Tropical Storm Fay, the destructive never-quite-a-hurricane storm that swamped Florida all last week and resulted in a number of itinerary changes for over 10 ships and the closure of Port Canaveral (which reopened on August 22), has finally weakened to a tropical depression. Tropical storm warnings for the northeastern Gulf Coast of Mexico have been discontinued, as a diminished Fay heads toward Alabama and Mississippi.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Fay's maximum sustained winds have waned to near 35 miles per hour, and the storm is currently located 60 miles northeast of Mobile, Alabama. Although Tropical Depression Fay is fading, it continues to cause flooding and heavy rains in areas along the Gulf Coast as it moves northwest at about 8 m.p.h.
Carnival Fantasy departed from Mobile, Alabama yesterday as planned. The ship is scheduled to return to Mobile on August 28. Carnival's Holiday is also set to stop in its Mobile homeport; it's expected in the port on Monday. No further itinerary changes have been caused by the storm.
This will be our last report on Fay and its impact on cruise travel. Stay tuned, however, as we enter hurricane season's busiest period. We'll keep you posted!