Carnival Cruise Line has canceled the Carnival Victory cruise scheduled to depart Sept. 11, and has shortened several other scheduled cruises because of anticipated delays in opening PortMiami.

Carnival said there are two sunken sailboats in the channel that must be recovered prior to reopening the port. "We are in close contact with port officials in Miami and have been informed that port assessment activities are partially complete," a Carnival travel alert said.

Based on an anticipated opening late on Sept. 12 or the morning of Sept. 13, it provided guidance for several of its ships sailing from Miami. Carnival Vista's seven-day Sept. 9 cruise will be converted to a four-day cruise to Cozumel departing Sept. 13. The Sept. 9 Carnival Glory cruise has been shortened to a three-day cruise to Nassau and Freeport departing Sept. 13. The Sept. 11 Carnival Sensation cruise has been shortened to a three-day cruise to Nassau departing Sept. 13.

The Glory, Vista and Victory are returning to Miami and will be in position to dock, contingent on the port reopening.

The Carnival Victory is returning with 499 guests onboard from a previous cruise, a Carnival spokesman said.

At Port Everglades, the Carnival Conquest and Carnival Splendor are in position to dock on Sept. 12. The port is in the process of restoring power to the cruise terminal and port officials are optimistic it will reopen Tuesday, Carnival said.

Carnival Splendor guests from the Sept. 3 sailing will have the option of staying onboard the ship until Thursday to accommodate anyone who may have been displaced due to canceled flights.

Carnival Conquest's scheduled Sept. 9 cruise has been converted to a four-day cruise to Cozumel now departing Sept. 12, pending the opening of the port.

The Carnival Magic, based at Port Canaveral, debarked 1,600 guests in New Orleans on Sept. 11 after being diverted there because of Hurricane Irma. Another 2,597 guests are still aboard. They are scheduled to arrive at Port Canaveral on Sept. 13. The Sept. 9 cruise has been converted to a three-day cruise to Freeport and Nassau, departing on Sept. 13.

The Carnival Paradise departed Cozumel on Sept. 11 and is headed for either Tampa or Port Canaveral, depending on the availability of the port in Tampa.

Carnival said all ships are housing guests other than the Carnival Ecstasy, which terminated its last voyage in Charleston on Sept. 8, and the Carnival Liberty, which terminated its last voyage in Port Canaveral on the 7th. It said those ships were not in a position for relief missions to Caribbean islands stricken by Irma because of where they were sent to evade the storm.

The Carnival Fascination, homeported in San Juan, is scheduled to deliver supplies to St. Kitts later this week.  A delivery of supplies is scheduled to arrive in Grand Turk, as well.

Carnival said it is communicating with officials in many of the Caribbean islands and working on a plan to begin delivering supplies on an immediate and sustained, longer-term basis. Those deliveries would be worked into ships' cruise itineraries as part of Carnival's operations.

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