(8:30 a.m. EDT) -- With the remnants of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Isaac now dumping much needed rain on middle America, the port of New Orleans has announced it will reopen today. Carnival Elation will therefore return to New Orleans rather than Mobile, Alabama, as previously announced.
Tropical Storm Isaac hit New Orleans on Aug. 29 as a Category One hurricane -- seven years to the day after Katrina devastated the port city. The storm, which caused dangerous storm surges and brought heavy rains necessitated the closing of the port.
Carnival Cruises Lines had to postpone the Aug. 30 departure of Carnival Elation by one day and had announced it would sail from the Port of Mobile on Aug. 31. The cruise will now sail from New Orleans instead.
Carnival Elation will arrive back in New Orleans this afternoon and embarkation for the shortened three-day cruise will take place today between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Erato Street Cruise Terminal.
Guests who choose to sail will receive a 50 percent refund of their cruise fare and a 25 percent discount on a future three- to five-day cruise. Guests also have the option of cancelling and receiving a credit for a future cruise equal to the amount of their cruise fare.