(5:49 p.m. EST) -- Dense fog in Galveston has forced the 2,758-passenger Carnival Triumph to delay debarkation, and consequently the departure of its next sailing.
According to a statement from Carnival, the ship's arrival into Galveston was delayed until 5 p.m. CST, several hours behind schedule, due to the dense fog. The ship is now scheduled to depart later this evening for its four-night Western Caribbean cruise visiting Cozumel.
Passengers on the now-shortened sailing will receive $15 in ship credit to compensate them for the lunch they missed onboard.
The forecast for this weekend, when Carnival Magic and Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas are set to sail from Galveston, also calls for sea fog, which materializes due to a certain variance between the air and water temperatures. The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for portions of southeast Texas including Galveston. "Sea fog ... some dense ... may develop again Sunday into Monday ... [it] should be limited to coastal areas, especially those in and around the Galveston Bay area." Monday is the next scheduled departure for Carnival Triumph, which runs on a four-night, five-night, five-night sequence.