Carnival cruise out of Norfolk canceled due to hurricane

By Tom Stieghorst
Carnival Cruise Lines said Sunday it has canceled a cruise scheduled to depart from Norfolk, Va., because of preparations there for Hurricane Sandy.

Carnival said the terminal in Norfolk is behind a flood-control gate that is likely to be closed Sunday, and it had no alternative but to cancel the Oct. 28 departure of the Carnival Glory. Refunds will be processed within two weeks.

In addition, Carnival changed the departure days for several ships to avoid rough weather caused by Sandy.

The Carnival Sensation, which was scheduled to depart Port Canaveral on a four-day cruise Sunday, was experiencing a significant delay and was held for departure until 3 p.m. Monday, when it will make a three-day cruise to the Bahamas, Carnival said.

Carnival said the port in New York is expected to be closed on Monday because of the storm. As a result, it moved up the departure of the Carnival Miracle to Sunday. The cruise is scheduled to return on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Guests will have gratuities covered for the extra day. The itinerary was altered to let the Miracle pick up supplies at Port Canaveral because provisioning in New York could not be rescheduled on short notice.

Also, the Carnival Dream and Carnival Ecstasy are scheduled to dock at Port Canaveral Sunday. The Dream's seven-day cruise will be shortened to six days, and Ecstasy's five-day cruise will be shortened to four.

Meanwhile, Royal Caribbean International said the Jewel of the Seas would board guests in Boston on Sunday but would not depart until Tuesday, when it will sail a modified itinerary.

The Enchantment of the Seas will skip a planned call in Bermuda Sunday to find calm seas.

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