(4:15 p.m.)-- As a result of Hurricane Rita’s approach toward Galveston, Carnival Cruise Lines, which had already announced that the return of Carnival Conquest and Elation – both ships are based in that Texas Gulf port – would be delayed. Now the cruise line is offering more specifics, both for folks currently onboard and those who had planned to embark on new cruises this weekend. They are:
In both cases, passengers booked for this weekend's departures on both Carnival Conquest and Elation can request a full refund.
Carnival's Elation, originally slated to disembark and embark passengers from Galveston on Saturday, will now return on Tuesday. Its original five night voyage – the cruise that was supposed to depart on Saturday – has been turned into a two-day trip to nowhere. Carnival has established a set price: $99 - $199, depending on stateroom category. Folks who elect to take the cruise will receive a refund of the difference between that amount and the fare they paid. In addition, they will receive a 25 percent discount on a future 3 – 5 night cruise.
Carnival Conquest, scheduled to return on Sunday, will now arrive on Tuesday. Folks slated to sail on Sunday’s seven night cruise – which will now be a five night voyage – will receive a 30 percent refund and a $50 per person onboard credit. Ports of call for the abbreviated trip will be Progreso and Cozumel.
Royal Caribbean reported yesterday that the earliest Rhapsody of the Seas will return to Galveston is Monday, September 26 (the ship was originally slated to turn-around there on Sunday). Folks booked on Sunday's sailing will, at best, not leave until Monday. Royal Caribbean will provide passengers booked on airlines with up to $100 apiece for change fees though suggests folks wait until more is known to make any new ticket arrangements.
Those who travel on the now-abbreviated voyage will receive compensation based on embarkation date and itinerary modifications -- neither of which are set in stone at this point. Otherwise, those who are booked and who elect to cancel will receive a letter of credit for the amount they paid for their cruise.
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Carnival Offers Specifics On Delayed Elation & Conquest
September 23, 2005