Extratropical Storm Lee Disrupts Cruise Itineraries

September 5, 2011
(5:45 p.m. EDT) -- Tropical Storm Lee is well inland and has been reclassified as an extratropical storm, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm has caused delays for both Norwegian Cruise Line and Carnival Cruises on cruises in the Gulf.

The storm is expected to cross southern Louisiana, turning gradually northeastward and and continuing into Mississippi, Alabama and eventually the Tennessee Valley and southern Appalachian mountains. Heavy rainfall can be expected to accompany the storm.

Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes

Carnival Triumph arrived in New Orleans several hours later than scheduled on September 5. According to the cruise line, the itinerary for the next voyage has not been impacted.

Carnival Elation was scheduled to dock in Mobile, Alabama, on September 5. According to a statement from the line, Elation is now set to arrive in port on Tuesday, September 6, to begin the debarkation process. On its upcoming cruise, the ship will operate a modified four-day itinerary, departing Mobile on Tuesday and returning Saturday, with a day-long calling at Cozumel, Mexico. Guests sailing on the modified itinerary will receive a pro-rated refund equal to one day of their cruise fare. Norwegian Spirit's arrival in New Orleans was postponed until the late evening of September 5, and guests who were scheduled to board Spirit on Sunday, September 4, are asked to refrain from arriving at the pier until Tuesday, September 6. Embarkation for the delayed cruise is scheduled to take place at 11 a.m. local time on Tuesday. According to the cruise line, Norwegian Spirit will sail a revised itinerary calling in Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico. Guests on the shortened cruise will receive a two-day refund based on the cruise fare paid as an on-board credit.

--by Jamey Bergman, Web Content Manager, U.K.

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