Carnival Cruise Line announced Wednesday that one of their ships has been diverted to Mobile due to the developing tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico.
Carnival Valor was meant to dock in New Orleans on Thursday, but the cruise line had to change course.
Carnival released this statement:
We continue to work closely with our Fleet Operations Center in Miami to monitor Potential Tropical Cyclone Two, now located in the northeast Gulf of Mexico. Based on the latest forecast, a hurricane watch has been issued for the Louisiana area. Given the expected rise in river water levels and deteriorating port conditions, there is uncertainty about our ability to return to New Orleans tomorrow.
We have made the decision to proceed to the Port of Mobile, from where we will operate tomorrow's cruise. This will allow us the opportunity to disembark guests on the current voyage, as scheduled, and deliver the cruise vacation you were expecting.
Complimentary bus transportation for all guests will be provided from New Orleans to the cruise terminal in Mobile. Please plan to arrive at the terminal in New Orleans at your pre-selected Arrival Appointment time. If you have purchased transfers from the airport, we will take you directly to Mobile. The final bus will leave from New Orleans at 2:00 PM (CDT). Check-in will take place when you arrive at the Mobile cruise terminal.
Please do not proceed to Mobile directly as the ship will be returning to the New Orleans terminal at the end of the cruise. Also, since parking at the New Orleans terminal may be limited, we suggest you make arrangements to be dropped off. Additionally, please hand-carry your travel documentation and any medications you may need, as luggage delivery may run later than normal.
Our arrival time in Cozumel on Saturday is now scheduled for approximately 9:00 AM and all guests must be back on board by 6:00 PM. Pre-purchased Carnival shore excursions will be adjusted to reflect the new time in port.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this change may cause and thank you for your patience and understanding. Our entire team will work to ensure your transfer to New Orleans is a smooth one and your cruise is fun and memorable!