Carnival Cruise Line Details Operational Changes for Hurricane Ian

Carnival Cruise Line is among the many cruise operators adjusting schedules and canceling some voyages in response to Hurricane Ian and related port closures. 

On September 29, 2022, the line issued this statement: "Carnival Cruise Line’s Fleet Operations team in Miami is continuing to closely monitor Hurricane Ian and its potential impact on current itineraries. Our thoughts are with our guests and local residents who are affected by the storm. Because of expected weather impacts, Port Canaveral, the Port of Tampa Bay and the Port of Jacksonville (JAXPort) are now closed."

Thus, Carnival canceled two cruises yesterday and one today as follows:

  • Carnival Liberty – Three-day cruise from Port Canaveral, FL, on Friday, Sept. 30.
  • Carnival Paradise – Four-day cruise from Tampa, FL,  on Thursday, Sept. 29.
  • Carnival Elation – Four-day cruise from Jacksonville, FL, on Thursday, Sept. 29.

Guests booked on those sailings will receive a full refund and a 25 percent Future Cruise Credit (FCC).

In addition, itineraries have been adjusted for the following sailings:

Carnival Sunrise, which is currently sailing a five-day itinerary that departed Miami, FL, on Saturday, Sept. 24, did not stop at the Port of Bimini in the Bahamas on Wednesday. The ship instead spent the day at sea and returned to Miami yesterday. .

Guests embarking on Carnival Sunrise’s next cruise from PortMiami were asked to delay their original arrival appointment by 3.5 hours.

Carnival Liberty, which is currently sailing a four-day itinerary that departed Port Canaveral, FL, on Monday, September 26, did not stop in Princess Cays, Bahamas Wednesday. The ship will remain at sea and resume its course to Port Canaveral, staying safely behind the storm. Carnival said that "this allows the best opportunity to dock once the port reopens."

Carnival Horizon, which is currently sailing a six-day itinerary that departed Miami, FL, on Saturday, September 25, did not stop at Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands Wednesday. The ship visited Cozumel yesterday and will return to PortMiami on October 1.

Carnival Paradise, which is currently sailing on a five-day cruise that departed September 24 from Tampa, FL, extended a visit to Cozumel, Mexico overnight, and then departed Cozumel on Wednesday to begin heading back to Tampa. The ship will remain at sea and resume its course to the Port of Tampa Bay. "This allows the best opportunity to dock once the port reopens," the line said.

Carnival Elation, which is currently on a five-day sailing from Jacksonville, Fla., replaced a scheduled visit to Princess Cay with a sea day on Tuesday. The ship visited Freeport, Bahamas, on Wednesday instead of a scheduled sea day. Carnival said: "The ship is at sea and will resume its course to Jacksonville, which allows us the best opportunity to dock once the port reopens."

Carnival Ecstasy, which departed Mobile, AL, Monday, September 26 on a five-day sailing, visited Progreso, Mexico on Wednesday and Cozumel on Thursday; that was a change in the order of the ports. 

Carnival Glory, which departed from New Orleans on Sunday, September 25 for a seven-day sailing, is now visiting Mahogany Bay, Roatan Belize and Cozumel, Mexico. The ship had been scheduled to visit Key West, FL as well as Freeport and Nassau, Bahamas.

South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland Ports

In addition, on its Weather Alert page on the Carnival website the line also gives a bit of detail as Hurricane Ian moves further up the coast -- potentially impacting Charleston, SC; Norfolk, VA; and Baltimore, MD.

Carnival Sunshine, which departed Charleston, S.C. on Monday, September 26, is expected to dock once the Port of Charleston reopens, which is expected to happen Sunday. The ship was originally scheduled to return Saturday, October 1. The ship’s next voyage, which was originally scheduled to depart Saturday, October 1, is now delayed and is planned to operate as a four-day sailing departing Sunday, Oct. 2, with a one port call to Nassau, Bahamas. Guests will receive a one-day pro-rated refund of our cruise fare and a $50 onboard credit. Guests who decide not to travel will receive a full refund.

Similarly, the line suggests guests on Carnival Legend's departure from Baltimore and Carnival Magic's departure from Norfolk, both slated for October 1, 2022, also sign up for the alerts. 

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