(Update, 5:45 p.m.) -- According to the latest reports from the National Hurricane Center, the tropical storm warning and tropical storm watch for areas west of the Alabama/Mississippi border are no longer in effect. However, a tropical storm warning remains in place for the northeastern Gulf Coast between the Suwannee River in Florida and Alabama. Tropical Storm Fay is still moving west at 7 miles per hour, but the storm is now expected to weaken in the next 24 hours. No additional cruise itineraries have been affected by the storm as of this afternoon.
(Noon) -- Tropical Storm Fay has caused Carnival Sensation to bypass its planned debarkation stop in Port Canaveral, Florida. The ship, which was scheduled to arrive in Port Canaveral on Sunday, August 24, will now be debarking in Port Everglades, the port for Ft. Lauderdale.
Carnival Sensation will then reposition from Port Everglades for its next sailing; the ship will arrive in Port Canaveral at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, and boarding for Carnival Sensation's planned four-night Bahamas cruise will begin at 9:30. Because of the later boarding, Carnival Sensation's itinerary has been changed and its scheduled stop in Freeport has been moved to Wednesday, August 27.
The National Hurricane Center reports that a tropical storm warning remains in effect for the northeastern Gulf Coast of Florida, and has been extended southward along the northern Gulf Coast to the Mississippi River. In addition, a tropical storm watch has been issued for areas west of the mouth of the Pearl River to Grand Isle, Louisiana.
Fay is currently located 100 miles southeast of Pensacola, Florida, and continues to move west at 7 m.p.h. across the Florida Panhandle. According to the NHC, Tropical Storm Fay will reach the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and Alabama on Sunday. The storm's maximum sustained winds are near 45 m.p.h. The NHC does not predict Tropical Storm Fay to weaken within the next few days.
Fay has already caused changes to a number of ship itineraries, affecting Disney, Carnival, Royal Caribbean and NCL sailings.
Carnival Fantasy is expected to depart Mobile, Alabama on August 23, as planned. So far, Carnival has not reported any itinerary changes for this ship.
In the meantime, we're keeping an eye on Mobile and Tropical Storm Fay. Stay tuned.
--by Caroline Costello, Editorial Assistant
Update: Just In -- Fay Impacts Carnival Sensation Sunday
August 23, 2008