(February 12) -- Carnival Cruise Lines' 70,367-ton, 2,056-passenger Fantasy is undergoing repairs after being struck by a barge on Saturday on the Mississippi River.
As we reported previously, the ship was on its way back to New Orleans after a Caribbean cruise when, according to a statement by the cruise line, a commercial tow barge lost control and collided with a river bank before striking the port side of Fantasy. Though nobody was injured, the accident left a 30-ft. gash in the ship's hull; the barge sustained minor damage.
Fantasy's February 10 sailing was canceled as repairs are expected to take several days. At this point, according to a company spokesman, Fantasy's next voyage is expected to sail as scheduled on February 15 -- we'll keep you posted.
--by Melissa Baldwin, Senior Editor