Hurricane Ida ushers in a new season of travel. The cruise ship Caribbean Princess has been docked in New Orleans since the beginning of Hurricane Ida, and this week it finally made its way out of the storm. The ship docked at the Port of New Orleans on Tuesday—a full day after the city’s other Carnival cruise ship, the Splendor, left for a Caribbean tour.
New Orleans has been getting back to normal after Hurricane Ida struck the region on Monday. Using a combination of traffic cameras, radar, and social media, Travel Pulse’s travel sister sites have tracked the progress of Carnival’s Mardi Gras season ships. Carnival’s newest ship, the Carnival Triumph, was the first to arrive in New Orleans, while three other ships are expected in the coming days.
After staying away and canceling the initial September 5th departure due to Hurricane Ida, Carnival Glory has finally arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Carnival cruise liner was permitted to approach the port of New Orleans ahead of the ship’s delayed restart.
New Orleans welcomes Carnival Glory.
Carnival Glory has been permitted to pass across the Mississippi River and dock at the cruise terminal in downtown New Orleans after the Port of New Orleans reopened after Hurricane Ida last week. It comes after Hurricane Ida forced the ship to stay safely away from her homeport.
“Effective September 1, 2021 at 3 p.m., the Captain of the Port (COTP) New Orleans has established port condition NORMAL,” according to Port Nola. Vessel movement and cargo activities are permitted, but only under certain conditions.”
Also see: How to Get to the Cruise Port in New Orleans
Ida made landfall on August 29 as a severe category 4 hurricane, causing extensive flooding, torrential rain, and high gusts. Isa also caused extensive power disruptions, affecting over one million homes and businesses. Our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by Hurricane Harvey.
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The ship’s initial return trip from New Orleans was canceled since the city was still under emergency management and the canal leading up to the cruise port was still blocked. The Carnival Glory was supposed to leave on a seven-day Bahamas cruise on September 5, with stops in Bimini, Freeport, and Nassau.
Carnival gave vaccinated passengers the option of transferring to the Carnival Vista sailing out of the Port of Galveston in Texas on September 4 to make up for the canceled trip. That trip will be a seven-day Western Caribbean adventure, including stops in Honduras, Belize, and Mexico’s Cozumel.
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With New Orleans trying to restore normalcy, it seems like Carnival Glory’s planned departure on September 12 will go place. Carnival Cruise Line Brand Ambassador John Heald stated that the ship is undergoing Coast Guard inspections. From September 12, the ship will begin receiving supplies and preparing for guest operations.
As a result, the Carnival Glory’s maiden return voyage will be a seven-day Western Caribbean itinerary that includes stops at Mahogany Bay, Belize, and Cozumel, as well as three days at sea. The Conquest-class ship will be the fleet’s eighth to resume operations, and the first to leave New Orleans since the restrictions started in March 2020.
Eight Carnival cruise ships have resumed service thus far, with departure ports in Miami, Seattle, Long Beach, Port Canaveral, and Galveston. Carnival Pride will resume operations from Baltimore, Maryland on the same day as Carnival Glory. Nine more ships will be launched before the end of the year.