orleans.
“Travel arrangements or flight modifications are at the guests’ expense but typically airlines are quite cooperative in this sort of scenario,” De La Cruz said.
The Elation’s next voyage, which was to embark Saturday, has been modified from a five-day Mexico cruise to a three-day cruise to nowhere. “Guests who opt to proceed with the cruise will receive a 50% refund for this voyage and a 50% discount toward a future three-to five-day cruise,” the line said.
Carnival Elation was carrying close to 2,500 passengers, and Conquest had over 3,000.