Cruise Ship Delayed Overnight Due to Galveston Fog

February 25, 2014
Carnival Triumph (2:45 p.m. EST) -- For the second time this year, a Carnival Cruise Lines ship was forced to spend the night at Galveston after thick fog shut the port down.

Carnival Triumph returned to Galveston last night near midnight, more than 12 hours overdue. Passengers debarked around 7 a.m. today, as there weren't enough personnel to do a full debark in the middle of the night. Plus, many passengers were already asleep by then, a Carnival spokesman told Cruise Critic.

Embarkation for the subsequent sailing, originally scheduled to start yesterday afternoon, began late this morning and the ship is scheduled to depart at 4 pm. Triumph will now operate a four-night cruise to Cozumel instead of the scheduled five-night sailing to Cozumel and Progreso.

Passengers on the modified cruise are receiving a prorated refund of their cruise fare and refund of all taxes, fees and port expenses for the missed call in Progreso.

Carnival Magic similarly was delayed a day earlier this month after fog shut down the port. Magic was able to make all three scheduled ports of call, despite the delay.

--By Dori Saltzman, News Editor