Update, February 24, 4 p.m. EST: Carnival Legend should be arriving into port at 4 p.m., according to spokesman Gulliksen. Embarkation for the next cruise will start at 7 p.m. with departure at 11 p.m., but the delay should not impact the scheduled itinerary. Passengers will receive a $15 per person credit to their shipboard accounts to cover lunch expenses.
Update, February 24, 1:37 p.m. EST: Norwegian has updated its Web site to announce embarkation will begin at 7 p.m.
(February 24, 12:24 p.m. EST) -- Heavy fog has closed the Tampa cruise port and delayed the arrival of two cruise ships, Carnival Legend and Norwegian Dawn, this morning. The delay will impact debarkation of current cruise passengers and delay the embarkation for the subsequent cruise.
Norwegian Dawn has just received the Coast Guard okay to head into port, according to a noon EST e-mail by Norwegian spokeswoman AnneMarie Matthews. The ship should arrive at the terminal at approximately 4 p.m. In a statement half an hour earlier, the line says that "we expect embarkation for today's cruise to begin between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. We are asking all embarking guests to please not arrive at the terminal before this time because it has limited facilities."
Carnival Legend received the green light to "start the approach into the channel at 11 a.m. EST," says Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen in an e-mail. It will take several hours for the ship to reach the port, and a revised embarkation time is not yet available.
We'll keep you posted as the cruise lines issue updates.
--by Erica Silverstein, Features Editor