Carnival's Fantasy Back to Sea After Barge Bash

February 15, 2007
Barge Hits Carnival's Fantasy; February 10 Cruise Canceled Carnival's Fantasy Expected to Sail Thursday

Carnival Cruise Lines' Fantasy is set to sail today after emergency repairs to a hole in the hull.

Cruise Critic member cruisingjon posts in the Carnival forum, "Well, we are aboard Fantasy and preparing for muster drill. Those of you who have been looking for Fantasy in the port cam won't see her -- she is turned around the other way out of view of the camera for the repairs that needed to be made. Repairs are done and we are ready to sail. Thought I would update everyone that Fantasy is set to sail!"

As we reported previously, the ship was on its way back to New Orleans after a Caribbean cruise when a commercial tow barge lost control and struck its port side. Though nobody was injured, the accident left a 30-ft. gash in the ship's hull -- prompting the cancellation of the February 10 cruise.

--by Melissa Baldwin, Senior Editor