|(September 14, 5:58 p.m.) -- Update: The Port of Galveston is closed until further notice. Carnival has canceled the September 14 departure of Carnival Conquest and the September 15 departure of Carnival Ecstasy. Passengers on these itineraries will receive a full refund. Current passengers on Carnival Conquest and Ecstasy will now disembark in New Orleans on September 15 and 16, respectively. Cruise travelers will have two days to debark their ship or can choose to sail with the ship back to Galveston -- although at this time, it's still unclear when the port will reopen.|
(September 12, 2:43 p.m.) -- Due to Hurricane Ike's impending arrival in Texas, officials have closed the Port of Galveston through Sunday, September 14, and possibly through Monday, September 15. In light of this news, Carnival has adjusted its itineraries as follows:
Carnival Conquest: Carnival Conquest will sail a shortened itinerary. Instead of departing Galveston on Sunday for a seven-night cruise, the ship will depart on Monday for a six-night cruise, which will call at Grand Cayman and Cozumel. Passengers booked on this cruise will receive a 15 percent refund on their cruise fare and a 25 percent discount on a future three- to seven-night Carnival cruise. Alternately, passengers may choose to cancel and receive a full refund.
Should the Port of Galveston remain closed through Monday, Carnival Conquest will sail a five-night itinerary to Cozumel and Progreso, departing on Tuesday, September 16.
Carnival Ecstasy: Carnival Ecstasy is currently sailing a revised itinerary to Veracruz instead of Cozumel. Its next voyage, a five-night cruise to Cozumel and Progreso, is currently scheduled to depart on Monday as planned. However, should the port remain closed through Monday, the ship will leave Tuesday on a four-night cruise to Cozumel.
We'll keep you posted throughout the weekend.
-- by Erica Silverstein, Associate Editor