Carnival's Fantasy Expected to Sail Thursday

February 14, 2007

Update: Booked on Fantasy's February 15 sailing? Bon voyage: As of 4 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Carnival Cruise Lines expects Fantasy to depart on Thursday as scheduled.

(February 12) -- Carnival Cruise Lines' 70,367-ton, 2,056-passenger Fantasy is undergoing repairs after being struck by a barge on Saturday on the Mississippi River.

As we reported previously, the ship was on its way back to New Orleans after a Caribbean cruise when, according to a statement by the cruise line, a commercial tow barge lost control and collided with a river bank before striking the port side of Fantasy. Though nobody was injured, the accident left a 30-ft. gash in the ship's hull; the barge sustained minor damage.

Fantasy's February 10 sailing was canceled as repairs are expected to take several days. At this point, according to a company spokesman, Fantasy's next voyage is expected to sail as scheduled on February 15 -- we'll keep you posted.

--by Melissa Baldwin, Senior Editor